Our First ‘Tour De Cat’ is a great success

On Sunday 13th October at 8.30am sharp, 18 cyclists braved the weather and took to the country roads that link our six wonderful pubs. They left from the Church Inn in Mobberley after registration.

With all the rain we did think we would have a poor showing, but to get 18 cyclists was amazing! In front of them was a one hundred mile challenge, taking them in to Staffordshire, to our Fitzherbert Arms pub via our Cholmondeley Arms and Three Greyhounds Inn before returning to Mobberley to pick off the Roebck Inn and Bulls Head. With the rain falling it was a gruelling, yet rewarding trip. Every rider had to collect a tiddlywink at each pub until they had the six. A Burger and a pint or three were waiting!!

Everyone completed the Cheshire Cat 6 other than three who missed out the Fitzherbert Arms, but did do the ‘Cheshire 5’ instead. The photos tell the story of how delighted everyone was to have risen to the challenge.

All the riders arrived back safely to the Bulls Head in Mobberley with the exception of three riders who had started at the Fitzherbert Arms and circled round to finish there rather than the Bulls Head.

All enjoyed a drink and a burger ‘on the house’ before they took part in (Cheshire Cat owner) Tim’s cycling ‘Tim-bola’ which raised a few more pounds for our company charity ‘Action Against Hunger’. On the day we raised £315.00 for the charity! Which is a really great result. Despite the weather, the cyclists loved it and most importantly loved our pubs!!

We would like to thank cycling enthusiast Sam, from our bank HSBC, for supporting the event and for supplying the British Cycling Jerseys and books as prizes in the ‘Tim-bola’.

Bigger thanks have to go to Adam from our wine merchants Boutinot. Adam is a very keen cyclist too and made all the arrangements for the event with the help of Tim and the pubs too. Adam also helped with the wines for the ‘Tim-bola’ and cycled the 100 miles for good measure!

This is the first time we have held the ‘Safari’ and it will now be an annual feature on the Cheshire Cat calendar! Thank you to all the cyclists who took part, including Rory who travelled from London to have a go!

See you all next year!

Pub in the Park 2019 kicks off!

This year we are honoured to have, not just one, but two pubs at Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park! The Cholmondeley Arms have joined the Church Inn this year and both teams will cook side by side. Not quite ‘when two tribes go to war’ but there will certainly be some friendly competition for sure.

hurch Inn Head chef Richard….Pub Chef of the Year, of course, is leading his team versus Andy, our Cholmondeley Arms Head chef… they are joined by other chefs from our pubs with landlords Simon and Tim of course. Jess will be trying to keep them all under control and Dan is back to help both camps keep up with prep and washing up!

The photo shows every one with Tom Kerridge just before the big opening at the Lambing Shed in Knutsford!

We look forward to a great weekend! See you all soon!

Church Inn wins the treble!

Step aside Manchester City! At the BAFTA theatre in London’s Piccadilly last night the Church Inn came and conquered once more. It was the Pub and Bar Magazine’s annual awards.

This time there was even more recognition, with our Head Chef Richard winning Pub Chef of the Year! On winning Richard said “this is for my entire kitchen team! They work tirelessly with me to bring both classic and seasonal dishes to our guests table. It’s a proud moment for all of us!”

Following the presentation of Richard’s award it was time to see if the Church Inn, having already won ‘Pub of the Year for Cheshire’, could reclaim it’s Northwest crown…up against the likes of the Oast House in Manchester, the Church Inn was announced as the winner of the Northwest region for the second year running!

So with great excitement Simon and Richard went on stage to accept the award from none other than Jay Raynor, the Observer food critic! No one could have dreamt of what happened next! After very close scoring between the top three pubs the Church Inn came out on top and took the UK crown…! Yippee! Big cheers went up as Simon and Richard returned to the stage to pick up the ‘treble’!! Simon was asked by Jay Raynor how it felt to win…Simon replied “this is for our all our team and our very loyal guests….we are delighted!”

So another great night at BAFTA! Well done we are all very proud.

The Knutsford Guardian.

THE Church Inn at Mobberley is celebrating its third success in the National Pub & Bar Awards.

A total of 94 pubs and bars across the country were named the best venues in their respective counties, with The Church Inn being chosen as the top in Cheshire.

Church Inn owner Mary McLaughlin said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award for the third time.

“It’s a true reflection of all the hard work and dedication from our manager, Simon, head chef Richard and all the team – a great achievement for them all.”

From left, head chef Richard Williams, Deputy Manager Rebecca Winskill, Asst Manager Matt Ward, Junior Sous Chef Ged Bethell

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