From Good Friday through to the final sunny weekends of September and maybe October if the weather holds up, the legendary Mobberley Eight bike rides have become an institution!! The tradition is to cycle (or walk) the 8 pubs of Mobberley where a drink or more is enjoyed in each pub.
In fact the true Mobberley eight no longer exists as the true historic Mobberley pubs are the Bird in Hand, The Church Inn, The Bulls Head, The Roebuck, The Plough and Flail, The Chapel House and the Railway inn.
Cyclists add the Frozen Mop or the Stag but nowhere in the history of Mobberley are these two pubs mentioned mainly because they aren’t in Mobberley!!
Maybe the bike ride should be called the Magnificent Mobberley Seven!!
We have decided to recognise what we feel to be the most magnificent Mobberley ‘seven’ cyclists of 2013 and they are the 101 Dalmatians and Cruella de Vil!!! They are pictured below. Well done to all of them and as far as we are concerned they are the best Mobberley ‘Seven’ riders of 2013 as voted by all our teams at both our Mobberley Pubs!!!!
We will be arranging a cup presentation and each year at the end of the Mobberley Seven season we will recognise the best dressed and best behaved Mobberley Sevens!!
As temperatures rise and we actually have the summer we deserve (at long last!!) it is important that we let new potential customers know the wonderful outside space we have here at the Church Inn. To the side we have our terrace opposite St Wilfrid’s Church which gets shade as well as sun. When the Church bells ring you could be in a little square in Italy with a cool Aperol Spritz!!#
To the rear of the pub we have our ‘Wisteria Garden’ which is a sun trap and gets the sun late in to the evening, moving down the step from here is the shady beer garden as the path meanders down to our beautiful bowling green. The views from the rear of the pub across the Cheshire fields are breath-taking. Whether you want sun or shade, atmosphere or views the Church Inn has a little of everything.
We do some great yesteryear cool drinks like the Dubonnet Spritzer as well as the now famous Aperol Spritz. Long and cool in the summer sunshine….there’s nothing better!!
Yes it is true…the boys from Tatton Micro-brewery drink lager too!!! The ‘Tatton Two’ as they will be known, rocked up to the new Church Inn having dropped off one of our new house ales which is to be called Ale’Alujah (see badge).
Their curiosity got the better of them and they slipped in to the pub to have a good look around, then low and behold next minute they were caught on camera sipping our new English ‘craft’ lager called ‘Freedom Four’.
Now these are ale enthusiasts at their best but they were on the fizzy stuff for sure!!! When caught in the act they declared it was because it was English and crafted!! Fair enough but we couldn’t resist getting a shot of them, glasses in hand.
We also celebrate the emergence of English craft beers with our Titanic Stout which is a really good 4.5% porter in keg format. The other house cask ale we offer is in honour of Mobberly’ite Climber George Mallory…know as Mallory’s Mobberley Best a lovely 3.9% session ale from Dunham Massey Brewery.
So take a leaf out of the ‘Tatton Two’s Book and come and have a pint!!!
There’s something English for everyone!!
Yes after 8 gruelling weeks, the longest of any restoration we have done, the new Church Inn re-opened its doors on Wednesday19th June 2013. The pub is truly restored beyond anything we could have expected and anyone that knew the pub before will appreciate the effort of everyone involved in this re-build job.
After being acquired way back in January, in a near derelict state, by Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin this Grade II listed pub is now fully restored and refurbished offering great food in an old ‘Country Tavern’ environment. The pub has a main bar with intimate small dining rooms. There is a ‘boot room’ for a ‘muddy boot’ pint of ale and a private dining room upstairs with a smaller ‘chefs library’ dining, or indeed, meeting room, adjacent. There is now a new sunny garden to the rear of the pub, snaking down to one of Cheshire’s oldest bowling greens. The hedges have been reduced to reveal wonderful views across farmer’s fields from the rear with wisteria growing elegantly above. There is a summer dining terrace to the side of the pub which is now enclosed and secluded with lovely views of St. Wilfrid’s Church opposite. WE are truly in the heart of some of Cheshire’s most beautiful countryside.
The Church Inn is a traditional yet stylish 18th Century country pub located on the edge of Mobberley, a short distance from the village cricket club for whom a ‘cricket corner’ of interest has been added to the bar. The pub has been wonderfully restored and its grand history has been truly revived.
In 1715 the pub was actually called the Bulls Head and changed its name to the Wright Arms some years later, mainly because there was a second pub in Mobberley called the Bulls Head already!! Ironically the Church Inn is now the ‘sister pub’ of the award winning Bulls Head! The name was then changed to the Church Inn because of it’s proximately to the village church.
Freshly cooked food is a massive part of the new Church Inn, all prepared by the excellent team of chefs developed through the kitchens of Tim and Mary’s other pubs. Such dishes as Roast corn-fed Chicken with smoked mash, summer vegetables, griddled baby leeks and tarragon gravy or Gressingham Duck Breast, with herb polenta, Winchester cheese and caramelized beetroot or the Cheshire Farmed Lamb Burger with Anglesey Feta and caramelized onion chutney, pickled cucumber salad and chips get the taste buds tingling.
There is a ‘communion’ of wines celebrated within the pub featuring a list of fifty or so wines from ‘old world’ classics to the ‘new world’ innovations with a few unique additions from as far afield as Mexico and Israel.
The Cask ales are from within a 15 mile boundary as well as one pump dedicated to craft ales from around the country, English Stouts and craft lagers differentiate our offering further.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.