To all our customers, the Cholmondeley Arms re-opened at the beginning of September 2011 following a change of ownership and significant restoration and refurbishment works.
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The ‘Chum’ Team.
This Cheshire pub is a characterful conversion of a country school, all picture-book quaint on the outside and high-ceilinged drama inside. You can enjoy good pub grub and an amazing selection of gins in the old classrooms, then stay overnight in the former headmaster’s house.
A Cheshire pub has welcomed the 200th gin to its record-breaking collection.
The arrival of the 200th gin at The Cholmondeley Arms, near Malpas, marked the end of a week-long ‘Gin Fest’ and the third anniversary of the pub’s refurbishment and opening.
Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin opened the pub in 2011 with 40 gins and established a reputation for stocking a collection of some of the best and most unusual gins in the country.
The 200th gin to be unveiled was a newly launched Burleigh’s Gin.
The new gin arrived at the pub in a helicoptor, where it was welcomed by hundreds of guests and locals celebrating the culmination of ‘Gin Fest’, which saw gin tastings, a collection of sports and vintage cars, live music and a pop-up gin bar in the pub’s garden.
Tim Bird, owner of the Cholmondeley Arms, said: “It was a fantastic festival of gin at the weekend.
“We’re delighted to welcome the 200th gin to our collection and intend to keep building on this in the years to come.”
The pub continues to challenge brand owners and customers to ‘bring a gin to the Inn’ to see if they have it in stock.
Following the publication of the Sawday’s Dog Friendly places 2014 in which three of our pubs are featured the Sunday Telegraph picked up on the launch and together with Sawdays picked their national top ten!!
The Chum was first up because of its great dog welcome, dog biscuits on the bar, dog beer, dog beds in our two ‘dog friendly’ bedrooms and of course all the great walks you can partake in.
We have been known to cook for one or two famous dogs too and our Asst. Manager Monika jokingly insists that a dog can stay at Cholmondeley as long as it wears a hat!! One day a hound will turn up and surprise her.
We are delighted with the recognition and hope with our pub and grounds you will bring your well behaved dog for a visit.
Our motto has always been ‘local and proud’ when we talk about our pubs and our trip to London as the ‘Local Food’ Champions of the Northwest in the ‘Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars’ underlined this statement. Owners Tim and Mary accompanied by Cholmondeley Head Chef Christian and Sales and commercial manager Sophie travelled down to the House of Lords for the awards presentation. Weirdly the event was being held in, no other than, the Cholmondeley Room!!
It was a beautiful warm sunny day as we stood together outside the Cholmondeley Room looking at the fantastic view across the Thames and of the Houses of Parliament.
There were 40 regional champions (including us). 10 in our category. We were the only pub up for an award across the country which we are very proud of. The 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) were presented to top rural businesses by the Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP. The Parliamentary reception was attended by Regional Champions who had travelled from as far afield as the Orkney Islands, the Isle of Anglesey, County Antrim and many points in between. The UK Champions were announced by Countryside Alliance Chairman Kate Hoey MP on what was an exceptional day for Yorkshire. Countryside Alliance President Baroness Mallalieu was on hand to present the inaugural Clarissa Dickson Wright Award to Cumbria’s Sillfield Farm on behalf of her late friend and Awards judge Clarissa, who passed away in March.
Our category was won by ‘Our Cow Molly’ from Dungworth, in South Yorkshire which is a family run business. With the dairy industry in freefall this farming family redoubled its efforts to go the distance for the next generation, diversifying into ice-cream production – a gutsy move that has paid off. Award winning ice-cream is just the tip of the iceberg here, and a commitment to other local producers through a farm shop, as well as the education of youngsters, is also strong. A new dairy building is currently in production on the farm and it will include a huge classroom which will overlook the dairy herd, enabling our Champion to enthuse the next generation about the industry and milk as a super-food.
We were very proud to be a part of such great champions of the countryside. Christian our Head Chef has worked very hard over the last couple of years to ensure the customers arriving at Cholmondeley enjoy locally sourced ingredients from game to lettuce leaves and this is true recognition of his efforts.
This award is dedicated to the Cholmondeley team….thank you for your hard work since we arrived back in 2011.
Our Local MP Stephen O’ Brien leant his support on the day and he too was very proud to see us at the House Of Lords for such a prestigious event.
After the awards London was enjoyed to the full before dashing (and I do mean dashing!!) for the train back to Cheshire.
I stayed at the Cholmondeley Arms on Saturday with my husband Bob. It was our first visit and we thought it was out of this world. Really enjoyed the relaxed vibe and the food and drink was excellent. So big thanks to everyone for a great stay.
I loved my Greenalls Bloom and Fevertree with strawberries so much I have to have a bottle, so as usual I’ve been stalking the internet. Don’t know if you already know of it, but there is a brilliant website, Master of Malt.com. Obviously they specialise in single malts, but they have a decent selection of other spirits, liqueurs etc. They’ve got about 60-70 gins and genevers in stock and some of them look pretty special. I expect you’ve got most of them, but it might be worth a look. I like the look of the saffron gin, and the heather one.
Anyway, sure to see you again in the near future.
I just wanted to say a really big thank you to everyone at the Cholmondeley arms for a great weekend stay. We picked the pub completely out of the blue. We wanted to stay somewhere in Cheshire and we had no idea where to stay but we fancied a warm cosy pub with good food. We looked at various websites but we liked what we saw of the Cholmondeley Arms on the website. We were not disappointed. Great food (the best steak and kidney pie ever), great pub, friendly and helpful staff, great location particularly being so close to Chester and some great Sunday walks. Oh and a great gin selection.
We will definitely recommend the pub to others and we look forward to returning again.
Thank you and well done to everyone for providing first rate service.
J P and M P
Thanks to our friends from CAMRA for featuring the ‘Chum’ on the front page of their excellent “Out Inn Cheshire’ magazine. We were very proud to be featured and it was a great surprise when the magazines arrived for our customers to read that we were featured. We share a real passion for great cask ale so it is apt that one of Cheshire’s most famous pubs is front page news!!
We are very proud of our team who have achieved this success, however the most important thing for the Cholmondeley Arms is to deliver great service consistently year after year and that is our goal. Thank you to our customers for putting us in the book so to speak!!
We will always endeavour to deliver a great experience for all here at ‘the Chum’
We ate at the Cholmondeley arms on Sat 18th Feb. A table for 4 – two had already eaten with you – two were first-timers. If we had been asked to sum up our evening out it was “like a breath of fresh air”. The building, the staff, the food, the service, the choices, the beer, the wine, the cosy fire – in fact everything matched up to the best dining out experience in many years. Congratulations you really have got it spot on.
The Two Fat Ladies star picked the Cholmondeley Arms as her favourite pub in Cheshire!!
The Malpas pub, on Wrenbury Road, is re-opening its bed and breakfast rooms at the end of the month and Dickson Wright, who released the book ‘Rifling through My Drawers’ earlier this year, will be attending the celebratory event. A complete renovation of the pub’s en-suite rooms is being completed throughout October.
In her latest offering, Dickson Wright pays particular attention to the Cholmondeley Arms’ breakfasts. She describes her experience of mornings at the breakfast table as being: “consoled by the hearty breakfasts’
The breakfast also made it onto the ‘10 best things Clarissa Dickson Wright has ever eaten’ list, produced for a BBC Radio 2 show.
THE regulars at the Cholmondeley Arms near Malpas are not the sort to bat an eyelid when a TV chef appears from the kitchen.
The food broadcaster and writer has been using the converted village school, an award-winning pub since 1988, as a staging post on journeys south from her home near Edinburgh for the last 23 years.
‘I find it the most delightful place, and on top of that it serves very good food,’ she says.
‘I stay there very often. I live in Scotland, and if I am going down the West side of the country it’s the perfect place to stop because it’s about halfway down. For instance, I was in London this week so I went by train from Crewe, and left my car at the Cholmondeley.
‘The regulars there are a wonderful mixture of people, farmers, people in the hunting community, there’s a Mancunian tycoon, a wonderful man who brings his vintage car club every year for lunch, there’s the cheese-makers, there’s always something going on.
‘If you go at lunchtime you will always find Johnny O’Shea, who hunted with the Cheshires for 25 years, you get a lot of gardeners because of Cholmondeley Castle gardens, and I’m quite a keen gardener, there’s a huge cross-section.
You get people coming in from Manchester, even to spend the night. It’s a very friendly pub and everybody talks to everybody, so you won’t be left on your own staring at your thumbnails. There are High Court judges and QCs, all sorts of people, one is never strapped for conversation.’
It was Clarissa’s third career, as an unlikely TV presenter, that made her famous. She had already been a barrister and a chef before teaming up with Jennifer Paterson in 1996 as the Two Fat Ladies, puttering about the country on a motorbike and sidecar, in search of fine British food.
They were halfway through filming the fourth series when Jennifer died suddenly, in 1998. Clarissa later appeared with another TV partner in the series Clarissa and the Countryman: sheep farmer Sir Johnny Scott, she has known since she was ten and it was he who told her about the Cholmondeley Arms.
CELEBRITY chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has included a South Cheshire pub in her latest autobiography.
The Two Fat Ladies star picked Cholmondeley Arms at Cholmondeley as her favourite pub in Cheshire.