Welcome to the Cholmondeley Arms

Set in beautiful Cheshire countryside adjacent to Cholmondeley Castle, the Cholmondeley Arms is probably one of England’s most iconic pubs. It sits inside a former Victorian village schoolhouse, on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate. Dating back to 1862 the school was converted in to a pub in 1988 and it was the first public house on the Cholmondeley estate for over a century!

The ‘old schoolhouse’ was originally converted into a village pub by Julian and Ginny Harrison and Guy and Carolyn Ross-Lowe.

The ‘Chum’, as it is dearly nicknamed, was acquired and wonderfully restored in 2011 by Cheshire Pub entrepreneurs Tim Bird and Mary Mclaughlin, who also operate six other award-winning pubs under their Cheshire Cat Pubs and Inns Company, based in Mobberley, Cheshire.

The ‘Chum’ still maintains many of its original features and creates a charming and characterful place to visit. It has won many accolades over the years, building a great reputation for freshly cooked, locally sourced food. Its menu is quintessentially English and includes such truly flavoursome favourites as ‘Our Traditional Pub Plate to share’, ‘Devilled Kidneys on toast’ or for your main meal the ‘Hand crafted Steak and Kidney Pie’ perhaps followed by ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’.

In late 2021 and in to 2022 essential building works to the Cholmondeley Arms were carried out resulting in a 4-month closure. The Chum will re-open on Thursday April 7th 2022. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with large mirrors and church candles, fresh flowers, open fire places and interesting ‘old school’ furniture such as the blackboards featuring forthcoming events. The pub also has six Guest bedrooms situated in the ‘Headmasters House’ opposite.

Famous too for offering 366 different Gins (one for every day in a leap year), local ales brewed within a thirty-five mile radius of the pub and wonderful wine and Port, the Cholmondeley Arms is truly a real pub ‘Local and Proud’, popular with suits, Barbour’s and a smattering of farmers!!