Our first Cholmondeley Arms ‘Sports and Vintage’ Car day goes down well!!

20 cars joined us on Sunday for our first ‘Car meet’ here at the Cholmondeley Arms. Not bad for our first outing on a Bank Holiday weekend too. We kicked off at 10.30am for a couple of hours or so. The weather brightened up as we greeted cars from far afield as well as more local car enthusiasts too.

We had Porsches, BMW’s, Lancia’s (four) and Morgans, a 1972 Cobra, a 1953 MG as well as a ‘Sup’ed up Proton and Peugeot!!! There was a Defender 90 and a Spartan Roadster!! It was truly a great mix of cars!!

Existing members rocked up and 13 enthusiasts joined the club on the day. Everyone got their free pint of Cholmondeley best vouchers and their new Chum Car Club sticker and member mug too. A good time was had by all as you can see from the photos!!

The next ‘Sports and Vintage day’ will be announced in the next two weeks. We would like to thank everyone for attending with your fantastic cars and we really look forward to seeing you all again soon!!

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

COBRA ENGINE

COBRA ENGINE

NEW CHOLMONDELEY CAR CLUB STICKER IS LAUNCHED

NEW CHOLMONDELEY CAR CLUB STICKER IS LAUNCHED

THE PROUD LANCIA'S

THE PROUD LANCIA’S

THE SAME OLD PROBLEM!!

THE SAME OLD PROBLEM!!

For details on how to join click here

Chum reaches Final!!!

spirit2The Cholmondeley Arms has reached the final of the ‘Best Spirit Serving Pub’ at the London Hilton having got through the regional finals in the Great British Pub awards 2013. Steve, our landlord and Gin Champion and Struan, our Deputy and Gin Ambassador, stood proud outside the Cholmondeley Arms as the judge arrived to put them to the test!!! Lucky the judge had a taxi booked!!

This is recognition for the great efforts of Steve, Struan and Monika who have all combined to ensure our gin act is second to none. To add spice to the week the Chum managed to go past the 161 gins stocked by a bar in the Guinness book of records!!!

Gin classes are getting booked out on Saturday afternoons as guests to ‘the Chum’ want to enjoy the Gin experience and learn about the history of a very English spirit.

So fingers crossed on 12th September 2013 when the team go to London!!

Good luck to the team.

OUTDOOR GIN TASTING FROM A TEA CUP!!

OUTDOOR GIN TASTING FROM A TEA CUP!!

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Official World record beaten!!!

The official World Record according to the Guinness book of records for the most gins in a bar is 161 and while we know that the particular hotel which holds the record probably now has more than 161 we are delighted to announce that we have beaten their official record. Gins have been added via our ‘bring gin to the Inn’ and through our Gin merchants to bring us up to an amazing 162 Gins!!!! As you can see from the photo we have three Gins from the ‘Few’ distillery in America. Each bottle signed by the distiller and truly craft examples with an ‘aged’ Gin matured in Bourbon casks. Almost a bourbon Gin!! We are proud to announce The Cholmondeley Arms has reached the final of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser Best Spirit Pub 2013. This is a massive achievement and we are delighted to be recognised. The judging is taking place over the coming weeks. Steve, Stru and Monika have done an excellent job over the last one and a half years to promote all things Gin. We couldn’t be more proud of their achievement.

THE-WORLD-RECORD-IS-BEATEN!

Thanks to all our Gin loving customers who have joined us in this time to savour a wonderful gin and tonic and have participated in all the Gin Things we do.

Fingers crossed we can go to London in September and win it!!!

Tim Bird

What a great view from the Cholmondeley Arms.

view4A lot of people avoid the Cholmondeley Arms at ‘Pageant of Power’ time because they think it will be too busy at the pub. Well it is quite the opposite.

The weekend is an excellent time to come over and enjoy a view of the aerobatics as well as famous fly bys performed by the Avro Lancaster Bomber and the two Spitfires pictured here

You can enjoy time at the Cholmondeley Arms even if you have no interest in cars. The atmosphere is excellent and on Saturday night one can see the fireworks and hear the music while enjoying our garden!!

The Sunday is of course Father’s day and is a time to treat dad to an excellent pub lunch or dinner and give him the added entertainment of vintage WWII planes flying past for free!!

So next year remember the Cholmondeley on Father’s Day weekend.

Christian loves local.

christiangreenOur Head Chef Christian is now hand picking Heritage tomatoes, courgette flowers, pea shoots, spinach and a wonderful assortment of salad leaves from our local growers ensuring freshness from green house to kitchen in a matter of minutes.

You will notice the difference this summer here at Cholmondeley.

 

Click on image to view gallery.

Gins reach 150 thanks to Gin coming to the Inn!!

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NORDES GIN BROUGHT TO THE INN BY OUR CUSTOMERS

Customers have come up trumps once more as Nordes Gin arrives via our gin at the inn!!! This is a Gin outside the boundaries of the traditional, unique character, rebellious, Atlantic. The Gin is a slow and quiet distillation of the Albariña grape, blended with traditional Galician wild aromatic botanics.

It is a100% Galician Gin. So a Northern Spanish Gin and made from a pomace base as opposed to a grain spirit base. This gin is superb with lots of ice, 1724 tonic and a squeezed slice of orange. This gin coupled with our arrivals via Tim our owner and more guests who brought gin to the inn pushes us through the 150 mark.

On the Bar blackboard are advertised our famous gin trays. For a total of £15 you can order three gins, two tonics and we garnish it all up, add ice and you share the tray with friends. It has to be done!!!

 

THIS BUNCH TAKES US THROUGH THE 150 MARK

THIS BUNCH TAKES US THROUGH THE 150 MARK

OUR GIN TRAYS GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT WITH VARYING GINS

OUR GIN TRAYS GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT WITH VARYING GINS

 

Car park re-surfaced here at the Chum

CARPARK2After a very wet and cold winter our car park needed a lot of work to ensure our guests arriving at the Cholmondeley Arms and the Headmasters House Guest Rooms had a pleasant ‘landing’. Rick and Paul from Caddishome did a brilliant job building fencing and completely resurfacing the more countrified end of our car park. The works look outstanding so big thanks to Paul and Rick.

Cholmondeley Car Club launched!!

A beautiful warm Bank holiday Sunday morning….what could be better than getting your ‘pride and joy’ out of the garage, turning the key in the ignition and purring off to the newly re-surfaced Cholmondeley Arms car park where a coffee and a bacon sandwich were waiting!!! Bliss!! Then having the added bonus of another 30 or so ‘soon to be friends’ rock up in their pride and joys too!!!

Vintage met classic, old money met new money, sporty met power, British met Germans, Italians met Japanese and most of all it was all good fun. So the car club is launched and we want to thank the ‘Pistonhead’ enthusiasts for helping bring it all together with our Landlord Steve.

If you want to look at the cars in attendance please click on the gallery pictures below. We are now recruiting members to our elite car club so please click on “How to join” and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Look out for the next car club gathering!!

Cheshire Cat Trio completed!!

AT CHOLMONDELEY

Loyal customer and very keen cyclist Jonathon is the first of our cycling customers to complete the ‘Cheshire Cat Pub to Pub to Pub (Trio) Challenge’.

Setting out from near Knutsford in pretty cold and snowy conditions Jonathon headed first to our Cholmondeley Arms Pub out near Malpas on the A49 heading to Whitchurch!! The picture shows just how snowy Cholmondeley was compared to the rest of the county. Having taken on a warm hot chocolate for energy, Jonathon then headed to our next pub the Three Greyhounds Inn at Allostock. Conditions here were much better for a cycling enthusiast. After another picture outside this pub it was on for the final leg of the journey to a rather misty Bulls Head before heading home for a hot shower and an early night. Just over 70 miles later without any performance enhancing drugs or a Steak and Ale Pie even!!! The respective pub teams gave Jonathon a warm welcome as well as helping with photo taking and ensuring he was back on his bike for the next leg of this journey!!

Jonathon commented “I was at a loss as to where to go on my Sunday ride today. So thought I would tackle that well known ride ‘The Cheshire Cat Trio’!! Cholmondley is a little further down the A49 than I thought and there was also more snow than I anticipated when I got there but I am thrilled to be the first of many to hopefully tackle the challenge!!”

Well done Jonathon a great effort and there is a Pie waiting at a pub of your choice from the trio as and when you have recovered!!!

If you are a keen cyclist and want to be listed as a ‘Cheshire Cat Trio Cycling Challenge beater’ then set out and ensure your photo is taken with your trusty bike at each pub with the signs in the background of each picture and send them to info@cheshirecatpubsandbars.co.uk. You will get your photo in our ‘hall of fame’ and we will send you a ‘refreshment voucher’ as well as a pint on us at the final pub!!

Thanks again to Jonathon for taking on the challenge and beating it!!!

AT THE BULLS HEAD

AT THE THREE GREYHOUNDS

 

New Gins on way to the Inn

gint2As summer approaches what could be better than a cool, long gin and tonic. As many of you will know the gin market has gone bonkers of late and new Gin is coming to market faster than vodka did some years ago.

Tim our owner is on a trip of Mallorca. The Spanish are, as a nation, one of the biggest consumers of gin in the world and there are always some new special gins and tonics to discover. Last time it was Mallorca’s very own Eleven Gin made from pomace as opposed to grain spirit.

Tim has discovered four new gins which he is ‘bringing back to the Inn’ firstly Goa Gin……. Goa’s exquisite taste stems from eight carefully selected botanical ingredients coupled with a unique distillation process controlled by experts who draw on over 300 years’ experience in London Distilled Gin.

The distillation process starts using a pair of uniquely crafted, small stainless steel stills, where the neutral grain spirit and the botanical ingredients are mixed in a unique process to ensure smoothness and a luxurious taste. Marie Brizard have come up with a gin called ‘Old Lady’s Gin’ another London Dry Gin with an air of tradition although the preferred garnish is grapefruit and coriander, the next two gins are both distilled in France and are both classified as London Dry Gins too. One is No.0 which is infused with quinine and it is advisable to have neat with ice and lemon zest.

gintFinally the next is ‘Blue Ribbon Essential’ it has nicely meshed aromas of anise and nutmeg with a layer of delicate juniper and minerals underneath follow through on a very soft, satiny entry to a vibrant, dryish medium body with wet grain, dried citrus and riverstone notes. Finishes with a layers of dried citrus, and flowers cinnamon and spice melange reminiscent of egg nogg or spiced cake. Try it in a martini.

So the Cholmondeley Arms welcomes four more gins as we head toward the magic 150 gins on the back bar. Tim also discovered a unique Tonic (pictured) which he will bring back for Gin Class teachers Struan and Steve to try!!

A GnT?

Gin classes off with a bang!!!

gin3The Cholmondeley Arms Saturday afternoon Gin tasting classes have got off to a great start!! As we reached the 140 gin mark (just 21 behind the Guinness book of records) Terry and his family, celebrating his birthday, were first off. As the picture shows Terry and his family wasted no time after their training to get home and mix some serious G’n’T’s!!

The class consists of tasting the six styles of Gin, tasting four different tonic waters, learning about botanicals, gin history and the perfect serves. You then get to order your favourite of the ones tested as a complete Gin and Tonic!! There is a warm up quiz and lots of fun and banter in the name of gin!! You can see our ‘Gin Champion’ Struan taking a class through their paces with our landlord Steve as the ‘assist’.

If you want to come and enjoy our gin tasting classes then book your party (maximum 12) in on a Saturday afternoon with Steve or Struan and become a gin expert!! Remember we also have 6 bedrooms if you want to stay and make a night of it!!

 

TERRY AND THE FAMILY BACK AT HOME AFTER TRAINING!!

TERRY AND THE FAMILY BACK AT HOME AFTER TRAINING!!

Beefeaters

Beefeaters

OUR GIN CHAMP STRUAN LEADS ANOTHER CLASS!!

OUR GIN CHAMP STRUAN LEADS ANOTHER CLASS!!