Sunshine again for Car Meet 18!

Car Meet 18 at Cholmondeley was up against Oulton Park with a Morgan race day plus another big car event at Capesthorne Hall, but nevertheless we had a good day, with over 40 cars ‘hitting the pits’ at Cholmondeley on a beautiful August Bank Holiday Sunday. So thank you to all the cars that turned up. The ‘Cars of the Day’ were Michael with his 1961 Austen Healey (Frog Eye version), Michael and Sue with their Jaguar S Type and Dave with his MGC Roadster which has been in the same family since new. Thank you to everyone for making our penultimate Car Meet another great success. See you at final meet of the season on Sunday 29th September 2019 once again at the Cholmondeley Arms and I will try and fix the weather for the final time!!.

Another Cracking Car Meet!

Car Meet 17 had to be moved because of the weather to Sunday just gone as we welcomed over 60 cars at least to another great meet here at the Cholmondeley Arms. We recruited quite a number of new members and there was great banter amongst the ‘regular’ drivers who all enjoyed a good morning talking cars and admiring the cars of others. It was dry and warm and we got a great mix cars too. The Cars of the Day were Pete and young John with their beautiful Jaguar XK 140, Rob and his immaculate Volvo 1800s from 1968, Paul and Jackie in their Vintage Rolls Royce 2025 with a ‘Park Ward’ body from 1935 and ‘Best in Class went to Nigel and his 1955 TR2 all pictured below with all the cars and one motor cycle that attended the meet.

Thanks for supporting the day and apologies I was a little late!

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Fantastic Festival of Gin

Last weekend was another fantastic festival of gin, with a record-breaking weekend, bigger and better than previous years!

Crowds came to spend their weekend at the Cholmondeley Arms, sipping different gins from the outside bar, camping, enjoying our barbecue and delicious stone baked pizzas and dancing the night away to a great line-up of live music all weekend. New this year was our Cholmondeley Street Food, which included homemade spring rolls, lamb koftas and halloumi flatbreads.

A big thank you goes out to all the distillers who sponsored Gin Fest, including Brockmans, Spirit of George, Warner’s, Sipsmith, Peurto De Indias, Langley’s, Foxhole, Henners, Edinburgh, Weetwood, The English Drinks Company, Lime Bay, Chase, Taplin and Mageean and, of course, Fever Tree Tonic. Thank you for being a part of Gin Fest 2019.

Another HUGE thank you goes out to all our customers and to all our staff for their hard work!

This past weekend has been a true ‘GIN’spiration of what’s to come! We hope to see you all at Gin Fest 2020!

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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!

Cholmondeley Car Meet hits a record!!

Crikey what a car meet!! Over 100 cars! Apologies to those drivers that struggled to get in to the event. It was a fantastic day and despite an early shower as I arrived at Cholmondeley it cleared up and became a lovely day for it! Thank you so much to all those that attended…and we were able to give out the Car Club ‘passports’ for the first time….thank you to Dave from the Fitz Car Club for the idea… on the day…. Our ‘Car of the Day’ was the classic Volvo pictured. The classic little Red Renault ‘van’ was one of the ‘Cherished Cars of the Day’ with John at the wheel and a Great Dane in the back was Tim the owners choice and Tim the manager of the Chum chose the immaculate Ford Escort as his ‘Cherished Car of the Day’.
Finally the Classic Red MG was voted ‘Best in Class’ and driven by John.

A great Car Meet to get the season started see you at the Fitzherbert Arms…next on 25th May.

Thanks again for supporting the day.


New Quiz Champs at the Chum

Tuesday 23rd April saw new champions pick up the Cholmondeley Arms quiz cup plus lots of Cholmondeley Arms vouchers and a free gin tasting!!

The Local Peasants were the 2019 champions-well done and congratulations!!

Big thanks as always to Professor Ted our supreme quiz master, we couldn’t do it without you!!

The ‘Ted to Head’ final between the Cholmondeley Arms and The Bulls Head happens at the Three Greyhounds on Wednesday 29th May at 8pm.

A big thankyou to all of the teams that took part in the quizzes over the past 6 months- we will be back in September!


We are very excited to announce that Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars have been nominated for three very prestigious awards at the 2019 Casual Dining Awards, taking place in London on Wednesday 27th February. We feel very honoured to be nominated for two such special awards as ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Multi-Site Operator of the Year’ and are also very proud to announce that the Cholmondeley Arms has been nominated for ‘Pub of the Year’. Our owners, Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin, are heading off to the Big Smoke as guests of our excellent wine suppliers, Boutinot, to attend the awards ceremony, and we will keep you posted on the results of our nominations.


Cholmondeley Arms invited to take part at Pub in the Park!

Pub in the Park is taking place this year across eight locations nationwide, including the Lambing Shed at Knutsford from June 7 to 9. Hitting eight foodie destinations with almost 30 pubs taking part, revellers can expect top class pub grub with local flavour, with special appearances from celebrity chefs. The other pubs set to appear at the Lambing Shed are The Hardwick, The Star Inn, Our ‘sister pub’ The Church Inn taking part for the second year and Café Muran. Tom Kerridge will be bringing his chef mates to the party for a relaxed and intimate gathering, supporting and celebrating local talent, as well as presenting some of the biggest names in food and music, with music acts to be announced later this month. We look forward to seeing all our customers there!

Chum Car Club Treasure Hunt 2018

Phil and Molly this years winners with landlord Tim

Our Annual Car Club Treasure Hunt was a great success, 11 competitive teams set off in to the Cheshire countryside to enjoy picking up clues, a few photos and objects along the way too!

This year the trophy and Silverstone Porsche Day, donated by our Treasure Hunt sponsors Porsche Chester, was won by Phil and Molly, team ‘Chum Porsche’

Second place went to ‘The Cooper Troopers’ with Andy and Claire coming in a very close second place and winning a well deserved voucher to spend in the pub!

And as the race was so close we had a joint third prize, which was awarded to the ‘No Hopers’ and ‘Cheese Pie’. It was a great day, the weather held off and was enjoyed by all!

This now marks the end of the Car Club season here at Cheshire Cat Pubs…..we have really enjoyed hosting the three treasure hunts and they have been the best attended ever. Here’s to next year’s Car Meets, Safari’s and Treasure Hunts. Thank you for all your support and enthusiasm at all our pub Car events.