Award-winning country pub The Cholmondeley Arms, near Malpas in Cheshire, has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Gin Pub of the Year 2019’ by The Good Pub Guide. The award category, introduced for the very first time this year, was added to recognise the increasing number of pubs now stocking an impressive selection of gins.
With a staggering collection of more than 400 gins, The Cholmondeley Arms was deemed a very worthy winner. The award recognised the Cholmondeley’s seven-year focus on gin, the pub’s hugely popular annual Gin Fest, which is now in its fifth year, as well as their regular Saturday Gin Classes which continue to soar in popularity. The award also comes in the very month of the seventh anniversary of owners Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin’s re-opening of the pub after extensive investment and refurbishment.
Tim Moody, General Manager of the Cholmondeley Arms, comments: “We’re proud and delighted to have been awarded the title of ‘Gin Pub of the Year for 2019’. Gin has always been our favourite tipple and being recognised with such a prestigious award is a real boost for the whole team who have worked so hard to bring ‘Gin to the Inn’ here at the ‘Chum’. I’d like to say a big thank you to our excellent team and also to our loyal ‘gin loving’ customers – we couldn’t have done it without you all.”
Thank you to all our car enthusiasts who joined us for Car Meet 13 on Sunday July 22nd here at the Cholmondeley Arms our fourth of the year.
It was great to see more new faces in addition to our loyal following of Car Club Members. Quite a few Porsches made it for a little recognition of the 70th anniversary of Porsche.
All of the cars that featured on the day can now be seen on the ‘Past Events’ page on the Car Club pages on the Cholmondeley Arms website www.cholmondeleyarms.co.uk. Tim the owner of the Cholmondeley Arms and Tim the landlord of the Cholmondeley Arms were once again on hand to recruit 10 new members and to take photos of the cars on show.
Landlord Tim chose his ‘Porsche of the Day’, ‘Best Car in Class’ and ‘Cherished Car’ of the Day.
Congratulations to Tony who’s white 911 996 GT2 won Porsche of the Day against many other great Porsches present.
Best Car in Class went to Stephen with his Morgan 3 wheeler and ‘Cherished Car’ of the Day went to Steve with his 1986 Citroen 2CV. Each received Gift Cards and for Porsche owner Tony a special framed picture celebrating the development of the famous 911 presented by owner Tim.
It isn’t easy choosing winners on the day as there were so many great examples with a few vintage, plenty of classics, certainly some sports performance cars, as well as some great examples of cars that are truly cherished.
There will be one further car meet towards the end of August….. date to follow… where we will be giving each car club member attending a special ‘Passport’ to get stamped as they drive the six pubs of Cheshire Cat! This will be briefed in more detail later but was the idea of one of our members and it’s a cracking one!
We will also be working on some decent drive out days for next year too as we now have another member who is keen to start this with our support.
Please also look out for the ‘Car Treasure Hunts’ in late September and early October which are great fun especially the Porsches versus the Rest at the Bulls Head in Mobberley! Dates will follow.
Once again thank you for attending.
Tim and Tim
The Cholmondeley Arms
We are very proud to announce that the Cholmondeley Arms has won ‘Dining Pub of the Year 2018’ at the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2018 at Carden Park Hotel near Chester.
Big congratulations go to our General Manager Tim and the entire Cholmondeley team.
Tim attended the awards presentation with Tom our Head Chef and Fliss our Deputy Manager.
Hard work and passion has persevered…
well done everybody!
Last weekend has been a fantastic festival of gin, with a record breaking weekend, bigger and better than previous years!
With crowds coming to spend their weekend at the Cholmondeley sipping different gins from the outside bar, enjoying our BBQ with delicious stone baked pizzas! And dancing the night away to a great line up of live music all weekend.
Not only that but history was made on the Saturday as England beat Sweden in the World Cup Quarter Finals! This will be the first time in 28 years they have made it to the Semi finals! So we are happy to say it was a ‘Gin Gin Situation’.
A big thank you goes out to all our distillers including Thomas Dakin, Sipsmith, Stanley’s Gin, 5th Gin, Whitley Neil, Chase Gin, Warner Edwards, Forest Gin, One Gin, Langleys, Spirit of George, Opihir, Cuckoo, Brockmans and fever tree tonic for being a part of Gin Fest 2018. Another 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 2019!
Kit Hopely, Phil Probin and the big band of Cholmondeley Arms locals raised an amazing £4000.00 which has be shared, equally, between North West Air Ambulance and Hope House Children’s Charity.
A big well done and thankyou to them for organising another brilliant shoot day this year!
Thank you to all the car enthusiasts who joined us for Car Meet 12 on Sunday (April 29th) at the Cholmondeley Arms.
It was great to see new faces in addition to our loyal following of Car Club Members. We welcomed an excellent mix of cars on the day and some 70 cars turned up on a chilly but dry day which gets the car meet season off to a great start.
Most of the cars that featured on the day can now be seen on the ‘Past Events’ page on the Car Club pages on the Cholmondeley Arms website www.cholmondeleyarms.co.uk. Tim the owner of the Cholmondeley Arms and Tim the landlord of the Cholmondeley Arms (we try and keep it easy on the names!!) were on hand to recruit 15 new members and to take photos of the cars on show.
Owner Tim chose his ‘Car of the Day’ and ‘Best Car in Class’.
Congratulations to Lee with his beautiful blue MGA 1959 Mark 1 who took the ‘Best Car in Class’ and to Hugh and Sue who took ‘Car of the Day’ with their very rare 1985 E24 BMW M6 in truly amazing condition. They both picked up gift vouchers to use at the Cholmondeley Arms or one of our other pubs in Mobberley or Allostock.
It was very difficult choosing winners on the day as there were so many great examples with a few vintage, plenty of classics, certainly some sports performance cars, as well as some great examples of cars that are truly cherished. Tim promises to make sure his car is a little cleaner next time!!
Car Club member Malcolm invites you to a ‘classic car breakfast meet’ on 20th May (details below) and we will be back with our next events on the Car Club events page as soon as we have fixed the dates.
Once again thank you for attending.
So now it’s official! The Cholmondeley Arms (‘Chum’) has been recognised by three national newspapers in the space of six weeks as a great place to bring your pet dog! The Guardian’s latest take is linked here below….we have featured in the Independent and the Telegraph too. Voted in the Top Ten Pubs in the UK three years running! Nowadays our chefs bake the biscuits for the dogs staying with us….a gourmet treat…and we have Cholmondeley Arms blankets that one can buy their Pooch as a lasting memory of their favourite pub! Dog Beer is available to toast ones Master as well as a bed or two to sleep it all off! The Chum…..a real howl!
The top movers and shakers of the UK drinks industry gathered last night in London to hear the results of the Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards 2018.
The nominees were voted for by Imbibe magazine’s readers in record-breaking numbers and the shortlist included the highest calibre of UK on-trade professionals.
Tim Bird, co-founder of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars picked up the award for Pub Personality of the Year.
Imbibe editor, Chris Losh, commented: ‘Tim has worked in the industry for over 35 years, and since he’s saved many pubs from closure in that time, it’s safe to say the UK’s pub scene would not have been the same without him.
‘He’s proved himself amazing at running everything from big pub groups to small independents, and, for the last seven years, his own group of country pubs and Inns. This passion for the industry is exactly what Imbibe Magazine is all about’.
Judges for the competition included restaurateur George Bergier, the Connaught Bar’s Ago Perrone, Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt, Northcote’s Craig Bancroft, Gin Journey’s Leon Dalloway, Beer Belle Annabel Smith, Mixology Group’s Myles Cunliffe and the Imbibe editorial team.
Imbibe launched the Personality of the Year Awards in 2011 and previous winners have included Heston Blumenthal, Ronan Sayburn MS, Thinking Drinkers, Alex Kratena, Christine Parkinson, Xavier Rousset MS, Dee Davies, Lyndon Higginson, Stuart McCluskey, Salvatore Calabrese, Laura Rhys MS, Thomas Decan, the Galvin Brothers and Jake Burger, as well as many other on-trade professionals.
The 2018 awards were presented on Monday 12th February at Mahiki Kensington.
Launched in March 2007, Imbibe magazine has rapidly become the UK’s leading magazine for on-trade drinks professionals working in premium UK establishments. Imbibe is a quarterly magazine, with more than 20,000 drinks buyers and servers in the UK receiving a copy. Copies are available upon request.
Imbibe Magazine is the UK’s leading drinks magazine and tonight at their annual awards in London our owner Tim was chosen as ‘Pub Personality of the Year 2018’.
Tim was up against some of the pub industry’s top talent on the night, but the judges not only looked at Tim’s vast experience in the industry but particularly the success of Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars, Tim’s company that he operates with his wife and business partner Mary McLaughlin. They have taken pubs that were either closed or close to closure and through their restoration have created one of the best small pub companies in the UK!
On winning this prestigious award, Tim thanked the team at Cheshire Cat…..”I have had many proud moments in my career but nothing has made me prouder than the achievement of our pubs. Starting our own business was the best thing we have ever done and tonight I share this award with Mary and the Cheshire Cat team! I would like to thank Imbibe Magazine for giving me one of the proudest moments in my career! I look forward to celebrating with the team!”