Lord Cholmondeley Toasts the Arms


It was with great pleasure that the team at the newly refurbished Cholmondeley Arms welcomed The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley to the Cholmondeley Arms to raise a glass at the ‘official’ opening, after the completion of its major refurbishment.

As part of the opening celebrations Lord Cholmondeley took his position behind the bar and removed the ceremonial ‘old school tie’ from the real ale pumps and served a half of Cholmondeley Best, brewed exclusively for the pub by Weetwood Brewery in Tarporley.

The Cholmondeley Arms has won many accolades over the years, building a great reputation for freshly cooked food.  Its menu is quintessentially English and includes such flavoursome favourites as ‘the Traditional Pub sharing plate’, the ‘Hand crafted Stalkers Venison pie’ or indeed ‘Devilled Kidneys on toast’.

The famous pub has been wonderfully restored by Cheshire Pub entrepreneurs Tim Bird and Mary Mclaughlin who also operate the award winning Bulls Head in Mobberley.

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

The character of the new Cholmondeley Arms 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 lunchtime specials.  The pub also has six en-suite bedrooms situated in the ‘Headmaster’s House’ opposite.

Famous too for offering over forty different gins, local ales brewed within a thirty mile radius of the pub and its malts and ports, the ‘new’ Cholmondeley Arms is truly a real pub – ‘Local and Proud’.

“It is very exciting to see the Cholmondeley Arms begin a new era”, said Lord Cholmondeley “and we are thrilled with the refurbishment carried out by Tim, Mary and their excellent team”.

Ainsley Harriott arrives to enjoy our now famous Sunday Lunch!!!!


Sundays are a special day at the Cholmondeley Arms mainly because of Christians Roast Rib of Beef with all the trimmings!!

This Sunday was no exception and who should ‘rock up’ to enjoy the occasion….none other than Ainsley Harriott himself!!

Ainsley enjoyed his beef and spent time swapping foodie anecdotes with the chefs and the rest of our team as well as enjoying the new Cholmondeley Arms with his family.


A49 Closure update!!

Judging by the large amounts of people already coming through the doors of the new Cholmondeley Arms many of you know are open and accessible!!!

We have been on the Council website to get an update  on the A49 closure and how long it will last. Apparently they have hit some ‘snags’!! For more details click here.

Just to reassure our ‘would be’ customers that if you are travelling south on the A49 from Warrington, Tarporley, Bunbury etc. all is completely normal road/journey wise as the road is closed well beyond the Cholmondeley Arms.

If you are travelling from Wrenbury/Malpas all is fine too.

However if you are travelling from Whitchurch then you must follow the diversion signs.

We would like to say a big thank you to an already loyal customer, for posting the only comments about the road closure on the council website, boasting they have the Cholmondeley Arms to themselves (see here). Well you can all come along and share the experience of the new Cholmondeley Arms with our new fan!! We look forward to seeing you.

Our brand new kitchen gets ready for its first Sunday lunch!!

We are exceptionally proud to say one of the biggest parts of our investment in the ‘new’ Cholmondeley Arms has been the kitchen. As you can see from the photos the floors, the walls, the ceilings, all the equipment including our new ‘walk in’ fridge, all the electrics, in fact everything you can think of has been completely re-newed.

It is vital to us that our kitchen reflects our passion for great food, using fresh produce from local suppliers where we can while maintaining the highest standards possible.

The Famous five pumps are launched!!!

Here is our opening line-up on our ‘famous five pumps’. Teachers Tipple is our seasonal ‘session’ house beer brewed by Weetwood brewery in Tarporley. It is a really good hoppy beer with fruit flavours. Then there is our ‘centre piece’ Ale, the Cholmondeley Best Bitter again, brewed at Weetwood.

On the right as you look is our first guest ale, the ‘bitter mans’ bitter from Cheshire’s newest brewery ‘Mobberley Fine Ales’, Hedge Hopper is an excellent brew and reflects our close relationship with the village of Mobberley where we have our first Cheshire based pub the Bulls Head the winner of the ‘Best Turnaround Pub’ in the Northwest 2011.

Then we have two further guest ales. Wincle Waller from Wincle Brewery near Macclesfield and of course the famous ‘Shropshire Gold’ from Salopian.

The Cholmondeley Arms is committed to local micro-breweries from within a 35 mile radius and we will only stock ales from Cheshire and Shropshire..