By The MA, 16-Mar-2017
Pioneering food couple Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin have used their vast experience in the foodservice sector to build their growing fleet of seven food-led pubs. Read More
Tonight at a glittering dinner in Manchester the Roebuck Inn scooped the Best Premium Casual Restaurant in South Manchester! This is fantastic recognition of the work that has gone in to bringing the Roebuck Inn back to life after a three year closure!
Charlie our Bistro manager collected the award supported by Jake (who helped open the Roebuck Inn back in May last year) and Barry from the Bulls Head as well as Simon from the Church Inn. All the Mobberley pubs were up for different awards but it was the Roebuck Inns turn this year beating some very worthy finalists! Simon said he was very proud of Charlie who started as an Assistant Manager with Simon and helped the Church Inn win Best Pub at the same awards in 2015!
Well done to all the Mobberley businesses and a very special well done to Charlie and the Roebuck Inn team who deserve this great recognition!
Winner the ‘Eat, Sleep and Drink Awards’ Best Premium Casual Dining Restaurant in South Manchester/Cheshire 2017
John Lewis and Jo Malone chose the Roebuck Inn and its drinks experts George and Jake (Jake works at our Church Inn) to mix drinks to match Jo Malone fragrances and styles. Guests enjoyed tasting the drinks mixed up by the team bringing herbaceous notes to great spirits.
The Roebuck Inn via its unique drinks list celebrates the cultivation of grain, grapes, herbs, honey, nuts and many other natural ingredients in the making of drinks…this celebration was recognised by Jo Malone and its commitment to natural ingredients used in it’s products. A great experience for all.
Ramblers met up this weekend in Mobberley to support Countryfile’s ramble for Children in Need. Cheshire Cat Pub and Bars were behind the event, organising the ramble from their Bulls Head and Roebuck Inn businesses in Mill Lane raising £700 for the charity.
People from all over Cheshire took part in the event, bringing dogs and children for the two-hour ramble across the fields of Mobberley. To help fuel the walkers, there was a BBQ, as well as the two pubs of course with all proceeds from the BBQ contributing to the charity funds.
Tim Bird, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars, commented; “We’re thrilled to have been able to raise this money for Children in Need. The walk was a great success with the sun shining throughout, so many ramblers turned out in their boots and wellies and the walk was finished in the traditional Cheshire way, in the pub!”
Over the entirety of the weekend, the British countryside filled with Countryfile viewers as thousands headed into the great outdoors to raise money for Children in Need.
This is the second year the BBC programme has run the event and it has proven to be a great success. The programme will air on BBC’s CountryFile on November 6th highlighting all the rambles that took place over the weekend.
Cheshire Cat Pub and Bars, has been named as ‘Pub Group of the Year 2016/17’ by the prestigious Good Pub Guide. The award follows a string of successes for the company over the year including being chosen as the Best Drinks Act in the UK at the Publican Awards in London.
The Good Pub Guide is the number one selling guide book for pubs in the UK. This award is given from the guide to pub groups that are first rate in every way and run by people who really care about both their pubs and their customers. The 2017 Good Pub Guide will feature over 5,000 pubs demonstrating just how stiff the competition is.
Owner Tim Bird comments: “This is a true accolade and we are very, very proud indeed. This award will mean the world to our entire team and our customers, as it recognises our teams huge efforts in helping us run wonderfully individual pubs well. It also recognises our collective efforts in rescuing pubs that were previously closed down or lost causes. Our pubs and Inns now shine brightly for our many loyal customers to enjoy for many years to come”.
The pub group was chosen by Fiona Stapeley, editor of the Good Pub Guide, and were marked on a range of criteria from the quality of service to product range, aesthetic design and the pub’s hospitality.
“The pubs have a great deal of individuality both in their décor, their choice of drinks, their food and their atmosphere,” says Fiona. “These pubs have consistently good feedback from all our readers. As I edit the book it becomes obvious which group of pubs really stand out head and shoulders above the others. Of course competition is stiff, but this year it was a straight-forward choice for me.”
Cheshire Cats Pubs & Bars is owned and operated by Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin, who have a collection of award winning pubs across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Dorset. Earlier this year the group were voted the Best Drinks Act in the UK at the prestigious Publican Awards ceremony in London. Their Church Inn won the coveted award of ‘UK’s Best Pub’ this summer, as well as their Fitzherbert Arms in Staffordshire scooping Sawday’s ‘Best Newcomer’.
Brunch on Sundays at the Roebuck Inn couldn’t be fresher as Hermione, Cecilia, Melly, Lizzy and Bridget… our resident chickens lay the eggs for your brunch each day.
Under the watchful eye and tender care of Karen the Church Inn Chicks are laying well.
They can be seen on the way to the bowling green at the rear of the pub and they are so happy to be settled in Mobberley.
We collect the eggs daily and they are then stored ready to be cooked as part of our relaxed Sunday Brunch from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
The eggs are gorgeous and about as fresh as you will get. So come on down and kick back and, as Lionel Ritchie sang, enjoy the ‘easy like a Sunday morning’ feeling.
Building work on the Roebuck Inn commenced on Monday 14th November 2015. This was a month later than planned due to amendments to our plans for this famous building.
The builders have set about stripping out the building and you can follow the restoration via the homepage of this website.
All being well we should be ready to open in late March early April ready for some lovely spring weather hopefully!?
We are building six bedrooms, two on the ground floor and four on the first floor of the main house as well as an intimate bistro and kitchen with a training kitchen for our young chefs.
The website will be updated with news as and when it happens with the restoration pictures going up weekly.
Many visitors to the Bulls Head and indeed the Church Inn are asking what is happening with the Roebuck Inn?
All being well, work will commence in late September/early October 2015 with an aim to be open for business by March 2016. The build scheme being undertaken is the biggest we have done to date and with the added complexities of it being a grade two listed building (like the Church Inn) time has to be taken to ensure the scheme is perfect.
The addition of six guest bedrooms naturally adds time to the scheme because the infrastructure has to be built to service all the functionalities needed for boutique bedrooms. There will be two bedrooms on the ground floor and four bedrooms upstairs in the main house. This will leave room for a small intimate bistro through the original entrance seen in the old photograph above.
Obviously we do not want to spoil the surprises of this new addition to our business, but it is safe to say that the Roebuck Inn will complement the Bulls Head and the Church Inn in offering something different for guests and locals alike to enjoy.
As things progress we will let you know here on the news pages. With photos added to the gallery page….