Sawday’s Pub Awards

Six months ago, we were gearing up to announce the second Telegraph Pub of the Year, The Cartford Inn in Lancashire. Then… well, you know what happened. Some pubs pivoted to take-away, some turned into social enterprises, some simply had to close their doors. The industry is still on a knife-edge, and is likely to remain so for some time. But however they’ve got through the pandemic, right now pubs deserve our support more than ever.

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Cheshire Life Luncheon – Roebuck Inn, Mobberley

With the news filled with stories of a declining pub industry, it’s easy to think none are thriving. It is not the case in Mobberley where the village supports a clutch of brilliant inns. What is even more remarkable is they are all owned by Mary McLaughlin and Tim Bird, the super talented couple behind the Cheshire Cat Group and owners of a stable of pubs across our county.

Already at the helm of The Bull’s Head and The Church Green Inn, Tim and Mary’s efforts were pulling in diners in their droves. And when the grade II listed Roebuck Inn came up for sale, it was too much to resist. Click here to read more

‘Knits’ford Ladies knit tea cosies for charity.

Every week we are delighted to welcome the ‘Knitsford’ Ladies Knitting club at the Roebuck Inn for brunch, coffee, teas and two hours of knitting and chatter.

Back in October they were set a challenge by our owner Tim. To knit a festive tea cosy that could be used at the Bulls Head, our sister pub across the lane. Late in December Steph from the Bulls Head and Megan from the Roebuck Inn judged the six that were put forward for the competition.

As you will see all the tea cosies were wonderful. It was very hard indeed to pick a winner. The effort that had been put in to each tea cosy was worthy of a prize. £50 of Roebuck Inn vouchers in the end went to the ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Roebuck!’

Thank you to all the ladies that took part and £60 was raised for the Christie Hospital in Macclesfield.

Here’s to Easter!!!

The Roebuck Inn reviewed in The Guardian

A Grade II-listed building in the village of Mobberley dating back to 1708, the Roebuck was brought back to life in 2016 after a long closure. It’s a welcoming bistro-cum-classic old English inn, serving an interesting mix of dishes from stone-baked pizza to sharing platters, or mains of rotisserie chicken and tempura monkfish – and the Sunday roasts are top-notch, all with roasted duck fat potatoes. Read More

Our First ‘Tour De Cat’ is a great success

On Sunday 13th October at 8.30am sharp, 18 cyclists braved the weather and took to the country roads that link our six wonderful pubs. They left from the Church Inn in Mobberley after registration.

With all the rain we did think we would have a poor showing, but to get 18 cyclists was amazing! In front of them was a one hundred mile challenge, taking them in to Staffordshire, to our Fitzherbert Arms pub via our Cholmondeley Arms and Three Greyhounds Inn before returning to Mobberley to pick off the Roebck Inn and Bulls Head. With the rain falling it was a gruelling, yet rewarding trip. Every rider had to collect a tiddlywink at each pub until they had the six. A Burger and a pint or three were waiting!!

Everyone completed the Cheshire Cat 6 other than three who missed out the Fitzherbert Arms, but did do the ‘Cheshire 5’ instead. The photos tell the story of how delighted everyone was to have risen to the challenge.


All the riders arrived back safely to the Bulls Head in Mobberley with the exception of three riders who had started at the Fitzherbert Arms and circled round to finish there rather than the Bulls Head.

All enjoyed a drink and a burger ‘on the house’ before they took part in (Cheshire Cat owner) Tim’s cycling ‘Tim-bola’ which raised a few more pounds for our company charity ‘Action Against Hunger’. On the day we raised £315.00 for the charity! Which is a really great result. Despite the weather, the cyclists loved it and most importantly loved our pubs!!

We would like to thank cycling enthusiast Sam, from our bank HSBC, for supporting the event and for supplying the British Cycling Jerseys and books as prizes in the ‘Tim-bola’.

Bigger thanks have to go to Adam from our wine merchants Boutinot. Adam is a very keen cyclist too and made all the arrangements for the event with the help of Tim and the pubs too. Adam also helped with the wines for the ‘Tim-bola’ and cycled the 100 miles for good measure!

This is the first time we have held the ‘Safari’ and it will now be an annual feature on the Cheshire Cat calendar! Thank you to all the cyclists who took part, including Rory who travelled from London to have a go!

See you all next year!