Elevating the Pub Experience: Cheshire Cat Pubs’ Champions Programme

In the ever-evolving landscape of Cheshire Cat Pubs, we are delighted to share the ongoing success of our ground-breaking ‘Champions Programme.’ Tailored to enhance every aspect of our guest experience, this initiative has become a cornerstone of our commitment to excellence.

Meet our formidable ‘Food Champions,’ ‘Beer Champions,’ ‘Spirit Champions,’ and ‘Wine Champions’ – the dynamic force propelling our dedication to exceptional customer service and unrivalled product knowledge.

The Journey: In recent months, our champions embarked on a series of captivating educational adventures, venturing on group trips to local suppliers. These outings were not merely recreational; they played a pivotal role in deepening their understanding of specific domains, underscoring our dedication to sourcing FRESH – SEASONAL – LOCAL ingredients whenever possible. 

Collaborative Learning: Interactive training sessions took centre stage, creating an environment where knowledge flowed freely, and skills were refined. Armed with newfound expertise, our champions are now better equipped to lead and inspire their teams across various pubs in Cheshire and Staffordshire.

Impact Beyond the Pub: The influence of our Champions Programme reaches far beyond the walls of our pubs. Our champions have returned to their respective locations as knowledge beacons, sharing insights and passion with their teams. This ensures that every guest receives impeccable service and well-informed recommendations.

Celebrating Excellence: As we toast to the success of this program, we also raise a glass to the dedication and enthusiasm of our champions. Their commitment to raising the bar serves as a shining example for our entire team.

A Heartfelt Thank You: A heartfelt thank you to our incredible champions, whose passion and dedication transform Cheshire Cat Pubs into an extraordinary space. Together, we’re not just serving food and drinks; we’re crafting memorable experiences for our guests.

Stay Tuned: As we continue to innovate and elevate the pub experience, stay tuned for more exciting updates on our journey of continuous improvement.

Cheshire Cat’s Wine Champion Program: A Journey into Grape Knowledge and Beyond

Our wine champion program at Cheshire Cat has kicked off with tremendous enthusiasm. Last week’s ‘Forward with Fundamentals’ training provided our champions with a unique opportunity to delve deep into their grape knowledge. The session served as a platform for these enthusiasts to geek up on the intricacies of wine.

Yesterday, our champions ventured to Liverpool for an immersive tasting experience courtesy of Boutinot Wines. The trip not only broadened their palates but also allowed them to explore the great delights that Boutinot Wines have in their arsenal. A heartfelt thank you to Adam and the Boutinot Wines team for extending the invitation.

The excitement lingers as we look forward to where our champions program will lead the team next. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting journey of wine exploration and education.

Culinary Exploration: Cheshire Cat Pubs Chefs Tour Northern Ireland

This week, our dedicated chefs embarked on a fascinating journey through the breath-taking landscapes and diverse culinary scenes of Northern Ireland. From the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway to the historic cities of Derry and Donegal, our culinary team immersed themselves in the rich flavours and cultural tapestry of this enchanting region.

Taking a well-deserved break, our chefs relished the opportunity to indulge in the finest local dishes and sample the exceptional Irish Malt at the renowned Bushmills Distillery. These moments of relaxation and gastronomic exploration have undoubtedly left a lasting impression on our culinary experts.

As our chefs return, we eagerly anticipate the creative influence this trip will have on our upcoming menus. Stay tuned to discover how the flavours and experiences of Northern Ireland will shape and enhance the culinary delights offered at Cheshire Cat Pubs.

Gratitude to Our Exceptional Partners: Diageo and Double Dutch Drinks

We want to express our sincere appreciation to our outstanding suppliers, Diageo and Double Dutch Drinks, for the thoughtful gifts they’ve shared with us. Following our recent accolade as ‘Great British Pub of the Year’, The Cholmondeley Arms is currently experiencing a pre-Christmas celebration, and our team couldn’t be more thrilled with the generosity and support we’ve received,

A special thank you to Oliver Wilson for orchestrating this delightful surprise. The entire team at The Cholmondeley Arms is truly touched by the outpouring of love and encouragement.

This recognition only amplifies our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence, and we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional experiences for our patrons. Stay tuned for more updates as we savour this moment and continue to celebrate our achievements.

Celebrating Excellence: The Cholmondeley Arms Named “Pub of the Year” at The Great British Pub Awards

It is with immense pride and joy that we share the exhilarating news: The Cholmondeley Arms, our beloved pub, clinched the prestigious title of “Pub of the Year” at The Great British Pub Awards. This remarkable achievement stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication and exceptional efforts of our entire team.

Last night marked a momentous occasion as the Cheshire Cat team, led by Tim and Mary, alongside the Cholmondeley Arms General Manager Helen, and Head Chef Richard, gathered at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester for the grand award ceremony. The atmosphere was electric as we witnessed our industry uniting to celebrate shared successes, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.

The evening was more than just an awards ceremony; it was a celebration of hard work, passion, and the collaborative spirit that defines The Cholmondeley Arms. The team, including our People Manager Jenny and Brand Manager Emily, was not only recognized for their outstanding contributions but was also treated to a memorable night out in Manchester. Dressed in anticipation and excitement, the team revelled in the acknowledgment of their efforts and the collective achievement of being crowned “Pub of the Year.”

We extend our heartfelt thanks to The Morning Advertiser for hosting this remarkable event and for acknowledging the dedication and commitment demonstrated by the entire team at The Cholmondeley Arms. This win is not just a triumph for our pub but a celebration of the shared passion and camaraderie that defines our Cheshire Cat family. As we savour this victory, we look forward to continued excellence and creating more unforgettable moments in the journey ahead. Cheers to The Cholmondeley Arms and the incredible team that made this achievement possible!

Cheshire Cat Chef Academy Explores Culinary Horizons at Wellocks Chef and Producer Show 2023

On a crisp Monday morning, undeterred by the gentle rain, the Cheshire Cat Chef Academy embarked on a flavourful journey to Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The destination? The Wellocks Chef and Producer Show 2023, a realm of culinary inspiration and a haven for those seeking to delve into the artistry behind exceptional ingredients.

The experience was not just a feast for the senses but a unique opportunity for our dedicated chefs to connect with the passionate minds behind the produce that graces the tables across our pubs. Engaging in conversations with those who cook, craft, and create with an unmatched zeal, our chefs gained invaluable insights into the intricate world of culinary craftsmanship.

This venture beyond the kitchen walls serves as a testament to our commitment to Chef Academy’s ethos—a commitment that extends beyond the confines of our pubs. As our brilliant young chefs immersed themselves in this showcase of culinary excellence, they discovered a wealth of inspiration and ideas that will soon find their way to a pub near you.

The Wellocks Chef and Producer Show not only broadened the palette but also fuelled the fires of creativity within our chefs. This hands-on experience is a vital component of our training and development program, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth. By staying attuned to industry trends, engaging with local producers, and embracing fresh and seasonal produce, our chefs are not just cooking; they are crafting culinary experiences that elevate the dining journey for our patrons.

Celebrating a Culinary Journey: Andy’s 12 Years at The Bull’s Head

Today marks a significant milestone as we raise a toast to our exceptional Head Chef, Andy, commemorating his 12-year journey with Cheshire Cat Pubs. Andy stands as a dedicated, genuine, and all-round ACE chef, consistently raising the bar and elevating the spirits of everyone at The Bull’s Head.

In reflecting on his time with Cheshire Cat Pubs, Andy shared 12 reasons that capture the essence of his deep connection with our establishments:

  1. The People: The team at The Bull’s Head is not just a workforce; it’s a family, fostering a genuine and supportive environment.
  2. Autonomy in Creativity: Cheshire Cat Pubs provide chefs like Andy the freedom to create their own dishes, source new ingredients, and build relationships with local suppliers.
  3. Thriving Atmosphere: The Bull’s Head, led by General Managers Andy and Steph, is known for its unrivaled hospitable atmosphere, drawing in crowds and keeping a high tempo.
  4. Owners’ Commitment: Tim and Mary, the owners, consistently strive for great results while ensuring each team member feels significant and valued.
  5. Work/Life Balance: Andy attests to achieving the right work/life balance, thanks to compromise and collaboration with the brigade.
  6. Picturesque Location: The Bull’s Head’s picturesque setting adds a special touch to the overall experience.
  7. Appreciation & Recognition: Personalized gestures, from a thank-you note after a busy week to birthday gifts, highlight the owners’ genuine care for their team.
  8. Motivating Tips: Financial rewards provide a significant motivation factor, ensuring top-notch quality in every dish.
  9. Loyal Locals: The pub’s genuinely nice guests appreciate the staff’s efforts, making The Bull’s Head a home away from home.
  10. Fresh Produce Commitment: Cheshire Cat Pubs’ dedication to using fresh, locally sourced produce plays a pivotal role in developing highly talented and motivated chefs.
  11. Trust: The importance of trust is emphasized, allowing Head Chefs the freedom to execute their vision and decision-making with confidence.
  12. Community Collaboration: Regular day trips and meals with other Head Chefs across the group foster idea-sharing and strategic alignment.

As Andy reflects on his journey, he is just one example of the many incredible individuals who contribute to making Cheshire Cat Pubs truly exceptional. Indeed, great people make great pubs – a timeless truth that resonates through our commitment to internal growth, recognizing the value of each team member, and celebrating collective success.


A great day had by all on our Magnificent 7 Charity Bike Ride!

Another successful charity event to honour our summer charity challenge of Around the World in 80 Days with Cheshire Cat Pubs. Riders raised £510 on the day which will be equally divided between our two chosen charities, Action Against Hunger and Hospitality Action. The riders travelled from The Church Inn to The Cholmondeley Arms and then onto Staffordshire to our pubs The Fitzherbert Arms and The Mainwaring Arms, they then travelled back into Cheshire to The Three Greyhounds Inn, ending at The Roebuck Inn and The Bull’s Head for a well-deserved pint and a burger. The rained stayed away and the teams across all our pubs welcomed the cyclists with nibbles and drinks. We were delighted that everyone raised to the challenge and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year. A big thank you goes to Boutinot wines and Adam Youds for organising such a successful event

Teams take part in 5-a-side tournament to mark the half-way point of our summer charity challenge!

This week the teams across our 7 pubs took part in a fun, yet competitive 5-a-side tournament at Wilmslow Phoenix Sports Club in Styal to increase their steps and raise money for our summer charity challenge of Around the World in 80 days with Cheshire Cat Pubs. We raised money from our two chosen charities; Hospitality Action and Action Against Hunger, through cash donations and our Just Giving pages. If you would like to donate too, please visit https://bit.ly/3ugWc2p and https://bit.ly/3y1Ju8M

Well done to everyone who participated, it was great to see the girls joining in and everyone enjoying themselves outside of work, a little bit of competition never hurt anyone! Massive congratulation to The Fitzherbert Arms team for their impressive win and a massive thanks to Hofmeister Beer for the much needed, refreshing full-time beers.  A great day had by everyone!

Next up…. the 7 pub bike ride challenge! If you think you can handle it email adamy@boutinot.com for register your interest