The Bulls Head started its life in the 18th century as three cottages for the village’s workers. Today it stands a popular hostelry, owned by Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin and managed by Shane and Jenny Bushell who took over in May 2010. The team took on an impressive refurbishment job which is now complete, encompassing elements of the buildings original charm, modern facilities and contemporary styling.
Open all day every day, five real ales are on offer at any time with Mobberley Wobbly Ale and the Bull’s Head Bitter being the regular brews. An excellent range of guest ales are on rotation throughout the week, selected from local breweries within a thirty mile radius for that local taste. The Inn also stocks a handsome array of ‘posh’ ports, over fifty whiskies and wines to suit any occasion. Food is available all day, every day and includes a delicious selection of freshly prepared ‘Traditional sharing pub plates’, 28 day aged steaks and ‘Bulls Head favourites’ such as their legendary Steak and Wobbly Ale Pie, Cheshire Smokehouse Grandad Sausages with Mash or Local Ale Battered Haddock.
Every other Sunday afternoon you can enjoy ‘laid back’ jazz from their resident local musicians while on alternate Thursday evenings the ‘Lord Ted’ quiz allows guests to exercise their general knowledge skills. In the summer months the inn’s garden and terrace can be taken full advantage of for ‘al fresco’ dining and a game of boules perhaps!
Oct 15 2009 by Ben Coulbeck, Chester Chronicle
The Two Fat Ladies star picked the Cholmondeley Arms as her favourite pub in Cheshire!!
The Malpas pub, on Wrenbury Road, is re-opening its bed and breakfast rooms at the end of the month and Dickson Wright, who released the book â€˜Rifling through My Drawersâ€™ earlier this year, will be attending the celebratory event. A complete renovation of the pubâ€™s en-suite rooms is being completed throughout October.
In her latest offering, Dickson Wright pays particular attention to the Cholmondeley Armsâ€™ breakfasts. She describes her experience of mornings at the breakfast table as being: â€œconsoled by the hearty breakfastsâ€™
The breakfast also made it onto the â€˜10 best things Clarissa Dickson Wright has ever eatenâ€™ list, produced for a BBC Radio 2 show.
This is all part of the charm for Clarissa Dickson Wright during her regular stays at the South Cheshire pub.
The food broadcaster and writer has been using the converted village school, an award-winning pub since 1988, as a staging post on journeys south from her home near Edinburgh for the last 23 years.
â€˜I find it the most delightful place, and on top of that it serves very good food,â€™ she says.
â€˜I stay there very often. I live in Scotland, and if I am going down the West side of the country itâ€™s the perfect place to stop because itâ€™s about halfway down. For instance, I was in London this week so I went by train from Crewe, and left my car at the Cholmondeley.
â€˜The regulars there are a wonderful mixture of people, farmers, people in the hunting community, thereâ€™s a Mancunian tycoon, a wonderful man who brings his vintage car club every year for lunch, thereâ€™s the cheese-makers, thereâ€™s always something going on.
â€˜If you go at lunchtime you will always find Johnny Oâ€™Shea, who hunted with the Cheshires for 25 years, you get a lot of gardeners because of Cholmondeley Castle gardens, and Iâ€™m quite a keen gardener, thereâ€™s a huge cross-section.
You get people coming in from Manchester, even to spend the night. Itâ€™s a very friendly pub and everybody talks to everybody, so you wonâ€™t be left on your own staring at your thumbnails. There are High Court judges and QCs, all sorts of people, one is never strapped for conversation.â€™
It was Clarissaâ€™s third career, as an unlikely TV presenter, that made her famous. She had already been a barrister and a chef before teaming up with Jennifer Paterson in 1996 as the Two Fat Ladies, puttering about the country on a motorbike and sidecar, in search of fine British food.
They were halfway through filming the fourth series when Jennifer died suddenly, in 1998. Clarissa later appeared with another TV partner in the series Clarissa and the Countryman: sheep farmer Sir Johnny Scott, she has known since she was ten and it was he who told her about the Cholmondeley Arms.