The Church Inn in Mobberley, Cheshire, has won the coveted title of ‘Best Pub in the UK’.  The Award was presented by Pubs Minister, Marcus Jones MP, at the National Pub & Bar Awards Grand Final, which took place at London’s iconic BAFTA theatre on Tuesday 24 May 2016.

The Church Inn saw off stiff competition from a total of 94 county pub winners from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  After winning the North West award, the pub went on to be awarded the overall UK title from journalist and food critic, Jay Rayner.

Tim Bird, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bar and operator of The Church Inn, comments; “This is fantastic news and great recognition of a real team effort.  We don’t profess to being perfect all the time, but constantly work to please our guests and offer them a great pub experience. With the trophy safely on our mantelpiece, it’s now back to business as usual, serving well and cooking well.”

The pubs were judged by a panel of experts, who visited the 94 pubs on the list, and were marked on a range of criteria from the quality of service to product range, aesthetic design and the pub’s hospitality.

“The shortlisted pubs each represent all that is great about the modern British pub,” says Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to visit such a fantastic variety of pubs across the UK during the judging process – but there can be only one winner and The Church Inn is a very worthy recipient as it offers an exceptional drinking and dining experience.  Well done to all involved.”

The Church Inn is owned and operated by Cheshire Cats Pubs & Bars, who have a collection of award winning pubs across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Dorset.  Earlier this year were voted the Best Drinks Act in the UK at the prestigious Publican Awards ceremony in London.

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