It is always a busy time here at the Bulls Head, so please do look through the archives to see what has happened month by month since we acquired the Bulls Head back in November 2009
On a very mild Christmas Day the Christmas jumpers rocked up to the Bulls Head to try and win the coveted award of ‘ Bully Christmas Jumper of the Year 2016’. After last year’s winner being Shane’s dog….a few dogs arrived too in hope of a win! But this year a two legged man won it. Dave Almand with his flashing Christmas Tree Jumper pipped some other ex-champions…to the number one spot on the busiest Christmas Day at the Bulls Head on record!!
The garden too was busy with the mild temperatures. A great day was had by all. And big congrats to Dave on his win. He was presented with his bottle of festive bubbly by our Deputy manager Steph, and said “I am really chuffed I made the effort even though it was so mild!!”
The ‘Beautiful Game’ is returning to the Cheshire village of Mobberley after several years absence. A new football team for juniors will now once again train and compete within Mobberley and is open to children between the ages of (year2) and (year5).
Steve Done is the man behind the resurgence. After realising there was no current team in Mobberley to send his own 8-year-old son, Alex, he set about rebuilding the club with help from Mobberley Parish Council, like-minded parents and some local sponsors. The team had their first ever training session on September 3rd and the club has been growing in numbers ever since.
Steve Done, the new Coach (and founder!) of Mobberley Junior Football Club, comments; “Having played football myself for more than 25 years and starting at a young age where I was coached by my own father in an extremely successful team, it was always an ambition of mine to one day coach, and with an 8-year-old son the opportunity is now! Having the support of local businesses makes a big difference as it supports the community, helps keep the club vibrant and has meant we can support the next generation of players!”
The success of the club so far has meant that a first team has been put together, and will be fielded with the original name of ‘Mobberley Rangers’ and they hope to join local leagues for the 2017/18 season. Tim Bird owner of the Bulls Head in Mobberley, who will be the main shirt sponsors for the club, commented: “We’re thrilled to be involved and playing our part to help bring back part of Mobberley’s sporting history. We have some framed photos of the old Mobberley Rangers teams hanging in the Bulls Head and seeing Steve’s great efforts and passion inspired us to help him bring football back to the village along with other local businesses such as our pub electricians PCB.”
To register your interest in the team or for more information please visit their website www.mobberleyfc.co.uk, or simply turn up on Saturday, at Ilfords Pitch, Ilfords Way in Mobberley, Cheshire. Training sessions take place every Saturday morning between 10am and 12pm.
The annual Bulls Head Car Club Treasure Hunt has finally been won by the Good Fellows! 8 cars took part in this year’s Treasure Hunt and after five 3p (Porsche Pub and Pint) Car club wins in a row it was the Good Fellows that finally came out smiling!
The winning car a BMW Z4 was driven by ‘the Hairdressers’ ….who else!!? Jonathon and Lindsey were thrilled as they were pipped last year by only half a point!! So they are Treasure Hunt Champions 2016 and accepted the Cup and a Porsche drive experience at Silverstone kindly donated by Martin at Porsche Chester our treasure hunt sponsors.
Teams also had to answer 20 very tough quiz questions while attempting to pick up 50 clues. I would like to thank all the teams for taking part.
Second place went to last year’s champs Fraser and Jane of the Scooby Doos who were beaten by their old rivals winning a rather nice Porsche wine stopper.
In third place were ‘Team Candy’ all the way from Cholmondeley winning a pair of Porsche baseball hats.
Congratulations to all the teams that took part but particularly the Hairdressers pictured with the cup presented by owner Tim.
See you all next year.
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.
As another famous Pie and Cask Ale week came to an end, regular customer Ronnie was the man in the right place at the right time as he pondered the Bulls Head menu and special ‘Pie week’ board. Little did he know Landlord Barry was on the prowl to find the 50,000th legendary Steak and Mobberley Wobbly Ale Pie eater.
As Ronnie approached the bar to place his order there was a tension in the air…….but as the words left his lips “a Steak and Ale Pie please” little did he know what lay ahead…..big cheers, £50 of Bulls Head gift vouchers, a photo and Barry at his table present his plate, after Andy and our team of chefs prepared the 50,000th Steak and Mobberley Wobbly Ale Pie since we have opened, to a famished Ronnie!! Thank you to all the 50,000 people that have enjoyed our pies over the years….you are part of a very special club and well done to Ronnie!!
Now on the Ale front….Yorkshire Ales were celebrated during cask Ale week…our owner Tim is a Yorkshire man and Barry treated our cask Ale loving customers to a few Ales to savour from the wrong side of the Pennines(according to some) not least, Leeds Best, from the Leeds Brewery. Naturally this caused a little commotion with a few of our customers including Al and Gol who are Birmingham and Blackburn fans respectively. They saw this as a time to remind our Leeds Utd supporting owner Tim that his team don’t reflect the beer!! ‘Best’ being the key word! They simply aren’t!! Who will have the last word though!!??
So another great week draws to a close with plenty of great Ales to enjoy….the Yorkshire Ales remain this week too…and the pies continue to be baked for the next 50,000 customers!
Good Beer Guide picks us again!
For the seventh year running our Bulls Head pub here in Mobberley has been chosen by CAMRA to be in the Good Beer Guide 2016/17.
This means that since Tim and Mary opened the door of the new Bulls Head nearly seven years ago it has been chosen for the Good Beer Guide every year. What a great honour for Barry and the Team this is and especially for Tim too, who’s vision seven years ago was to support local Cheshire microbrewers and ensure that every pump was dedicated to local Cheshire brewers, no regionals, no nationals but sustainable support of local business in Cheshire.
A lot of people thought Tim was mad but it has paid off and Cheshire Brewing has never been better. Barry the Bulls Head landlord has only two occasions a year to venture out of Cheshire for his ale choice….the rule however is that they must still be craft micro-brewers……One occasion is Cask Ale week which kicks off on the 22nd September 2016 with our now legendary ‘Pie Week’ and the other is Barry’s famous Irish week in March.
We would all like to thank CAMRA for choosing the Bulls Head again and we would like to lift a glass of ale to our Cheshire Brewers and all our ale loving customers.
Seven glorious years serving ale from seven glorious pumps! See you at Cask Ale week if not before!
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’.
Mobberley is famous for the ‘Mobberley 8’ circuit from Easter to late summer…and sometimes in the winter too, adventurous people either work, ride on horseback but more frequently ride their bikes around the pubs of Mobberley (and a little further afield).
The Bulls Head is a popular stop off where generally the Mobberley 8’ers have a couple drinks…because the Roebuck Inn opposite is now a bistro…. And munch on our famous burger to give energy for the day ahead!
Each year we look out for great groups of Mobberley 8’ers who dress up and make an effort to have a great time while staying safe and behaving well. In past years the 101 Dalmatians and the Horse riders have caught the eye and been chosen by us as the best M8’ers of the year.
2016 is no different and when the Rock Idols…see pic….’rocked’ up at the Bully they were declared favourites to win this year’s Mobberley 8’ers of the year title. A lot of effort obviously went in to creating, Bowie, Kiss and Cougar to name but three…
So well done the Rock Idols!!! Can anyone beat them…..?
Every day (except Sunday) our famous pies are baked in the oven in the tiny Bulls Head kitchen….lovely beef slow cooked in Mobberley Wobbly ale and then put in to the freshly made short crust pastry pies and baked in the oven.
Since we restored the Bulls Head back in 2010 our famous Pie has been on our menu and loved the world over…. literally…we have had guests helicopter from Cornwall, or fly in from New York and run marathons to get a seat at the Bully to eat our famous pie….eaten by locals, regulars, celebrities, sports people and pop stars alike….the legend lives on.
We have calculated through our till information over the last six years that our famous Steak and Mobberley Wobbly Ale Pie by ‘Pie Week’ in September 2016 will have been enjoyed 50,000 times!!!! Yes fifty thousand pies and we don’t sell them on a Sunday because of the need to cook the equally famous Roast Beef!
So ‘Pie Week’ this year from the 22nd September to the 2nd of October (traditionally tying in with Cask Ale week) takes on a whole new form of celebration…come and join us and raise a glass and a fork to our pie!!