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

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A Hat trick for ‘Ted’s Tarts’

q2Wednesday Evening saw Lord Ted’s quiz final at the Bulls head, with 16 teams battling to win.

Every month the winning quiz teams are awarded points to join the leader board, the season runs from October to April. At the final quiz of the season double points are awarded to the top 5 teams. There were three teams all very close in the leader board last year’s winners ‘The Almighty’s’, ‘Ted’s Tarts’ and ‘Hearding Cats and Co.’

After a very exciting quiz the results were announced… ‘Ted’s Tarts’ were pushed to the top of the leader board after a triumphant win! Each team member won a £20.00 voucher and a Whisky tasting for the whole team. As well as winning the quiz and consequently the leader board one lucky team member also won ‘Stand up sit down bingo.’

A huge congratulations to Ted’s Tarts and we look forward to seeing you at the ‘Ted to Head’ on May 27th at the Three Greyhounds in Allostock…

Tingle with Dingle Gin!

A trip to Dingle Bay learn more…

A trip to Ireland was had. The homeland of Barry our landlord who has just done a craic’ing job with Irish week at the Bulls Head. Mary, too our proud owner is from the Emerald Isle and she and Tim went off to discover Dingle Bay and a craft distillery therein!

“It was a cool March day but the sun was in the sky and the journey through County Kerry was a picturesque one. Reaching Dingle Bay and visiting the craft distillery was the main objective of the trip but to arrive in Dingle itself was a real pleasure. What a beautiful little town it is. The views, scenery and of course the warmth of the welcome and the hospitality that following were memorable to say the least.

A big bowl of chowder with soda bread was the order of the day before we arrived at the distillery to meet Joe who offered a ‘wee’ tour and of course a gin and tonic at the end!!

The Dingle Distillery is there to produce a fine craft whiskey and to promote this fact Kilbeggan are helping by bottling a Dingle named whiskey . You see whiskey has to mature and while all that maturing is going on there is a lot of money invested. So to help the process barrels of whiskey were sold as investments (like a type of crowd funding) to raise money to ensure the whiskey in those barrels becomes one of the best in Ireland. So what else can be made in a distillery while one waits for the whiskey maturing process to complete?

Gin and vodka is the answer and that’s how we found out about the Dingle Distillery in the first place….Dingle Gin! By now many gin lovers will have had a single Dingle or indeed a double Dingle and tonic under young Barry’s guidance at the Bully. The gin is very good indeed with one or two Irish botanicals as well as the big juniper flavour. They say lime is best with it, but all the signs said lemon so take your pick.

If Vodka is your thing they have distilled one of those too in a very impressive blue bottle….in fact the bottle the gins in is equally impressive with a small plaque on it with Dingle Bay proudly reflected. If you are ever in Ireland make an effort to visit Dingle you will fall in love with it and probably the high spirits that exist there!”

Dingle Gin, Vodka and the first batch of Dingle Whiskey can be enjoyed anytime at the Bulls head just ask for a single Dingle!

Church Inn does it again!

MARY AND TIM WITH THE AWARD

MARY AND TIM WITH THE AWARD

We are delighted to announce that our Church Inn pub has won the ‘Chairman’s choice’ Best Dining Pub Award for South Manchester and pipped our very own Bulls Head pub (also in Mobberley)!!

The ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep’ Awards 2015 took place at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel and our Bulls Head and Church Inn pubs were up against each other in the same category! Barry our landlord at the Bulls Head was the first to congratulate Simon (our Church Inn landlord) and the team saying “They’ve done a cracking job and I am delighted at least one of us won it!! This will make the Bully team even more determined to beat our ‘little sister pub’ the Church Inn next time round!!”

Simon said “I am really chuffed for the Church team and the customers…it’s been a solid start since opening a year and a half ago…I am very proud and feel a little sorry for Barry but not really!!”

Owners Tim and Mary were there to cheer both their pubs on and what a night for the village of Mobberley with two pubs from the same village up for the award! Tim said “it is always so exciting to be nominated for an award without entering anything and for both our Mobberley pubs to be nominated was a great achievement for all our fantastic people from our pub teams to our loyal and supportive customers and suppliers”

Mary added “we have been in Mobberley now for just over five years with the Bulls Head and have so enjoyed it becoming a proud pub in the village. We took on the Church Inn two years ago when it had closed down and we knew it was going to be hard to create a second special pub in the village… but we are on our way. The teams at both pubs have made this possible with the help of course from our customers. This award is for everyone to celebrate”

Rose Garden

gardenLast year we were given a postcard which showed a family sitting in front of Bulls Head Rose Garden in the 1920’s. In celebration of Mobberley’s annual Rose Queen Festival, an event which started in 1922, it was decided that the Rose Garden should be lovingly restored.

In 2014 we revealed the 21st Century version of the garden which was restored by Rick and Paul. During the spring and summer the Rose Garden will continue to bloom and develop. We look forward to seeing many more family pictures in front of our beautiful roses.

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New Whisky ‘Bible’ arrives for Christmas.

IMG_7929Shane and Barry have been working away on the new Bulls Head Whisky Bible (volume four) and it arrives ready for Christmas and the winter months that follow.

There are new whiskies to celebrate and with 80 whiskies in all there is plenty of choice. The whiskies are now listed with all the prices per 25ml shot and are clearly laid out in order of Country and regions of Scotland.

Celebrating Barry, our landlords Irish roots, we have a number of new Irish Whiskey additions to the bible.

Customers can order whisky boards of their favourites at a rather competitive price too.

So if you want a winter warmer or just a whisky with your cheese board then ask for the Whisky Bible.

For a full version of our Whisky Bible click here.

Laurie says farewell.

jazzI am very sorry to announce that our famous ‘Smoooth’ (with 3 ‘o’s) guitarist Laurie has died aged 95.

Laurie was the guitar half of our Jazz duo with Stewart (on saxophone) here at the Bulls Head. They joined us shortly after we opened four and a half years ago. They had played at a wedding and one of our neighbours recommended the duo to us and the rest is history they have been playing here every other Sunday since.

Laurie was simply remarkable, he would drive from Northwich to the Bulls Head on a Sunday and unload all his own kit himself when doing a gig. He had a firm handshake and was a great character who loved playing his music. He will be sadly missed by everyone associated with the Bulls Head for sure.

On behalf of all the Bulls Head team both past and present and of course all our customers, we send all good wishes to Laurie’s family.

Laurie was forced to retire from the music scene due to illness a couple of months ago and he was kind enough to recommend good friends of his to carry on in his place so the ‘Smoooth’ legend could continue with Stewart on Sax.

We all raise a glass to you Laurie! God bless you we are all better for knowing you.

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Highly Commended for our scarecrow!!

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The results came in and to our great delight ‘Patricia the Gardener’ gained a highly commended in the annual Mobberley Scarecrow competition!!

Amie our Asst. Manager with the help of Barry our landlord did a great job putting Patricia together!! They even used Barry’s old lawn mower.

Our real gardener Peter was not amused as he felt Patricia wasn’t pulling her weight on the gardening front as he had to mow round her for four weeks!!

Patricia finally collapsed in the wind and was carried off in celebration!! This was a big award in our eyes of Amie and Barry and they both agreed that it felt as good as getting in the Good Beer Guide for the fifth year running!!

Our certificate and our rosette will be framed in honour of Patricia…well done Amie!! Tim was on hand to congratulate her. (she hates the photo of herself!!)

Our sister pub the Church Inn didn’t quite come anywhere near the Bully with their attempt at the Ghost Of Hannah (who is rumoured to haunt the Church Inn!!) So bad luck to them and try a bit harder next time said Barry!!

 

PATRICIA THE GARDENER AT THE BULLS HEAD

PATRICIA THE GARDENER AT THE BULLS HEAD

TIM CONGRATULATES AMIE WHO WITH THE HELP OF LANDLORD BARRY PUT THE PROUD SCARECROW TOGETHER

TIM CONGRATULATES AMIE WHO WITH THE HELP OF LANDLORD BARRY PUT THE PROUD SCARECROW TOGETHER

CHURCH-INN-GHOST-OF-HANNAH!!

CHURCH-INN-GHOST-OF-HANNAH!!

 

Summer Menu is here

Steve and the team at The Bulls Head are delighted to be launching the new Summer menu on Thursday the 12th of June, the menu will feature a number of tasty new dishes such as

  • Pan Roasted Lamb Cutlets with button onions, bay carrots, redcurrent gravy and kale and smoked bacon hash
  • Cromer Crab salad with fennel, radish , orange and a citrus dressing
  • Pan fried Hake, champ potatoes, braised spinach and peas, caper butter sauce
  • Chickpea, broad bean and preserved lemon salad

To view our full menu click here.

We also have a great selection of new light lunches added to our repertoire.

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Summer drinks to bring out the summer weather!! (Hopefully)

Shane and Luke with new recruit Ed have worked hard over the last few days on Summer drinks training and you can see from the photo of our Summer drinks board all great drinks on offer.

The in vogue ‘Spritz’ drinks such as Aperol Spritz and the Hugo Spritz are huge across Europe at present and gaining in popularity here at the Bulls Head. The Hugo features a shot of St Germaine Elderflower liqueur, a shot of Prosecco and then topped up with soda, garnished with sprigs of mint…very refreshing…

We also feature two English variants firstly the Queens Spritz featuring her favourite aperitif Dubonnet with a shot of Prosecco and top up with lemonade and  garnished with a slice of fresh orange or the Sloe Spritz made with Sloe Gin with Prosecco and soda.

The new Bull Special is a jug of Cheshire farmed Apple juice with Bison Grass Vodka with ice….apple pie flavour comes through and so refreshing!! There are a few more such as our Elderflower lager or indeed the classic Pimms No.1 which we are famous for along with our Elderflower Lager.

So even if there is a little cloud about pop in and cheer yourself up with a special summer drink and test the team!

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