The Fitz celebrate 200 years with a village Fete!

What a wonderful sunny day it was for the first Fitzherbert Arms Village fete and start of the 200th Birthday celebrations of the Fitz founded in 1818 this year marks 200 years of the famous pub! With a dog show, a Swynnerton ‘bake off’ and great live music from house band, Dave and Howard, it was a day to remember!

45 dogs registered for the dog show with five different categories such as ‘cheeky chappie’ and ‘golden oldie’. Sam from purely pets judged each category with an adorable Cavachon coming out ‘Top dog’ winning the ‘best in show’ category!

‘The Great Village Bake Off’ had quite a selection of savoury and sweeter treats baked by our customers……Mary Berry would have been stuck for choice and lost for words! Not a soggy bottom in sight!!

Our bake off was judged by Lord Stafford and congratulations to all the great bakers who took part! See all the photos below for the winners and the day itself.​

We want to say a massive thank you to all our loyal customers who joined the festivities and to all the staff for their hard work!

We have won best in the West Midlands!

We are very proud to announce that our Fitzherbert Arms has won ‘Best Pub for the West Midlands’ at the Pub and Bar Awards at BAFTA in Piccadilly, London on Wednesday 23rd May. Our sister Pub the Church Inn has also won ‘Best Pub for the North West’ for the second time in three years!

So, we are doubly delighted with this great news!

Big congratulations go to our GM James and the entire Fitz team. James attended the awards presentation with Dan our Head Chef.

Hard work and passion has persevered…and for a pub that was closed down two years ago this is truly amazing recognition for the team….well done everybody!

Not only did we win we met Martin Keogh the Arsenal legend and BBC pundit!

Sunshine at the Fitz welcomes another great turnout!

Thank you to all the car club members and enthusiasts who joined us for the first Car meet of the Season at the Fitzherbert Arms on Sunday May 13th.

We saw club members of the Good-fellows Car Club travel down from the Bulls Head in Mobberley and from Tarporley we welcomed Cholmondeley Arms Car club members as well as the core of the Fitzherbert Arms Club.

The cars that featured on the day can now be seen on the ‘Past Events’ page on the Car Club pages on the Fitzherbert Arms website www.fitzherbertarms.co.uk

Tim the owner of the Fitzherbert Arms and James the landlord of the ‘Fitz’ were on hand to recruit 12 new members and to take photos of the cars on show as well as presenting car club mugs and car stickers.

Tim and James along with other members of the team chose his ‘Favourite Car of the Day’, ‘favourite Car in Class’ and ‘cherished car of the day.

Congratulations to Julie and Tony with their 1953 MGTD for the ‘Favourite Car In Class’ and Bob with his 1964 Mercedes SL230 ‘Pagoda’ for the ‘Favourite Car of the Day’ and finally Graham and his 1966 Wolseley for ‘Cherished Car of the Day’.

We will be in touch soon with the next Car Meet which will be held at our Three Greyhounds Inn pub in Allostock near Knutsford and Holmes Chapel.

 

We’ve won best in the county for the second year running!

The 2018 Pub and Bar Magazine Awards are back and the judges have chosen the best Pubs and Bars in their respective counties. We are proud to announce the Fitzherbert Arms has been chosen as the best pub in the county of Staffordshire for the second year running! Our sister Pub the Church Inn has also won in Cheshire! So, we are doubly delighted with the news!

The awards presentation will once again take place at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, located in central London on Wednesday 23rd May. As well as coming top in the county, we are also in with a chance of winning best Regional Pub and Overall National Pub of the Year, both of which will be announced on the evening! It is an honour to have been awarded best in the county and we are excited for the Fitz team who all played a part in this!

We will keep you updated once the 23rd May is over….Wish us luck!

 

 

Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards 2018: Winners announced!

The top movers and shakers of the UK drinks industry gathered last night in London to hear the results of the Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards 2018.

The nominees were voted for by Imbibe magazine’s readers in record-breaking numbers and the shortlist included the highest calibre of UK on-trade professionals.

Tim Bird, co-founder of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars picked up the award for Pub Personality of the Year.

Imbibe editor, Chris Losh, commented: ‘Tim has worked in the industry for over 35 years, and since he’s saved many pubs from closure in that time, it’s safe to say the UK’s pub scene would not have been the same without him.

 

‘He’s proved himself amazing at running everything from big pub groups to small independents, and, for the last seven years, his own group of country pubs and Inns. This passion for the industry is exactly what Imbibe Magazine is all about’.

Judges for the competition included restaurateur George Bergier, the Connaught Bar’s Ago Perrone, Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt, Northcote’s Craig Bancroft, Gin Journey’s Leon Dalloway, Beer Belle Annabel Smith, Mixology Group’s Myles Cunliffe and the Imbibe editorial team.

Imbibe launched the Personality of the Year Awards in 2011 and previous winners have included Heston Blumenthal, Ronan Sayburn MS, Thinking Drinkers, Alex Kratena, Christine Parkinson, Xavier Rousset MS, Dee Davies, Lyndon Higginson, Stuart McCluskey, Salvatore Calabrese, Laura Rhys MS, Thomas Decan, the Galvin Brothers and Jake Burger, as well as many other on-trade professionals.

The 2018 awards were presented on Monday 12th February at Mahiki Kensington.

Launched in March 2007, Imbibe magazine has rapidly become the UK’s leading magazine for on-trade drinks professionals working in premium UK establishments. Imbibe is a quarterly magazine, with more than 20,000 drinks buyers and servers in the UK receiving a copy. Copies are available upon request.

Our Owner Tim is Pub Personality of the Year 2018!

Imbibe Magazine is the UK’s leading drinks magazine and tonight at their annual awards in London our owner Tim was chosen as ‘Pub Personality of the Year 2018’.

Tim was up against some of the pub industry’s top talent on the night, but the judges not only looked at Tim’s vast experience in the industry but particularly the success of Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars, Tim’s company that he operates with his wife and business partner Mary McLaughlin. They have taken pubs that were either closed or close to closure and through their restoration have created one of the best small pub companies in the UK!

On winning this prestigious award, Tim thanked the team at Cheshire Cat…..”I have had many proud moments in my career but nothing has made me prouder than the achievement of our pubs. Starting our own business was the best thing we have ever done and tonight I share this award with Mary and the Cheshire Cat team! I would like to thank Imbibe Magazine for giving me one of the proudest moments in my career! I look forward to celebrating with the team!”

Record attendance for Fitz Treasure Hunt 2017!

Fifteen Cars and their Crews turned up to take part in the annual October Fitzherbert Arms Treasure Hunt. Last year there had been fourteen cars which at the time was a record. We hold three treasure hunts in the year one at our Bulls Head Pub in Mobberley where the 3p (Porsche Pint and pub) Club take on the Good Fellows Car club one at our Cholmondeley Arms Pub and of course one at the Fitz.

In third place this year were the Volvo Vampires (Halloween played a part in one or two team names). Second place went to last years champions the
Pit-Stops, who obviously have a good eye for clues!

But this years winners (pictured) are Tony, Rob, Lesley and Julia or by team name the ‘View Crew’. The top three got some Fitzherbert Arms vouchers to enjoy and the winners had the added bonus of a Porsche Driving Experience Day courtesy of our sponsors Porsche Chester. Of course their team name will go on to the cup!

Thank you to all the teams who took part. It was great fun and all the teams gave it a good shot with a lot of ingenuity on the collection of objects
round.

See you all next year….

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