Yes in the 200th year of the famous Fitzherbert Arms the 4th Fitzherbert Arms Car Treasure Hunt went off well with 8 competitive teams setting off in to the Staffordshire countryside to enjoy picking up clues, a few photos and objects along the way too!
This year the trophy and Silverstone Porsche Day, donated by our Treasure Hunt sponsors Porsche Chester, was won by Caroline and Sally of the ‘mini the minx’ team and they were absolutely flabbergasted when the results were announced! Their partners were in a separate car and clearly looked dumbfounded when the girls picked up first place on the podium and clearly thrashing them!
Second place went to Charlee’s Angels…..newly-weds Paul and Jo whose team name paid homage to our Deputy manager Charlee! Third place went to Treasure Hunt veterans Emma and Richard who also took part in our Bulls Head treasure hunt too last month.
This now marks the end of the Car Club season here at Cheshire Cat Pubs…..we have really enjoyed hosting the three treasure hunts and they have been the best attended ever. Here’s to next year’s Car Meets, Safari’s and Treasure Hunts. Thank you for all your support and enthusiasm at all our pub Car events.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.