Welcome to ‘Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars’
Our Company was founded in 2008 by Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin.Tim was formerly part of famous pub entrepreneur, Michael Cannon’s management team turning round the fortunes of Pub companies such as Morrells of Oxford and Eldridge Pope. He was more recently MD of Brunning and Price and the Freehouse Pub Company within the Restaurant Group. Tim’s early career saw him work for Berni Steak houses, JA Devenish and Greenalls Pub Company.
Mary was formerly MD of La Tasca and grew the Spanish restaurant chain from three to over seventy restaurants nationwide. Prior to this Mary was with both Greenalls and Devenish Pub Companies having spent her early career with Disney and Harrods. We currently operate five famous pubs. All of which originally were either closed or on the verge of closure. We enjoy the challenge of restoring beautiful pubs that many would consider to be lost causes.
Our first pub was the Red Lion, Weymouth in the far away reaches of Dorset and was the original Devenish ‘Brewery Tap’ and is one of Dorset’s most famous pubs. Tim, after working in the southwest with Eldridge Pope, felt there was an opportunity to develop a small pub business in Dorset and the Red Lion was acquired on that basis.
As so often happens in business the opportunity didn’t arise to develop further in Dorset but the Red Lion remains a really important part of the Cheshire Cat ‘family’ and we are proud of this historical pub and the team that work there. It also gives our northern based teams and customers an excuse to visit the seaside and the place that hosted to 2012 Olympic sailing!!!
Tim and Mary then focused on growing the business in Cheshire where they live and the Bulls Head in Mobberley, Cheshire was our second pub acquisition. The ‘Bully’ is a lovely village pub reflecting everything a true rural village pub should be. Umbro the sports manufacturer was founded in here too! The pub is also renowned for its whisky collection and its commitment to Cheshire Ales.
The wonderful Cholmondeley Arms our third acquisition is a very rural village pub made unusual by the fact that it used to be a Victorian village school on the Cholmondeley Estate. The ‘Chum’, as it is known, is renowned for its Gin Collection and has six guest bedrooms in the ‘Headmasters House’ opposite.
The Three Greyhounds Inn our fourth acquisition is in the village of Allostock near Holmes Chapel. An old converted farm, the Three Greyhounds Inn had closed and we saw an opportunity to rescue, restore and re-open this once great rural pub. It has a great Brandy collection and is renowned for its British farm cheeses.
Last, but by no means least, is the Church Inn in Mobberley. The Church Inn is the ‘sister’ pub to the Bulls Head. The pub is differentiated from the Bulls Head in the main, giving us another style of pub operation to complement the village of Mobberley and surrounding towns and cities. Famous for its ‘communion’ of wines, the Church Inn is a grade two listed building with a ‘country tavern’ feel with intimate dining rooms, outdoor terraces and beer gardens and private dining rooms on the first floor.