Another reason to visit.

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It’s unbelievable but true doggie beer (non-alcoholic of course) is on the shelf here at the Three Greyhounds Inn. Pet dogs are welcome in our ‘Brandy Snug’ named after our famous collection of some 50 brandies of all different styles!! There are the usual Dog biscuits on the bar (supplied by our local Dogs kennel ‘WAGS’) as you would expect but now for only £1.50 your ‘pooch’ can have a little beverage with you!! Doggie beer is made up of meat stock and is certainly lapped up. Sometimes the bottle is nearly as big as the dog as you can see!!

Shakerley Mere the picturesque lake is opposite the Three Greyhounds Inn and is well worth a walk with your the dog before you arrive at our pub. Walk leaflets for this are available here on our website or from within the pub itself.

We also have a large garden at the side of our pub which is ideal in the spring and summer months for your respective hounds..just venture through the Brandy Snug and through the French windows and you are there!

A fun Christmas everywhere!!

What a great time over Christmas our teams have had. It is tiring work but there are plenty of smiles and fun around the place!! The Bulls Head in Mobberley held its annual Christmas Jumper competition and the judges moved around the pub secretly assessing the best. Pete had won it last year with his ‘snow man number’ so was a favourite again this year.

There were a number of good efforts but I am pleased to say Pete held on to his crown with an ‘elf jumper’ with matching hat!! Well done Pete! There must be someone out there who can out do Pete in 2014??!

The teams as you can see had a good go with our personal favourite being Tom at the Church Inn with his Christmas pudding version!! Thanks to all our teams for making the effort. At the Cholmondeley Arms the ‘Snow Ball’ Drink was re-incarnated by the team and you can see Miya sampling some for the camera behind the Cholmondeley Bar!!!

Thank you to all our customers who have added to the atmosphere at all our pubs. There have been Christmas Carol singers at Cholmondeley and Brass bands at The three Greyhounds Inn at Allostock and The Church Inn in Mobberley as we managed to squeeze them in our newly decorated Church Inn ‘boot room’.

On Christmas eve as the Carol service finished at St. Wilfs church opposite the Church Inn in Mobberley we were on hand to serve the masses (get it!!) with mulled wine on the terrace with warm chimineas  burning away. There were festive nibbles and roasted chestnuts and a lot of good cheer! A very happy Christmas to all!!

Thanks to all our teams for working so hard!!

ALLOSTOCK PUB WINS BEST FOOD PUB IN NATIONAL AWARDS

The Three Greyhounds Inn in Allostock has beaten off competition from 1300 other pubs to be named Best Food Pub in national awards run by Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars this week.

Noting the pub’s busy car park, the judges were impressed by how quickly owners Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin had established the pub as a great place to eat within just a year of re-opening. Describing it as a ‘shining light’, they also singled out the distinctive menu with its focus on food from British farms.

Indeed it was the opportunity to offer food at the Three Greyhounds Inn that attracted Tim and Mary to take on the pub and to invest £250,000 restoring it into a beautiful traditional pub serving excellent locally sourced food. “The pub had been shut for four months and was in a sad state when we first saw it,” recalls Tim. “But it had real character and as the only pub in the Allostock area was crying out for some TLC and to be turned back into a pub that the local community could be proud of.”

The 300-year-old pub’s history as a farm inspired Tim and Mary with the menu theme. The menu is a celebration of food from British farms with as much produce as possible from meat and vegetables to ice cream and chutney coming from Cheshire farms. For an added twist, the pub also specialises in British farm cheeses and offers a choice of eight brandies produced on a Somerset farm.

“We’ve been surprised and delighted by the variety of wonderful food being produced on Cheshire farms, from chocolate to asparagus, the quality is excellent,” says Tim.

The Three Greyhounds landlord James Griffiths received the coveted award at a gala celebration night from snooker champion John Parrott. “We’re humbled but very proud to have been selected to win the award. We didn’t seek the nomination which made winning a great surprise and a real boost for our 25 staff and 5 chefs. Some people think that rundown pubs are a lost cause, this award helps us prove there will always be a place for a well-cared for traditional community local.”

Tim and Mary are not resting on their laurels after their win, with plans for a private dining room, guest bedrooms and a regular farmers market at the Three Greyhounds Inn on the cards.

Best Picture finally chosen!!

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We apologise for the delay in picking the winner of our Shakerley Mere photo competition. James and his fellow judges got their heads together and chose the photo sent in by Sally. It was felt that the photo captured the scenery and wildlife of the Mere and had a great deal of feeling attached to it.

So the first prize for Sally and her family to enjoy is £50 of Three Greyhounds Inn vouchers and a cheese and wine hamper!!

Thank you to everyone who sent a photo in.

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Our Autumn and early winter menu is here!!

cheeseandwineHere at the Three Greyhounds Inn Head Chef Craig and Sous Chef Richard and the kitchen team have developed a lovely menu for you all to enjoy from autumn salads that can be enjoyed as a starter or main course such as Home Smoked Combermere Abbey Pheasant Breast Salad with cranberries and pickled wild mushrooms or King Prawns poached in white wine with a salad of crab and avocado.

There are heart- warming dishes such as Duchy Estate Venison Steak with a little game pie, braised red cabbage, Pan Haggerty and juniper gravy or Slow Cooked Shoulder of Cheshire Lamb with red cabbage and braised layered potato and a red wine gravy or Honey Glazed Baby Gammon with fresh caramelised pineapple, crispy duck egg and chips.

For seafood fans we have caught Grilled Fillet of Bream on crushed new potato cake with creamed peas and shredded ham hock or Roasted Hake on a Yorkshire chorizo, butter bean and red pepper casserole with rocket salad.

For Vegetarians we have Staffordshire Oatcakes filled with wilted spinach and wild mushroom in a creamy white wine sauce with English garden salad or Belton Farm Organic Red Leicester, Caramelised Red Onion and Potato Pie with buttered greens and chips with a cream mustard sauce.

There are dishes for everyone. To view the full menus including Gluten Free dishes too click here.

We look forward to cooking for you…..

Our Autumn Menu

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Gluten Free Dishes

gluten-free-dietOn arrival at the Three Greyhounds Inn please let us know you have a wheat/gluten allergy and we will confirm all the dishes that are suitable for you. We do cook specials on different occasions so do please check with us. On quieter days we may be able to cook (with the fresh ingredients we have available) a dish that may suit you better.

Please always double check the items listed below with us before you order. Generally we thicken our sauces and gravies through reduction methods but do check first as when cooking freshly, we may have had to use wheat flour in exceptionally rare occasions as an ingredient

To Start

  • Pint or Half Pint of Prawns, served with spicy cocktail sauce, without the bread
  • Our Fresh Seafood Plate of king prawns Marie Rose, Salmon poached with dill, white crab with lemon mayo, Smoked salmon pâté and smoked peppered mackerel (ideal for sharing or as a main course for one) without the bread
  • Wild Mushrooms Pan Fried with white wine, cream and shallots without the toast
  • Soup of the day. **Please check on arrival
  • Cheshire Rabbit, Ham Hock and Pistachio Terrine with pickled vegetable salad without the toast
  • Home Smoked Combermere Abbey Pheasant Breast Salad with cranberries and pickled wild mushrooms
  • King Prawns poached in white wine with a salad of crab and avocado
  • Warm Poached Lemon Chicken & Pear Salad, with figs & toasted pine nuts
  • Pan-fried Lamb Kidneys, without the toast

Mains

  • Darren Shepherds 21 Day Aged 10oz Ribeye with roasted plum tomato, dressed salad and chips
  • Honey Glazed Baby Gammon with fresh caramelised pineapple and chips (without duck egg)
  • Slow Cooked Shoulder of Cheshire Lamb with red cabbage and braised layered potato and a red wine gravy
  • Grilled Fillet of Bream on crushed new potato cake with creamed peas and shredded ham hock
  • Pan Roasted Goosnargh Duck Breast with creamed cabbage, roast beetroot puree
  • Duchy Estate Venison Steak with a little game pie, braised red cabbage, Pan Haggerty and juniper gravy (without little pie)
  • Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with a new potato rosti, green beans, and a wild mushroom and shallot sauce

Desserts

  • Local Cheshire Farm Ice Creams, choose from Rum and Raisin, Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Mint Chocolate and Strawberry
  • ‘Allostock’ Winter mess

Doggie beer is here!!

dogbeerYes it is true we have found a non-alcoholic ‘hooch for your pooch’!!!! Called ‘Lucky Dog’ it is proving to be a hit with the thirsty dogs that rock up, with their owners of course, and need to join their owner in a round with the hound!! So get your self down to the The Three Greyhounds Inn after a lovely walk and get your dog more than a biscuit!!

Our new Summer menu is here!!!

Three-Greyhounds-Main05smAs the summer approaches (hopefully) our head chef Craig and landlord James have been busy putting the finishing touches to our summer menu here at the Three Greyhounds Inn. So what are the new dishes to look forward to….?

In our ‘sharing section’ of the menu we have introduced our Warm Mixed Seafood Plate of tiger prawns, whitebait, calamari and haddock dusted in seasoned flour and gently fried (ideal as a starter for two to share) so popular at the Bulls Head customers want to see it here too!!

In our starter section we now have Craig’s Pork, Apple and Cider Terrine with spicy apple sauce and granary toast this also now features on our famous ‘Pub Plate’. There is a Warm Poached Lemon Chicken and Pear Salad with figs and toasted pine nuts and a Chorlton Blue Cheshire Cheese Fritter with spiced tomato chutney, apple and grape salad or you may be a soup lover so we have prepared a Garden Pea and Fresh Mint Soup and finally by popular demand Pan-fried Lambs Kidneys finished with shallots and red wine served on seeded toast.

On to the Favourite main courses Craig has introduced Slow Cooked Pork Belly from Anna’s ‘Happy Trotters’ Farm served with braised layered potato and cider sauce and for seafood fans a Pan Fried Lemon Sole with Jersey Royal new potatoes, seasonal greens and samphire. The ever popular Salmon and Smoked Haddock Fishcakes are now with oven roasted cherry tomato and rocket salad and horseradish & lemon mayonnaise.

For a twist we also have Craig’s Alternative Chicken ‘Kiev’ with a Hollandaise sauce and fresh wild garlic served with summer greens and oven roasted cherry tomatoes. Another slow cooked dish is the Slow Cooked Cheshire Lamb Shoulder with braised layered potato and onion, red cabbage and Rosemary gravy.

There is a lovely light salad of Smoked Duck Breast with orange, roasted plum and toasted cashew nuts with a pomegranate dressing and finally another summer delight with Baked Kidderton Ash Goats Cheese coated in hazel nuts with a pear, fig and home pickled golden beetroot salad.

Finally Craig’s home made puddings there is a Baked Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cheese Cake with fresh cream or Allostock Fresh Gooseberry Tart with clotted cream and for the chocolate fiend a Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownie with raspberry ripple ice cream.

A twist on a Peach Melba brings you ‘Seven Sisters Farm’ Raspberry Pavlova Ice Cream served in a brandy snap basket with peach compote and finally the popular summer mess that is the Allostock Mess of fresh whipped Chantilly cream, Meringue with strawberries and raspberries.

Enjoy all these lovely summer dishes in our Cheshire Farm Garden to be found through our Brandy Snug or in a cosy corner within the Three Greyhounds Inn itself. Here’s to the sunshine!!

More history unfolds about the Three Greyhounds Inn

We have been visited by Janet and Andy all the way from Buckingham. They have been investigating their ancestors and have found that one of them took over the Three Greyhounds Inn way back in 1843. As is recorded below with sketches and a copy of an entry from the family tree, a man called Peter Taylor took over as landlord of the Three Greyhounds from his deceased brother Joseph, having married Joseph’s widow.

This historical record confirms what we, here at the Three Greyhounds Inn had guessed, that the pub and farmland belonged to aristocracy and now it is confirmed within this record, that this was Sir Charles Peter Shakerley, (as in Shakerley Mere) who was the 1st Baronet no less!! We now have Sir Nicholas Simon Adam Shakerley, 7th Baronet (born 1963) in situ. So 7 generations later!!

Sir Charles Peter Shakerley 1st Bt., of Somerford Park, born 27 Dec. 1792, was educated at Brasenose, Oxford and was Sheriff of Chester in 1837. He was created Baronet on 30 July 1838. He married firstly 26 Feb. 1819 to Laure Angelique Rosalba d’Avaray, daughter of the Duke (Ormerod describes him as the Marquis) D’Avaray. This marriage ended in divorce and Peter then married on 20 December 1831 to Jessie Matilda (died 8 Aug. 1902) the daughter of James Scott of Rotherfield Park, Hampshire and had issue. Sir Charles died 14 Sept. 1857 and was succeeded by his eldest son Charles Watkin Shakerley.

As this account details the Three Greyhounds came with 70 acres of land, various outbuildings and crops. A small rent was paid to the local vicar and more to Sir Charles …some £7, 7 Shillings and 3 pence to be exact. How times have changed!!

The sketches confirm that our out buildings were once farm houses and show the piggeries that still exist in our garden today.

Big thanks to Janet and Andy for sharing their ancestors history with us. Anyone else that can help with the history of our pub please let us know.

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Our summer Garden Blossoms!!

SUMMER DRINKS ARE HERE!!

SUMMER DRINKS ARE HERE!!

Hopefully summer is coming soon!!? Anyway to cheer everyone up we have introduced our special summer drinks list!! (see below)

The work on our garden is finished having added all the summer planting. There is nothing better than sitting in a rural Cheshire garden sipping on a Pimms or a chilled glass of white wine while embarking on a fresh Seafood plate!!

There are sheltered areas and sunny areas to the garden for you to enjoy with great views across Cheshire fields and of the old farm buildings that make up the Three Greyhounds Inn.

To access the garden simply come through our Brandy Snug within the pub and out of the French windows. Pet dogs are welcome in the Brandy Snug and in the garden itself. We get all types of visitors including a family of ducks recently!!

The sunshine is on its way we are sure, so pop down and enjoy your summer at the Three Greyhounds Inn!!

 

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PET DOGS ENJOY THE GARDEN

PET DOGS ENJOY THE GARDEN

SIMPLY THROUGH THE BRANDY SNUG TO OUR LOVELY GARDEN

SIMPLY THROUGH THE BRANDY SNUG TO OUR LOVELY GARDEN

 

DUCKS TROT THROUGH OUR GARDEN

DUCKS TROT THROUGH OUR GARDEN

PLENTY OF TABLES TO CHOOSE FROM

PLENTY OF TABLES TO CHOOSE FROM

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