Our Brandy ‘Bible’ is here..

Brandy is celebrated here at the Three Greyhounds Inn with Volume three, Our ‘300th Birthday Edition’ of our Brandy Bible being produced especially for the cooler months. We have over fifty brandies on the bar from classic Cognac and Armagnac through to some of the best Spanish brandies around. We have fruit brandies with the most famous being our English Farm Cider brandies from Somerset. We also have Pomace Brandy from classic Italian Grappa to interesting Mallorcan and Spanish alternatives.

There is nothing better than a walk around a crisp, cold Shakerley Mere before coming to the Three Greyhounds Inn for a Coffee and a little nip of brandy. If you find brandy too harsh then try one of our Spanish brandies which are aged in sherry barrels and have a ‘sweeter’ more palatable finish.

Brandy is a great after dinner drink too and the brandy ‘bible’ not only gives you a brief history but also lists all the brandies on the bar with their varying prices making it an ideal accompaniment to our cheese list.

We look forward to warming you up here at the Three Greyhounds Inn

For a full version of The Three Greyhounds Brandy Bible click here




Dogs Dinners

dog1-2Last week we launched Dogs Dinners at The Three Greyhounds Inn, we now offer a doggie menu featuring a selection of dry food from Ocars pet food.The menu includes a Lamb and Rice meal, a Chicken and Rice meal and some tasty treats, all meals are gluten free and contain no artificial flavouring.All of these tasty meals and snacks can be washed down by some doggie beer… yes that’s right doggie beer (non-alcoholic of course)! The first choice beverage for many dogs, is a meat stock based drink.

Dogs are welcome in the ‘Brandy Snug’ and also in our large garden. There is a lovely strole around Shakerely Mere nature reserve. Our walk leaflets can either picked up from within the pub of found on the website.

Don’t forget there are doggie treats on the bar provided by our friends at WAGS Kennels, Middlewhich.

See doggie menu below.


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

aperolThe team have worked hard over the last few days on Summer drinks training and you can see from the photo that the drinks were put on the bar for
customers and staff to sample…the most popular being the ‘Brandy Mule’ which is our take on the famous Moscow Mule except using brandy instead of
vodka, with chilled organic ginger beer and fresh limes with ice.

Also enjoyed were the ‘Apple Orchard Mist’ using apple juice and cider brandy in the form of our Kingston Black or Somerset Pamona mixed with lemonade and then with ice, fresh mint, Orange, Strawberry and cucumber, think of an Applely Pimms and you have it!!

As you will see from the photo of the summer drinks board there are a few more including the ever popular Pimms No.1 and the increasingly popular
Aperol Spritz ….sunshine in a glass.

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

Clare completes the Cheshire Cat ‘Quad’ Cycle ride

Starting out from The Three Greyhounds Inn

Starting out from The Three Greyhounds Inn

Regular customer Clare and cycling buddy Paul are the first customers to complete what is now called the Cheshire Cat Quad. They cycled between our four Cheshire Pubs and the total distance they cycled on Friday was 62.2 miles at an average speed of 17.1mph. The duration of the ride was just under 5 hours with a 30 minute refuel break of bananas, toast and tea at our Cholmondeley Arms pub near Malpas and a 20 minute puncture stop on the A49 at Bartington!!!

They were somewhat hampered from the start on the navigation front as they could not set the route on Paul’s new Garmin so had to wing it on memory!! This meant Clare and Paul probably did not go the most direct route!

They left our Three Greyhounds Inn in Allostock near Holmes Chapel at 8.30am heading towards the A556 through Northwich and Hartford(!) before hitting the A51 and then picking up the A49 at Oakmere. They then took a quiet route through Eaton village before climbing the Wrenbury road and arriving 29 miles later at our Cholmondeley Arms pub.

The return journey was repeated until they once again arrived at Oakmere but then they continued on the A49 past Weaverham up to Bartington and the puncture repair stop. Once on familiar turf they went on quieter roads through Comberbach , Great Budworth and on to Knutsford. The final leg was turning left onto the B5085 to our Church Inn pub in Mobberley for a quick photo before a downhill finish to The Bulls Head for 1.30pm to meet their family and have a much needed lunch and relax in the sunny beer garden.

On arrival at the Bulls Head Clare told us…..

“Paul and I both felt elated and relieved to have completed the ‘Cheshire Cat Quad’ especially as our navigation failed due to our inability to programme it correctly rather than technological failure! We had a brilliant cycle with favourable weather conditions and warm hospitality shown at all of Tim and Mary’s pubs. We will be by no means the fastest but at least we are the first to complete what will be a great cycle ride for many”

“Thank you for setting up a most enjoyable challenge”

Previously loyal customer and very keen cyclist Jonathon was the first of our cycling customers to complete the ‘Cheshire Cat Pub to Pub to Pub (Trio) Challenge’ last winter 2013 when we had just three pubs in Cheshire.

If you are a keen cyclist and want to be listed as a ‘Cheshire Cat Quad Cycling Challenge beater’ then let us know by emailing us at info@cheshirecatpubsandbars.co.uk We can then help you plan your trip and ensure your photo is taken with your trusty bike at each pub. You will get your photo in our ‘hall of fame’ and we will welcome you at the final pub with a drink on the house!!

The Three Greyhounds Inn hosts Car Clubs.

IMG_3373The Three Greyhounds Inn played host to the Ashbourne Classic Car Club on Sunday. Chosen for the pubs ideal location it makes for an excellent ‘stop off’ for refreshments and showing off cars. The Pub is situated on the busy B-road the Holmes Chapel Road. Ideal for accessing Lach Dennis, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Lower Peover, Middlewich, Northwich not to mention Goostrey, Byley and Cranage.

There is ample parking for 50-60 cars depending on the time of day and the day of the week.

On this occasion the Ashbourne Classic Car club arrived at 10am for tea/coffee and Brunch nibbles before heading on to their event. The cars on show are pictured below.

Any Car Clubs looking for an exceptional venue to meet at by all means get in touch with James the General Manager and Landlord of the Three Greyhounds Inn and discuss what we can do to entertain you and your car club members.

If you are looking to join a car club then we run The Cholmondeley Car Club which operates from our sister pub the Cholmondeley Arms near Malpas or we have a specific Porsche Club called the 3p Club which operates from our other sister pub the Bulls Head in Mobberley as well as our Goodfellows Car Club which also meets at the Bulls Head see www.cholmondeleyarms.co.uk or www.thebullsheadpub.co.uk for further details.

A big thank you to the Ashbourne Classic Car club for calling in.

Ashbourne Classic Car Club

New Menus for winter in to Spring have arrived!!

Our Head Chef Craig and his brigade of chefs have once again worked exceptionally hard to develop some lovely new dishes for our winter in to spring menu.

New starters include…

Potted Confit of Duck with pistachio served with orange marmalade and toast or the Little Slow Roasted Crispy Belly Pork, Clonakilty black pudding and smoked bacon with an apple and walnut salad and honey mustard dressing.

For vegetarians there is a Fairleigh Wallop Goat Cheese and wild mushroom Brulee, fig salad.

We have a comforting Pan fried lambs liver, honey roasted shallots and mini bubble and squeak cake and for the seafood lover there is………. Beetroot cured Sea Trout and horseradish with a fennel and apple salad

On the mains we have

  • Pan Roasted Goosnargh Duck Breast with fondant potatoes, buttered kale and Somerset Cider Brandy sauce
  • Smoked Fish and Cider Pie, with Haddock, salmon and mackerel, Keens Cheddar Mash and buttered garden peas
  • Spiced Roast Root Vegetable and Chickpea Casserole with minted yoghurt
  • Traditional Lancashire Hot Pot topped with Saddleworth Lancashire Cheese and pickled red cabbage
  • Anna’s Happy Trotters Pork Chops with sprouting broccoli, creamy mash and wholegrain mustard sauce
  • Rack of Cheshire Lamb stuffed with Chorlton White Cheshire and thyme, parsnip Dauphinoise and seasonal vegetables

And for new puddings we have

  • Dark and White Chocolate Cheesecake with chocolate bourbon biscuit
  • Spiced Sherry Plum Crumble with warm custard
  • Hot Chocolate Fondant with Mocha Bean Ice cream
  • ‘Seven Sisters Farm’ Cherry Bakewell Ice Cream Tart

To look through the full menu click here and the Sunday menu please click here

Another reason to visit.

IMG_3150It’s a great dog’s life!!

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!!


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.