Byley Bomber fly’s in for Christmas!!!

Byley Bomber beer badge

Byley Bomber beer badge

James our landlord has chatted with a few regulars here at the Three Greyhounds Inn and done a little research and has come up with a commemorative Ale to recognise the great history of the local area around our pub.

“Byley Bomber” is a great 3.8% abv session Ale which will feature as a guest ale for many years to come. It celebrates firstly RAF Cranage which was a Royal Air Force station during the Second World War. The airfield was located just to the North of Middlewich.

The site at Cranage was chosen for use as a training base and aircraft maintenance unit in August 1939. Originally just a grass airfield, three runways were later built from American metal plank. The airfield unusually had eight blister hangars for maintenance use.

The first flying unit was No. 2 School of Air Navigation which was formed on 21 October 1940. It operated the twin-engined Avro Anson for training navigators. In 1942 the unit was renamed the Central Navigation School and the strength was increased to 58 Ansons, they were joined two years later by a number of Vickers Wellingtons in the same role. It is the Wellington bomber that is celebrated on the badge and names the beer.

A Vickers-Armstrong shadow factory assembling Wellingtons, was situated at Byley but close to the Cranage airfield. The completed aircraft would be towed from the factory to the airfield for their first flight and onward delivery.

The beer badge also reflects the formation of 96 Squadron in December 1940 at RAF Cranage, which was equipped with Hawker Hurricanes. This unit operated in the night air-defence role, mainly in the protection of the industrial and port areas of Liverpool.

The only flying unit on the airfield after the war was No. 190 Gliding School which was formed in May 1945 and operated from the site for two years. With their departure, flying ceased at Cranage. The airfield was used for storage and maintenance until it closed in 1958.

Great history indeed and what a great beer too!!





Vickers Wellington

Vickers Wellington

The new Three Greyhounds Inn opens in style!!

Opening night at the new Three Greyhounds Inn was celebrated with the arrival of the real three greyhounds…muzzles and all.

Our wonderful gardener and great raconteur from our Cholmondeley Arms pub, Johnny, popped in on opening night with his good lady wife and son. He brought along his three pet greyhounds to celebrate the re-opening of our historic country pub.

Customers and the team all came out to give the dogs a pat on the head.

We are delighted to be open and thank you to all who have visited us over the opening weekend and all the positive feedback we have received.

Somebody has to do it!!

As you can see there was a lot of wine to look at for the new Three Greyhounds Inn wine list!!! Sitting on table 10 at our Bulls Head in Mobberley working with our wine supplier to decide the reds, whites and rose for the list.

For those who know us well the wines by the glass are the most important to us and we have selected some new wines in this area. Without giving too much away we will be pouring a beautiful Malbec by the glass which has an attachment with Jodrell Bank!!!

Anyway big thanks to Danny and Joe for bring great wines to the table.

We can’t wait to get started now!!!

Yew Tree sadly has to be taken down.

We are sorry to announce that the old Yew Tree at the front of the pub has had to be taken down. The roots of the tree are upsetting the foundations of the pub and in order for us to carry out the major restoration works needed to rescue this pub we have been given absolutely no choice.

The plan was to create a green in front of the pub with the tree as a center piece but sadly this was not possible. We will still be creating the little green and a new Yew Tree will be planted in the garden where the sun shines all day. The tree had also become an eyesore with huge amounts of cement around the trunk to stop growth and frankly was used as a rather large ashtray too!!!

As the work commenced on the tree parts of it were found to be dead behind the cement.

Sometimes changes have to be made for the better and the benefits are that the building won’t fall down and we have a lovely view of the famous ‘Three Greyhounds Inn’, a pub which had closed down. We are in the pub restoration business and the Three Greyhounds Inn will be restored beyond its former glory….a beautiful country pub, ‘local and proud.