Mill Lane, MOBBERLEY, WA16 7HX
This little gem thrives as both a village local and also a destination eatery. One attraction is the range of seven real ales from Cheshire microbreweries within 35 miles of the pub - Dunham Massey, Merlin, Redwillow, Storm, Tatton and Wincle - but you'll need more than one visit to make acquaintance with them all. Yet another, Weetwood, brews Mobberley Wobbly (aka Mobb Wobb) exclusively for the pub; it's a pint of this that comes with the 'legendary' hand-crafted steak and ale pie with chips and 'not so mushy' peas. Smart, traditionally styled dining rooms ensure a comfortable and convivial setting for wholesome home-cooked food, including delicious Sunday roasts of prime roast beef sirloin and Yorkshire pudding, served with roast potatoes, red cabbage, seasonal fresh vegetables and gravy. Lunchtime snacks served Monday to Friday until 5pm include a Lancashire Poacher rarebit or home-made haddock fish finger sandwich, both served with dressed salad and a handful of chips. A full meal may start with seafood crockpot - sustainable white fish, prawns and Scottish salmon in creamy dill and white wine sauce, continue with Rose County calves' liver, smoked bacon, spiced red cabbage, creamy mash and onion gravy. A home-made pudding could be millionnaires' shortbread cheesecake. Wheat-free and gluten-free dishes are also available. The pub hosts two car clubs: the 'Three P' Club, which stands for 'Pub, Porsche and Pint', and for which you have to own, borrow or hire said German vehicle; and the Goodfellows, for which you must own anything but a Porsche. The clubs raise money for local charities including the village church. The pub garden comes into its own for the June Rose Queen Festival.