Good Friday came round again and it was time for a solitary and socially distanced ride to, and around the closed pubs of Mobberley.
The day had dawned dry, bright, and pretty damned cold – but there was no wind so the cycling was easy.
This ‘event’ is usually attended by 100 or so cyclists, but in these days of Covid-19 restrictions this just couldn’t be.
In spite of restrictions, other cyclists had a similar idea to me, by the time I’d arrived at the Plough & Flail at around 11.45am, I’d ‘collected’ Pat and Vanessa en-route. Other cyclists had beaten us to it.
The former Stag Inn
There was just enough time for a photo call and a beer when it was time to head out to the Stag at Warford. The Stag, a one time excellent pub, closed it’s doors for the last time some years ago. In spite of various promises to re-open, it looks like it’s being converted to offices.
Still, a quick beer was quaffed as a mark of respect.
The Frozen Mop was next, followed by the Bird in Hand – a Sam Smith’s pub that Humphrey Smith had closed a long time before Covid-19, for reasons best known to himself.
The Bird in Hand....anyone want a job?
A sign in the pub window advertised for someone to run the pub. I don’t think there’ll be many applicants, most folk I know want at least SOME job security.
The Bull’s Head & Roebuck were next, along with a couple of pints of Cheshire Cat. The Roebuck has become a village shop, selling lovely pies. And beer. No photos I'm afraid, I was too busy eating my butties.
The sun continued to shine brightly – and almost hotly. Not bad for an early spring day.
The Church Inn, preceded the once excellent Chapel House, now a private house, but still sporting the pub sign.
The former Chapel house, now a private house
The last pub of the day was the Railway, a former Greenall’s house. This pub is unusual in that it has retained it’s bowling green – so many pubs have converted their greens to beer gardens – or car parks.
And we all lived happily ever after.