Burger was decent enough. Good meat, not overcooked, served on a bun which managed not to fall apart until I was halfway through eating it – at which point there was no option but to resort to the cutlery. Also in the bun, a rasher of bacon, slice of cheddar, posh salad leaf and tomato. Alongside, well fried chips, a little pot of coleslaw and another of ketchup.
It was not, however, the better of the two plates. That honour went to the steak and ale pie. Made on the premises, this was excellent crisp pastry enclosing long cooked tasty meat. They use the Mobberley Wobbly ale, which is also available on draught. Comes with chips and fairly mushy peas. And, best of all, a jug of gravy.
Mobberley Wobbly is made specifically for the Bulls Head by the Weetwood Brewery at Kelsall. It was one of several local beers available on the pumps – all of them come from a 30 mile radius of the pub. I also spotted Tatton Blonde from the Tatton brewery literally just down the road in Knutsford and there’s Hedge Hopper from a microbrewery in the village itself.
The pub is a recent CAMRA finalist for the regional “pub of the year”, proving that good food and good beer can go hand in hand – at least sometimes.
It’s a proper pub, not a “gastropub”. No-one’s going to be fussed if you just want a pint and packet of pork scratchings but they are very much geared up to feeding you. Please go if you’re in the area.