Mary Mclaughlin and Tim Bird, owners of a unique and award winning collection of village pubs and country Inns, have announced the opening of their seventh venture, The Fitzherbert Arms which sits on Lord Stafford’s estate in the village of Swynnerton in Staffordshire.

The Fitzherbert Arms is set to open its doors in early February 2016 after two years of planning in a joint venture between Lord Stafford and Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars Ltd, the company owned by Mclaughlin and Bird. Restoration works started at this famous pub back in late October 2015 and already the charm of this 19th Century pub is being revealed.

The Fitzherbert Arms will boast some of Staffordshire’s most notable ales from micro-brewers as well as an eclectic wine list and a range of locally sourced, freshly prepared English dishes.

The ‘Fitz’ will include everything you would expect from a lovely quintessential country pub from log fires to a cosy snug and a private dining room to a characterful outside summer terrace.

Mary said

“We are very excited to be working with Lord Stafford on this project and look forward to opening the doors to this iconic pub. We have restored the Fitz ensuring its heritage is brought to the fore and that it remains in keeping with the village of Swynnerton and its history, we are very proud to open a pub in the County of Staffordshire”

The pub is also looking for staff to join their hardworking team. Interested members are advised to email for more details.

Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin operate seven Country Pubs, five in Cheshire, one in Dorset and now one in Staffordshire and have won numerous awards for restoring pubs of great heritage and character. Their estate includes the award winning and lovingly restored Cholmondeley Arms on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate, The Church Inn and Bull’s Head in Mobberley and The Red Lion in Weymouth. Their Roebuck Inn will open in early April also in Mobberley.

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