This has always been one of my wife's favourites. It seems to be in the frame every time we plan to meet friends for a meal. Set on a quiet by-passed lane in Mobberley, it has the air more of a wine bar than a pub. The rough wooden tables and tile and timber floors give just the right rustic feel. The painted walls and subdued lighting give a background to the buzz of conversation.
We had booked very late, and could not get a table in the small non-smoking room with its log fire. Instead we had to put up with the smoke from adjoining tables.
I chose the Breast of Chicken filled with Oyster Mushrooms wrapped in Cheshire air-dried ham with a Stilton glaze. I was not disappointed; it was a delight. The chicken was moist and tender and the taste combination of ham and cheese had my tastebuds in heaven.
My wife chose the slow-braised Lamb Shank with Bubble & Squeak in a caramelised Pearl Onion sauce. She is a stern judge of pub meals and this passed the test with flying colours.
A few of the other items on the menu (aside from the Specials Board) just to whet your appetites, included Rump of Lamb, Beer-battered fresh market fish, Duck, Herbed Potato Gnocchi, Pork Fillet, and Goats Cheese with glazed Shallot Tatin.
Some of our readers will be price-conscious, and I can report that prices here are not particularly excessive. Mains were pitched at £9 to £13 and starters or light meals at £5 to £8. I was pleased to note that 10p from every portion of chips (fries) is donated to the Mobberley Out of School Club.
A pub like the Roebuck that has chosen to major on dining could be at risk from a reduction in beer quality or even a loss of cask ale entirely. I am pleased to report that the management recognise the need for quality in all areas and has avoided that pitfall, and the pub fully justifies its place in CAMRA's 2005 Good Beer Guide. The handpumps usually feature three real ales; Tetley Bitter for the beginner, award-winning Tim Taylor's Landlord for the cognoscenti and a changing guest beer for the curious. Recent months have seen Abbot, London Pride, Cumberland Ale and Young's Bitter all gracing the bar.
Within easy reach of Knutsford and Wilmslow, the Roebuck can be found by following the signs from the road through Mobberley. It is set opposite the highly-recommended Bull's Head and has a car park. if this is full, there is some parking in the roadway towards Knutsford; please park considerately. Here is a link to the pub's new Web-site.