We do like to try out the pubs and restaurants in the local villages, but do rely on guests and friends feedback for up-to-date reports. We only recommend places that we think deserve your custom because of the quality of their menus, we hope you can enjoy them too.
If you don’t want to drive use a local taxi 01538 266343 or 07971 100457
Alternativley you could try hiring a caterer in, which some of our groups have done. Take a look at “Ann’s Catering“ who have been here and provided some good fare. The great thing with this option is they bring and take away all their own cutlery and crockery so no washing up either!
Sue’s home cooking is a lovely local service, these are her words “I prepare traditional, great tasting “home cooked” meals – just as I would cook for my family. All my dishes are individually cooked to order, in my family kitchen, using fresh ingredients, which are locally sourced if possible. No additives or preservatives are used.” Tried and tested by some of our regulars guests and thoroughly approved!
Another outside caterer is the butcher in Leek, Peter Lymer, who does very good meats.
Establishments roughly in order of distance from Foxtwood starting with the closest
The Fox and Goose, Foxt – 01538 266415 stiff but pleasant uphill walk, 3/4 mile (easy on the way home!) Fabulous views in the conservatory or on the patio. Dog friendly in bar. Please ask about current menu and service.
The Marquis of Granby, Ipstones – 01538 266462 stiff uphill walk 1.5 miles (walking not recommended in the dark) Good food and beer, recently refurbished bar and restaurant, Sky Sports on in bar. Monday evening -pie night. Also offer a collection service for clients wishing to dine in their restaurant. (subject to availability) Takeaway fish and chips (no dogs)
Thornbury Hall, Kingsley Holt – 01538 750831 2 miles, Pakistani / Indian Rasoi restaurant in a Georgian manor house. Nice dining rooms, reasonable choice of beers and lagers, good service, reasonably priced. They will do take aways.
Black Lion, Consall Forge – 01782 550294 beautiful level 2.5 miles walk or bike ride along the canal towpath. Approx 40 min walk, to drive it is a 7 mile detour on a rough track. Excellent real ales and ciders, also offers pub grub, with specials nights. Perfect for a summer evening early drink and meal, bracing for a winter’s day hike. We used to have great fun describing this place, but the eccentric, landlady has now gone. This pub is in a most fabulous settings, the beer garden is bordered by the canal, river with weir and the restored, period station of the Churnet Valley steam Railway.
The Queens Arms, Freehay, Near Cheadle ST10 1RF 5 miles – 01538 722383 Restaurant more than pub, nice food, excellent service, good beers.
The Jervis Arms, Onecote 5 miles 01538 304206 – Traditional, unmolested, local old fashioned pub! good pub grub (very reasonable), great beers, nice beer garden – but not may not suit wine bar types!
The Greyhound, Warslow, 01298 687017 9 miles – tastefully refurbished village pub, serving nice food, scenic drive! dog friendly.
The Bridge hotel, Alton, 01538 703 088 5 miles – nice eating in a relaxed atmosphere, good for outside dining. Can get busy due to it’s proximity to Alton Towers but nice. Also does the best pies ever!
The Royal Oak, Alton 01538 702 625 5 miles – good food and beer in a small village pub, needs booking.
I never thought I’d utter these words but The Wheatsheaf, Cheadle 3 miles, 01538 758310 it’s a Wetherspoons and I prefer independents, but actually it’s nice, it’s always open, always doing food, big car park at the rear.
Cafes and farm shops
Hetty’s, Froghall Wharf, across the road! We’re very excited. Now open from 10 – 4 ( for hot food they stop serving at 3).
The Cottage Kitchen, Winkhill, 3 miles 01538 308 505 newly built, good food 8.30 -4.30 every day, dogs outside only but blankets provided for the humans if it’s chilly!
The Ramblers Retreat, Red Road, Alton,ST10 4BU – 01538 702730 Set in a lovely spot at the start/end of good walking area, tea rooms with an excellent selection of good cakes and meals served too, you can sit outside under a gazebo with you dogs too. Open 10-5 and early evening Friday and Saturday.
Denstone Hall Farm Shop, Denstone 10 miles 01889 590050 smart farm shop and restaurant, you will need to book as it is very popular 8.30 – 4.30 every day but Sundays 10 – 4