With great independent restaurants offering the best local produce and bustling food festivals throughout the year, Lichfield is a great choice for foodies!

Here are five top eateries which could be ideal for a certain romantic celebration that's only just around the corner...

The Boat Inn

Owned by head chef Liam Dillon, The Boat Inn at Muckley Corner, on the outskirts of Lichfield, is undoubtedly one of Staffordshire's finest restaurants - and it has a listing in the 2018 Michelin Guide to prove it!

Liam has brought experience of working under big name chefs in some of the world's most exclusive restaurants back to his home town, and he's determined to deliver the very best in food and drink, using as much locally sourced produce as possible.

And it's paying off with pages of great reviews on TripAdvisor, and recognition from the 2018 Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards, where he was named Best Chef.

The Boat hosts regular foodie events, such as game dinners, wine tastings, and the Sauce Supper Club, which attracts chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants like Adams in Birmingham.

It's well on the way to becoming the first in the county with a Michelin star of its own.

Pom's Kitchen & Deli

If you're looking for a more informal environment, without wanting to compromise on quality, Pom's Kitchen & Deli in the heart of Lichfield would be a great choice.

One of the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards winners from 2017 - they are the reigning Tea Room/Coffee Shop of the Year - this charming eaterie is ideal for flying visits and three-course treats.

James and the team are renowned for varied menus, excellent customer service and mouth-watering specials throughout the year, including bottomless Prosecco evenings, Steak and Date Nights and great value Valentine's and Mother's Day events!

Head chef Mark Hill is also passionate about local produce so if sustainability is your thing, his menus are packed with meats, cheeses, wines and even coffee from just around the corner. 

Darwin's at The George

Nestling a few yards away from Pom's Kitchen & Deli is a modern restaurant which specialises in the highest standards of British cuisine - Darwin's at The George.

Named after Erasmus Darwin, the great 18th Century thinker and grandfather to Charles Darwin, this stylish establishment provides a laidback dining experience founded on quality seasonal, locally sourced produce.

The fixed price menu offers great value every day of the week, with two courses for £16.50 and three for £19, and plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options to choose from.

It's also well-known for first rate service and an extensive gin and wine selection.

Netherstowe House

With one of Staffordshire's best afternoon teas in the finest surroundings, and more relaxed meals in the Cheese and Wine Cellar to choose from, Netherstowe House offers the best of both worlds.

Head for the Grade II listed country house and browse the widest range of afternoon teas in the county - there are five to choose from including the inviting English Country Garden Afternoon Tea and festive themed options in the run-up to Christmas.

Or hide away in a cosy candlelit corner in the Cellar, inspired by a 19th Century French wine bar, and take your pick from a tantalising menu of light bites or join the Netherstowe House Pie Club, before perusing the exquisite wine list.

Chapters - The Cafe in the Close

Whether you fancy a light bite or something more filling, there are few choices to rival Chapters in Lichfield.

Just yards from the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral, one of the most iconic and stunning backdrops in the county, Chapter's offers an extensive menu with everything from Staffordshire oatcakes to delicious homemade dishes and desserts.

Relax in the peaceful 13th Century walled tea garden as you indulge in a locally sourced, freshly prepared scone, or explore the selection of tantalising cakes, and wash it down with a Staffordshire ale or comforting cappuccino.

It's the ideal finish to a tour of Lichfield Cathedral!

Taste of Staffordshire

The five eateries in this blog have all gained the Taste of Staffordshire accreditation, after passing an independent inspection from our mystery shoppers.

Look out for the logo on your next visit - it's your guarantee of the highest standards in customer service, food hygiene, and above all, great food.

There's a full listing of Taste of Staffordshire accredited businesses in our Taste of Staffordshire section.

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Pom's Kitchen and Deli
Cafe-Bar
Poms Kitchen - a place for friends

2017 Winner Tea Room & Coffee Shop of the Year. We're Pom's Kitchen and Deli based in Lichfield. We aim to give you a truly amazing experience from the moment you walk through our doors.

Tea Room at Netherstowe House
Tea Room
Afternoon Tea is being served

Netherstowe House offers a wide range of Staffordshire afternoon teas and have lovingly-designed the menu to ensure there's a tea for every taste.

Chapters - The Cafe in the Close
Cafe
Treat yourself to a homemade scone

Chapters is a family friendly cafe where visitors can enjoy locally sourced and freshly prepared dishes overlooking the medieval Cathedral with three spires.

Darwin's Restaurant at the George Hotel
Restaurant - Fine Dining
Enjoy a baked beetroot and creamed goats’ cheese starter

Combining great food and service with stylish decor, Darwin’s is the perfect setting for every occasion – from friendly gatherings and family celebrations to romantic, candle-lit get-togethers.

The Boat Inn
Restaurant - Fine Dining
Tasty Crab

We have been very fortunate to be able to refurbish the pub so our guests can relax in comfort and one goal for the restaurant is to provide the highest quality, locally sourced produce cooked with great care and presented in an innovative style to please the eye and satisfy the pallet.