The county town of Staffordshire is packed with great places to eat - here are five to choose from on your next visit to the Borough!

The Fitzherbert Arms

A hidden gem in the village of Swynnerton, The Fitzherbert Arms offers stunning views of the Staffordshire countryside alongside tantalising treats and a five pumps dedicated to local cask ales, including Titanic Brewery's Swynnerton Stout.

There is loads of choice - including a gluten free menu - but visitors rave about the scallops, lamb shanks and sticky toffee pudding, while the cheese board comes highly recommended. 

As you would expect from the winner of the Best Pub for the West Midlands award at this year's Pub & Bar Awards, there is a fantastic drinks selection too, with over 30 ports and 16 wines.

Regular events like port tasting classes and pub walks will have you returning again and again. 

And they are probably the only Staffordshire pub with its own Classic Car Club!

No 26 Restaurant at Aston Marina

The delightful waterside restaurant at Aston Marina has gone from strength to strength since an extensive refurbishment in 2017.

It was renowned for its pretty location, beside the tranquil waters of the Trent & Mersey Canal, overlooking the verdant greenery of the Staffordshire countryside, but the mouth-watering, extensive menus at No 26 now provide another compelling reason for visiting.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing coffee and cake on the decking, watching the swans and narrowboats go by, or something more substantial, you are sure to enjoy excellent food and friendly, prompt service - according to reviews on TripAdvisor.

And as well as the fare offering plenty to savour, using the best locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, there are also a host of events to enjoy throughout the year, including monthly acoustic nights, murder mystery evenings, and even cocktail masterclasses.

Lakeside Restaurant at Moddershall Oaks

The venue with arguably the prettiest views in Stafford Borough, the Lakeside Restaurant at Moddershall Oaks provides delightful delicacies to accompany the perfect panorama.

Well known for the quality of its menu, the Lakeside specialises in contemporary English dishes and excellent service, with a lovely ambience to go with the vistas across the lake.

Open to non-guests as well as those staying at the spa, diners rave about the steak and afternoon teas on Trip Advisor.

There are regular tasting dinners featuring drinks receptions and several courses from the a la carte menu, as well as other events like gourmet burger nights on Tuesdays.

Why not really indulge and combine your meal with an overnight stay in the luxurious spa?

The Sun Inn

The Pub of the Year at the 2017 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards, The Sun Inn is a community pub known for offering a great selection of cask ales and delicious home-cooked dishes.

There are 12 hand pulled ales to choose from, including several from Titanic Brewery and guest ales on regular rotation.

TripAdvisor reviews wax lyrical about the quality food and ale, with weekly food offers keeping prices low and a wide range of light bites and hearty mains. There are plenty of mentions for the friendly, helpful staff too.

There are regular events too like the Sunset Festival on 24th-26th August. Enjoy a pint, choose from the huge spread of gins and rums, and watch a brilliant local band in The Sun Deck, a covered space behind the pub which is perfect for al fresco dining and drinking.

And, as the only town centre eaterie on our list, it's easily accessible, with a number of car parks in the vicinity, and good public transport links - buses stop right outside the door and Stafford train station only a 10 minute walk away.

The Dog & Doublet Inn

A delightful period gastro inn built in 1906, The Dog & Doublet offers traditional hospitality and wholesome food cooked to perfection.

Everything on the extensive menu - which has an excellent choice of vegetarian and vegan options - is cooked to order, using fresh, seasonal produce sourced locally wherever possible.

Visitors are big fans of the steak, the service and the beautiful courtyard - an ideal spot to wash down your meal on a summer's day.

You could also try one of the walks created in conjunction with iFootpath, which start and finish here and take in points of interest and local landmarks, including a picturesque stretch of the Trent & Mersey Canal which runs nearby.

Taste of Staffordshire

All of the eateries on this list are Taste of Staffordshire accredited, meaning they have been independently inspected on the quality of their food, customer service and hygiene. 

They have also demonstrated their commitment to using local produce wherever possible on their menu.

There is a full list of food & drink businesses with the Taste quality marque in the Taste of Staffordshire section of our website.

Why not have a look before your next visit to Staffordshire?


Lakeside Restaurant at Moddershall Oaks
Restaurant - Fine Dining
View to the Lake

Dine in our Award winning restaurant, Lakeside and tantalise your taste buds with fresh locally sourced produce. Our contemporary yet warm restaurant offers a glorious view of the lake and the natural wildlife that it attracts.

The Sun Inn
Public House
The pub bar area

Are you looking for exceptional food, friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Stafford? If so, then The Sun Inn should be your first port of call. Our premium range of refreshments includes 10 real Cask Ales.

The Dog & Doublet Inn
Restaurant - Casual Dining
The Dog & Doublet Inn

Taking you back to traditional inn keeper hospitality, The Dog and Doublet Inn provides a warm and friendly ambience, making it the ideal place to truly indulge, enjoy and relax.

No 26 at Aston Marina
No 26 at Aston Marina

A passion for using the finest quality, local sourced ingredients is showcased in seasonal menus that feature British classics alongside globally-inspired dishes.