Whether you’re in the mood for a pint or a plate of delicious pub food, Stoke offers a fine range of both traditional and contemporary pubs. Some of the best establishments in town include:
The Birches Head
Situated on Birches Head Road, the Birches Head pub was refurbished in 2013 and won the CAMRA Pub of the Month award in September 2014.
The large pub has a bowling green on one side, and features a separate public bar that offers a pool table.
The Birches Head serves one changing beer and two regular beers: Sharp’s Doom Bar and Draught Bass.
The family-friendly pub allows children into the establishment until 9PM, and patrons can enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays. A collection of pub games is available, and there’s also a separate restaurant area.
The Masons Arms
Travelers will find The Masons Arms on Far Green Dike Street, where a Victorian-era building has been converted into a two-room pub.
Along with a range of real ales, the pub serves food all throughout the day. LocAle accredited, the pub serves guest beers from local and micro-breweries.
The Masons Arms also serves as the tap house for the RAN Ales brewery. The pub serves three regular beers and two changing beers.
Lunchtime and evening meals are served daily, and the pub’s changing beers typically include RAN Ales’s seasonal offerings.
The Royal Oak on High Street is a traditional English pub situated in the Staffordshire countryside. The family-owned pub and restaurant serves homemade food and a great selection of ale at affordable prices.
In the cold winter days, the fireplace keeps patrons warm and cosy. Offering stunning views of the countryside, the pub is a popular stop-in for walkers and cyclists in the area.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the pub with permission from the staff, and of course, the bar serves a great selection of ale. In fact, the Royal Oak won the CAMRA Pub of the Month award.
Guests can enjoy a wide range of pub games, including darts and bridge.
Whether you’re in the mood for food or drink (or both), the Royal Oak won’t disappoint.
The Duke of York
Located on Longton Road, the Duke of York is a traditional English pub that offers a warm atmosphere and takes visitors for a trip down memory lane. Old photos of the area are hung on the wall.
A small bar area can be found in the front of the pub, while a larger lounge area can be found in the back. The Duke of York also offers a small car park in the rear of the building.
A food menu is also available, and the pub is known for its delicious steaks.
Real ale is served. Guests can choose between three changing beers and two regular beers: Greene King IPA and Draught Bass.
The Duke of York hosts quiz nights on Monday and offers a range of traditional pub games, including dominoes and crib. Live music can also be enjoyed on Saturday evenings.
The Black Horse Inn
Open from 12PM to midnight, The Black Horse Inn is a contemporary pub with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.
Meals are served throughout the day to satisfy the appetites of hungry guests. The pub also offers a separate smoking room and a small car park for patrons to enjoy.
This real ale pub serves one changing beer and two regular beers: Timothy Taylor Landlord and Draught Bass.
Traditional pub games are available, and live music can be enjoyed on the weekends. Guests can also watch sport on the TV while sipping their pints.
Black Lake Inn
The Black Lake Inn is a country pub just outside Stoke-on-Trent. The interior of the pub is one large room, but is smartly separated to give a feeling of privacy. A small smoking area is available outdoors next to the car park, which is an added convenience for guests.
The pub serves one changing beer and one regular beer: Greene King Abbot.
Black Lake Inn is a quiet pub with a pub garden, restaurant area and family-friendly atmosphere.
The Swynnerton Arms
The Swynnerton Arms is a small, traditional English pub on the outskirts of town.
The pub features a large dining area with tables and chairs as well as a central bar. A small patio and garden area allows guests to enjoy the outdoors in the summer. A car park is also available for convenient parking.
Three regular beers are served at the Swynnerton Arms: Greene King Abbot, Courage Directors and Wells Bombardier.
Lunch and evening meals are served, and guests can play traditional pub games. The menu includes traditional pub fare, like steak and kidney pie. Grilled dishes are locally sourced, and most dishes are made fresh in-house.