Stafford Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Stafford

April 7, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Stafford (/ˈstæfərd/) is the county town of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands of England. It lies approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of Wolverhampton, 18 miles (29 km) south of Stoke-on-Trent and 24 miles (39 km) north-west of Birmingham. The population in 2001 was 63,681 and that of the wider borough of Stafford 122,000, the fourth largest in the county after Stoke-on-Trent, Tamworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Things to do in Stafford

1. Orangery Restaurant

Lower Penkridge Road | The Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell, Stafford ST17 0RJ, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1785 712217
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 367 reviews

Orangery Restaurant

Reviewed By Brian L

The outstanding feature of this restaurant is the food and the great staff.
The actual restaurant is a bit tired-looking. This is a great pity because the restaurant itself does not do justice to the wonderful food.
We had to wait an hour between placing our order and the starter arriving. I was getting quite irritated by this time. At this point I had decided that I would NOT be returning. However, the staff were full of apologies and, when the food arrived, my irritation evaporated.... It was well worth the wait.
The main course was one of the finest plates off food I have ever had in my life.
I will definitely be returning!

2. The Bear Grill

7 Greengate Street, Stafford ST16 2HP, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, British, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$102 - HK$141 +44 1785 244020
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 599 reviews

The Bear Grill

With a fantastic range of burgers, hot dogs and veggie & vegan burgers, combined with a great selection of bottle beers, cocktails, hard shakes & freakshakes, The Bear Grill is here for all your gourmet burger needs!

Reviewed By niecey8 - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

We had the burgers classic & fungi bishop with onion rings & coleslaw all lovely. Service was excellent & pub was spotless clean. Would recommend & definitely will return ??

3. The Red Lion at Bradley

Smithy Lane | Bradley, Stafford ST18 9DZ, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards British, Contemporary, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$110 - HK$212 +44 1785 780297
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

The Red Lion at Bradley

Reviewed By peterthegreat2016 - Cannock, United Kingdom

We visited this venue recently for the first time. A bit off the beaten track, but worth the journey. Ample car park. Into the pub to be greeted by pleasant surroundings and equally pleasant bar staff. We had the choice of eating in the bar area or the restaurant. Choosing the latter we were shown through and offered a choice of tables. Comfortably seated, drinks were ordered and menus perused. It is a very good menu, with something for everyone. I was impressed by the number of vegetarian / vegan dishes available.
Food ordered, it was served in reasonable time, and was hot. My whitebait was hot, crispy and very tasty, my main of tandoori duck was equally enjoyable, and the whole meal was rounded off by delicious puddings.
The staff were friendly and professional, knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu, and also the drinks available. They were always close without being overbearing.
Overall an excellent dining experience.

4. Restaurant at the Dog and Doublet Inn

Sandon Road | Sandon Stafford, Stafford ST18 9TH, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$165 - HK$220 +44 1889 508331
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 988 reviews

Restaurant at the Dog and Doublet Inn

At The Dog and Doublet Inn we take pride in our home cooked wholesome food. We use only the freshest and most seasonal produce which is locally sourced wherever possible. Open daily with a regularly changing menu, the inn has kept its traditional charming character yet with a stylish contemporary twist.

Reviewed By gardenofEden667102 - Skegness, United Kingdom

I was taken there as a mothers day treat, and the grounds are beautiful. We were shown a lovely table and staff were a pleasure--could not do enough for you. We had a three course meal--which everything was amazing apart from the onion rings that the batter was rock hard and stringy awful onion everyone left theirs--but that was the only thing that let the meal down. Two of us had the steak, cooked to perfection--starter recommendation was the crispy belly pork---I had the prawns, but wish I had had the pork -- everything we had was very good. The Deserts also---I just had the sorbet --recommend the blackcurrant which was amazing---but all the Deserts we had were too.

5. Soup Kitchen

2 Church Lane, Stafford ST16 2AW, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1785 254775
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 957 reviews

Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen, at the top of Church Lane overlooking St Mary’s Church, has been run by the Sandy family for over thirty years. We pride ourselves on our freshly cooked food and are so flattered that folk keep coming back time and time again to visit us. When the weather is fine our roof top garden is always popular and it’s a great place to relax and let life pass you by. From Monday to Saturday we are open for breakfasts, morning coffees, lunches and afternoon teas. Everything is homemade and our team in the bake house work throughout the day turning out delicious pastries, cakes and other delicacies. We offer table and self-service.

Reviewed By Peter D - Staffordshire, United Kingdom

In our family we have started to have Birthday Breakfast we have been 3 times this year Brilliant Staff Fabulous Breakfast And a little surprise and if your ready bad sweets wow to die forHappy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you all, Happy birthday to you! So pleased you have enjoyed your birthday breakfasts here .... and the sweets! Best wishes, Duncan Sandy - owner.

6. Mela Lounge Stafford

1-2 Water Street, Stafford ST16 2AG, England (Formerly malabar) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1785 227500
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Mela Lounge Stafford

Reviewed By Louise E - Stafford, United Kingdom

We absolutely love this place. The new menu is gorgeous - each dish is totally unique. Goan chicken is delicately flavoured with coconut and my husband had the speciality dish of lamb shatkora which was simply 'melt in the mouth'. Lovely staff and relaxing atmosphere - we're always made welcome. Thank you Abu and happy Christmas.

7. The Hartley Arms

56 Long Street | Wheaton Aston, Stafford ST19 9NF, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1785 840232
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

The Hartley Arms

Reviewed By tonybrush - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Visited again this lunchtime and selected roast of the day from the varied menu, what a gem of a meal, today's roast was Turkey with ample tasty vegetables, piping hot and well presented. The Wainwrights bitter hit the mark as well, many thanks to the splendid staff.

8. The Cellar Restaurant

Weston Road | Weston Hall, Stafford ST18 0BA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$55 - HK$220 +44 1889 271082
Excellent
61%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 453 reviews

The Cellar Restaurant

The Hall incorporates 'The Cellar' - an informal dining venue. The Cellar provides the perfect excuse to visit this beautiful building on a regular basis! It specialises in serving classic English dishes made from locally sourced produce. Expect to see a selection of steaks, home made pies and other favourites on the menu. The Cellar Bar & Lounge also serves tasty sandwiches throughout the day and cocktails, pre-dinner drinks and bar snacks in the evening. By day, The Cellar Bar & Lounge also serves delicious afternoon teas. Enjoy a selection of delicate sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves along with an assortment of home made cakes, all presented on a traditional tiered platter. Alternatively you'll have the option to upgrade to a celebration afternoon tea which includes a flute of champagne.

Reviewed By Innyperson - Stafford, United Kingdom

We returned for the festive menu having had a good experience here in the past.
The food was fine, but I think the 'turkey with all the trimmings' could do with more Turkey and more trimmings!
The meal consisted of a couple of slices of Turkey, two roasted potatoes, a smear of something (mash?), one pig in blanket and a smidgen of stuffing. We had a bowl of vegetables (sprouts, carrots, broccoli) between four of us. One of us ordered off the main menu and the mushroom risotto with chicken was barely more than starter sized.
We had soup to start, with a tiny little roll and a small dessert. The Christmas pudding was good, the cheesecake was good but the apple pie had a crust too hard to cut.
All in all, the meal for four plus drinks (one on soft drinks, two drinking beer, one drinking gin) was around £150. I think we can do way better for the money at other places locally.

9. The Grove Coffee House

9 St. Marys Grove, Stafford ST16 2AT, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +44 1785 252825
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

The Grove Coffee House

Reviewed By Mike L - Walsall, United Kingdom

Sadly, we live to far away to visit on a more regular basis....BUT....we make sure to visit The Grove whenever we visit Stafford.
We have always received a warm welcome, the staff are always friendly and attentive and the food is always excellent.
I visited the Grove today with my wife and daughter and - unlike a number of restaurants/coffee houses we've previously visited - we were able to relax and enjoy the food and to find the standard of service was as good as all our previous visits. many, many thanks.

10. Cafe India

Ivetsey Bank | Watling Street, Stafford ST19 9QT, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +44 1785 841144
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 127 reviews

Cafe India

Reviewed By Deborah W - Wheaton Aston

We always use this restaurant for take outs!! Starters sheek kebab and pan fried cod shared omg amazing and hubby had popadoms, salad, sauces 10 out of 10!!
Main chilli Garlic Chicken , requested no chillies due to having IBS there wasn’t whole chillies a few slices, I can live with the consequences from that, worth it!!
OMG it was like a fire hubby even tried it and was like that’s so spicy and asked for no chillies

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