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Eating and Drinking in Penkridge - 22 to choose from

In this section is a list of ALL the establishments (I believe) in our community where you can get a meal - whether it be a high quality hotel or restaurant, a cafe or one of the local fish and chip shops or take-aways.

AND, of course, the ten hostelries where you can get a drink and eat and....... Now, can I name them all? There's the Railway (sorry, now closed and is a Dentist), Littleton Arms, the White Hart, Horse and Jockey, George and Fox (also closed, now a Sainsburys Local), the Star, the Boat, the Cross Keys, the Swan at Whiston and the Spread Eagle at Gailey.  Now only 8!   Have I been in them all?  Answer - yes, over the years! But I need uptodate information on most of them - can someone ask the landlord to please.

Plus local caterers who will bake you a cake or provide full catering facilities for your wedding, party, etc.

If I have missed any, please let me know.   I will need the full name, address, telephone number, exactly what class of meals (and drinks) they provide, price range, hours of opening and any other special information.  If they have a web site, I will also put a link to it. 
Details please to the webmaster.   AND ITS ALL FREE!

Hatherton Country House Hotel, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge, ST19 5PQ.   (Tel:+01785 712459) The only large Hotel in our Parish with full facilities.




Served in Comfortable Surroundings with Traditional Indian Hospitality
Open Every Evening
Perfect for Special Occasions and Celebrations
Tel:  01785 712955
William Harding's House, Mill Street, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5AY


The Bridge House Hotel -
Stone Cross, Penkridge, ST19 5AS.  Celebrate in our new Restaurant. Pick up a  Menu now or Telephone: 01785 714426

Finest Cantonese & Oriental Cuisine to Take Away
Home Delivery Service Available
Opening Hours:-
Mon Wed Thu Sun - 5.00pm-11.00pm
Fri Sat - 5.00pm-11.30pm
Tue - Closed
Bank Holidays Open As Usual
Tel: 01785 711163
All Major Credit Cards Accepted



The Cottage Tea Rooms - Market Street, Penkridge, ST19 5DH.   For good food at reasonable prices, where a warm welcome awaits you.  Come along and join us for morning coffee, lunch - whether it be a leisure lunch or a business lunch (tables can be pre-booked if required), and afternoon tea.  We have a good selection of home-made cakes, scones and toasted snacks.   Open Monday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm.  Tel: 01785 716091

Pillaton Tea Room -
within the Pillaton Garden Centre
on the Cannock Road, only a few hundred yards over the M6 past Wolgarston School, on the left just before Penkridge Cricket Club.
Please come along and meet him
Tel: 01785 713873    Email
Wing Fat Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway, Clay Street, Penkridge - Tel: 714563
Kaffeine - Restaurant and Cafe in the heart of Penkridge - Market Street, Penkridge - Tel: 714808
Dickens of a Tea Shoppe, 2 Crown Bridge, Penkridge - Tel: 079912 341703 and 07951 542168  Email 

New Garden - Cantonese & English Hot Food to Takeaway -
Market Street, Penkridge. Tel:

Oysters Fish Bar - Takeaway, Boscomoor Shopping Centre
Olympic Fish Bar, Clay Cross, Penkridge

And the pubs:  (someone send me more information PLEASE!).

Name/Free House/Brewery/address

Main beers/food/entertainment

Opening hours/other information

The Boat -
Cannock Road, Penkridge

Ideally located for the passing trade of boatmen on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal (1767-1772) and the traffic coming off the turnpike road from Cannock at the Town End Gates the Boat evolved into a "local" pub par excellence. It was the gathering point for local men on their way to work at Littleton Colliery. It was probably the first "soccer"  pub in Penkridge, providing the changing rooms for Penkridge Utd. Before World War I it was a place of entertainment with concerts, conjurors and comedians and a place of self-help with its Sick and Dividend Fund.

Our beer range is Carling, Carlsberg, Stella, Tetley, Calders, Guinness (cold and normal), Blackthorn, Mild

Traditional ales - Ansells, Bass, Green King Abbot Ale

We are a Bargains House with Carling 1.70 a pint, Tetley 1.50, Double Vodka, Bacardi, Teachers, Beefeater only 1.65. Bottle of House Wine 4.99

Friendly atmosphere
Sit outside and watch the Narrowboats go by.  Well behaved dogs and owners welcome

Open: 11-11 Monday to Saturday.  12-10.30 Sunday
Food served 11-9 Monday to Saturday.  12-7.30 Sunday
Main Courses from 3.95.  Home made specials available

Quiz night every Tuesday Night

Cannock Rd
Penkridge, ST19 5DT

01785 714178

The Cross Keys

Filance Lane, Penkridge

Set originally in open farm land in Filands field where Deadman's Lane crossed the Staffs and Worcester Canal, the Cross Keys became a village pub as the houses advanced and surrounded it in the 1960s. Within living memory regulars had to cross ploughed fields and climb a stile to get their drink.

Filance Lane
Penkridge, ST19 5HJ

01785 712826

The Horse and Jockey

Market Street, Penkridge, ST19 5DH
Tel: 01785 716299


The inn goes back to at least 1754. Its name has been linked to the Penkridge Races even though they were organized from the Littleton Arms. As it is the closest inn to the Horsefair, site of "the greatest horsefair in the world for horses of value" (Daniel Defoe, 1724) and would have served the men who looked after them (known as jockeys in the 18th century) an alternative explanation might be more likely. In the early 20th century it became known as the "Irish Pub" as it was the preferred inn for Irish seasonal farm workers.

Occupiers are:  Simon Hutchinson & Marie Lawley

Kegs:  Carling, Stella Artois, Cobra, Coors, Guinness, John Smiths, Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, Weston Old Rosie.

Bottles:  Grolsch, Corona, Desperado, Buidweiser, Kopparberg, WKD

Ale:  Butty Bach and guest ales

Soft:  Coke, Diet Coke, Red Bull, lemonade, orange juice, soda water, cordial

We show Sky Sports and we have themed disco nights every Friday and live music on the first Saturday of each month.

Friendly, welcoming and homely atmosphere.
Free Wi-Fi, Beer Garden, Child and Dog Friendly

Market Street, Penkridge, ST19 5DH
Tel: 01785 716299

Opening hours:  Monday 3 'til close
Tuesday to Sunday:  12 'til close

The Littleton Arms
St. Michael's Square, Penkridge

Situated on the corner of St. Michael's Square, the inn rests on walls 2 feet 6 inches wide, showing it was built on the cellars of the medieval Collegium guest house. Built in the early 1790s by Sir Edward Littleton as a replacement for the King's Arms, its first sign went up in 1794. Built of bricks of Penkridge clay and of Teddesley oak by local craftsmen it became the centre of village life, hosting great balls, auctions, estate rent days and the magistrates' court.

Click on this link for Photo of the Littleton Arms

Accommodation now available

St. Michael's Square, Penkridge

Tel: 01785 716351


The Spread Eagle
Gailey Island, Gailey, near Penkridge

Watling Street
Gailey, Near Penkridge, ST19 5PN

01902 790212

The Swan Inn & Restaurant
Whiston, near Penkridge

A Traditional Country Freehouse ca 1593

Extensive menu with daily specials
Quality Cask ales a speciality
NO SMOKING Restaurant
Large secure outdoor play area
Bar Service for Events

Open: Mon 6-11pm
Tues to Saturday 12noon-3pm & 6-11pm
Sunday 12 to 10.30pm
Monday Lunch Closed

Penkridge, ST19 5QH

Tel: 01785 716200

The Star -
St. Michael's Square, Penkridge

In 1827 Edward Littleton gave his tenant, William Southern, permission to turn his house into an inn (conversion costs �15). The Star traded as public house until the 20th century when it became, first, the Penkridge Co-Op and then a private residence. It was restored to the licence trade in second half of the 20th century.


Market Place
Penkridge, ST19 5DJ

01785 712513

The White Hart
Stone Cross, Penkridge

Built in 1565 by the Earl of Warwick, the golden chained white hart sign (badge of Richard II) suggests an earlier medieval existence. Legend has it that both Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots visited the inn. Although playing host to only one stage coach it had stabling for 40 horses which suggests a high quality inn serving a well-to-do clientele in the early 19th century. The frontage was completely rebuilt in 1891 along its original Tudor lines.

The White Hart
Stone Cross, Penkridge ST19 5AS

01785 712242


Vaughan Arms, Lapley

This historic pub in the centre of the peaceful village of Lapley is actually in the Parish of Lapley, Wheaton Aston & Stretton.  However, it did use to be in the parish of Penkridge, hence my reason for including it.





Celebration Cakes - Sheila's home made Celebration Cakes made to order.  25 years experience of making fruit cakes and sponges.  With Sheila's help, a one-off cake can be made to your own taste and specification.  Price lists on request by telephoning: 01785 716628 or 780760 or Email
Pear Tree Farm Caterers - Speciality Catering for all Occasions
Buffets, Weddings, Parties, Childrens' Parties, Dinner Parties, Business Functions.
Pamela Griffiths, Pear Tree Farm, Bickford, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5QJ
Tel/Fax: 01785 712534

The Complete Dinner Services
2 Little Marsh Grove, Penkridge, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST19 5SF
Tel: 01785 716939








































The Railway Inn - known locally as the Tavern
Wolverhampton Road, Penkridge

Of Tudor wattle and daub construction the Tavern has the distinction of being the most recent pub in the oldest building being used for the drinks trade in Penkridge. It opened for the business of the hundreds of Irish navvies who built the Grand Junction Railway in about 1835. The strong hostility between local men and the navvies led to constant fighting which resulted in the navvies being banned from all the other pubs in the district. It became the local for farm workers from the southern side of the village and got much of its trade from its farmers auctions called the Railway Smithfield.

The Railway Inn's main objectives are that the beer is to a good standard, that our food menu offers excellent value for money and that our customers are happy with the atmosphere.   We host numerous teams - football, men's darts, women's darts, 2 pool teams, 3 bowls teams, Penkridge tennis club, 2 domino's teams and we are a base for a fishing club.  


Sadly Closed as a Pub several years ago
and for a while was an Indian Restaurant.
Now acquired by Sainsbury's and run as a Local Supermarket (2014)

Clay St
Penkridge, ST19 5AF

01785 712685

Food - 12pm to 2pm, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Open all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday