Latest update March 2018
This blog is mainly aimed at visitors who are staying the night and looking for places to eat and drink. As a University we receive visitors from all over the world. These visitors want a convenient place to stay with a selection of places to reach by foot in the evening for food and drinks if possible.
Spring 2018 is seeing the phased opening of the PotBank – this includes an aparthotel, and a cafe. Some of the rooms are available for booking through booking.com and it is only a 5 minute walk from the train station and the University. No reviews yet because it is so new.
Verdon Guest House is popular if you fancy a guest house
The Premier Inn in the City Centre has good reviews
The Premier Inn at Trentham Gardens has been getting very good reviews and lots of people like the shopping village and gardens that are on the site. It is also very easy to get to from the motorway. David’s Brasserie on the Trentham site is very good for food.
The Best Western Stoke on Trent Moat House is centrally located and incorporates some of Josiah Wedgwoods original house and is another popular choice. There is an excellent pub a short walk away called The Holy Inadequate
The Westfields is rated excellent by the vast majority of reviewers on Tripadvisor. It is a few miles outside the Potteries in a more rural setting.
In Newcastle under Lyme,
The Clayhanger Guest House has very good reviews
and the Travelodge New castle under Lyme Central Hotel this is chain but it has a good price and standard.
If none of these appeal then you are strongly recommended to check Tripadvisor before booking.
Food and drink
Near the University in Stoke town centre
in Newcastle under Lyme
For breakfast and brunch Berts is excellent it is also open in the evenings and has a big stock of foreign beers.
The Blue Chilli Restaurant, 9 Berkeley Court, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 1TT
Tel: 01782 715 885 great food, try the Thai Massaman curry.
The Jalsa – 19-21 George Street, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 1JX, Tel 01782 611551 for good Indian food – try the Nowabi Chicken, Baza Lamb or the shashlik dishes.
If you would like a drink after visiting either of the restaurants mentioned above then I would recommend The Greyhound which is owned by the local Titanic Brewery. This is a 2-3 min walk from any of the restaurants, just head straight up the road towards Hanley.
Bellini’s café 2 Pepper St, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1PR. This is at the other end of Newcastle under Lyme. It is an Italian and has the best food in the conurbation from the places I have eaten. It is a little more expensive than the others but it is excellent. They do not have a drinks licence so bring your own (free corkage). Tel 01782 943541
Ten Green Bottles is also very popular for gin and has a small outside area for summer.
General visitor information for the area including ceramic and factory tours can all be found on the Visit Stoke website
Trentham Gardens and Estate is very popular whether you want to eat, shop or walk around the gardens.
in the wider area
Sid’s Taxis they always use the meter. If you book by mobile phone you will get a text with make and colour of car, car registration and name of driver.
+44 1782 565200
I will update this with other parts of the city when I have time.
UPDATED August 2017