Latest update January 2016
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.
The Kenwood Guest house is generally very well rated on Tripadvisor and within easy walking distance of the main railway station and the Stoke campus of the University.
I am not much of a fan for chain hotels, but if you like that kind of thing…
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.
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
Thalii Indian food which is good, Planet Bollywood also does nice indian food
in Newcastle under Lyme
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
Excellent places to have a drink near Bellini’s are The Bridge Street Ale House and the Lymestone Vaults which is in the same street as Bellini’s.
The Med Bar – 28 Cobridge Road, Hanley, Stoke On Trent ST1 5JQ Tel 01782 269955 Mob 07779641716. Please note they do not accept credit or debit cards – I am a big fan of the pizzas, but it is all good here. Very good and reasonably priced Italian wine menu. This is within walking distance of the Moat House Hotel and the Premier Inn at the city centre mentioned above.
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
Enjoy Staffordshire has plenty of information for visitors and we are also only 10 miles from the Peak District National Park. Another good guide to places to stay and eat is Simply Staffordshire.
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 JANUARY 2016