Stoke-on-Trent is home to high street stores, multi-screen cinemas and chain restaurants; but it’s also brimming with quirky independent shops and cafes, and unique ways to keep yourself entertained. As Stoke-on-Trent bids to be ‘City of Culture 2021’ check out our guide of where to go in the city to experience the alternative, and cultural offering – all within a bus ride away from campus.
The Glost House, Longton
Tucked away on a backdrop of old buildings that line Longton’s King Street, is The Glost House. The independent cafe bar sits within a renovated area that clings to Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery heritage. The salt and pepper kilns stand tall on the tables. The comfortable booths are lit by warm industrial hanging lamps.
The scene is set. Let’s order.
A cup of tea with a slice of cake, or a traditional North Staffordshire Oatcake. Even the trendy ‘anything with avocado’. The menu at The Glost House is just as pleasing as the decor.
The best bit is you can indulge from 8am Monday – Saturday, with longer opening hours on a Friday.
Klay Pizzeria & Bar, Hanley
‘Wood fired pizza, by the slice or by the circle. We got you.’ – Klay Pizzeria & Bar. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Who doesn’t love a pizza? Especially when you can build your own. Choose your toppings and how spicy you like it (super super spicy), then wash it down with ‘Brooklyn Brewery’ bottled beer. All whilst gazing through the windows onto Hanley’s Cultural Quarter.
If you love it enough, you can even join their Slice Klub for £25.
Poetry Takeaway Live, Appetite Stoke
The Plaines Plough’s Roundabout auditorium (also known as the Spaceship), landed in Stoke-on-Trent. Among a line-up of exciting theatre performances was The Poetry Takeaway Live.
Four poets took to the stage to read their rhymes, and the audience also got a chance to partake. Poets given contributed topics and challenged to cook up a poem in 15 minutes to later perform.
This ‘pay what you decide’ event blew the audience away. Yet another successful event from Appetite Stoke.
Organisers, Appetite Stoke should be bookmarked if you like to spend your weekends and evenings being entertained in a unique and diverse way. Heighten your cultural senses with their events – www.appetitestoke.co.uk/
New to Hanley’s Cultural Quarter, this slice of delight serves everything from coffee to prosecco – accompanied by live entertainment. Opposite the Regent Theatre it’s in the perfect spot to stop by for pre-show dinner or after-show drinks.
RAWR Juice and Superfood Bar
After its success in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Cultural Quarter in Hanley is also now home to another buzzing addition, that’s sure to give you a boost. Serving healthy food and super smoothies you’ll leave RAWR brimming with nutrients. Vegan options available.
A taste of Japan, in Stoke. Miso Japanese Restaurant is small and refined, with a selection of dishes to tease your palate. From sushi to katsu, green tea to Asahi – there’s something new to try at Miso. There’s offers throughout the week too.
Emma Bridgewater’s Decorating Studio
If you’re in need of a relaxing afternoon, head to Emma Bridgewater and get creative in the decorating studio. Long tables set amongst unglazed pottery are ready to meet sponges and paintbrushes at your leisure. There’s a £2.50 studio fee, and then you pay for what you paint – two weeks later your wares will be ready to take home. You’ll also get a taste of Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage as it’s set in the factory building.
The Oatcake Boat
The Oatcake Boat is a popular canal-side attraction, to give you a true taste of Staffordshire. Selling a selection of oatcake fillings on the weekend, whether you’re on the way to the match or looking for somewhere different to have breakfast.
Newcastle-under-Lyme now has its very own escape room, after their popularity sprung throughout the UK. Each room has varying degrees of difficulty to put yourself and your team to the test. You can recruit up to 6 team members to help you crack the codes to escape within the 60-minute time limit. Challenging, but very fun.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
The LOL Comedy Club comes to the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent regularly four top comedians and MC Damion Larkin to give you a side-splitting evening. Tickets are £15.65 and should be booked in advance as it’s usually a full house. If you love comedy, you’ll love the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club.
Charms and Chains
Charms and Chains is a treasure trove of unique and handmade gifts. Roxanne, Staffordshire University graduate, sells jewellery, fashion and homeware at the store inside 32 Town Road in Hanley. Located just opposite the side entrance to intuPotteries, you can stop by on your shopping spree.
Independent craft beers sit in formation on wooden shelves at BottleCraft, located across the road from The Exchange in Hanley. Whether you’re buying for a gift or for yourself, you can enjoy their selection at home or in the on-site tasting room.
Carmen’s Caribbean Cuisine
Tucked away on London Road in Stoke town there’s a menu packed with the taste of the Caribbean. There’s rave reviews for the jerk chicken, or try Carmen’s specials. You can pop in to pick up your food from 5pm-9pm, or order for delivery.