historic pub trail: Stoke-on-Trent

Often overlooked by visitors the county offers a surprising variety of interest from world famous pottery such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, Cannock Chase and the Staffordshire Moorlands - a diverse and unique place.

The Glebe, Stoke

The Glebe is a remarkable pub and in the heart of old Stoke with the city’s magnificent civic buildings, designed by Henry Ward in 1834, wrapping their way around the pub whilst the majestic Stoke Minster looks on. The pub is rather dwarfed by all this grandeur but the effect is to magnify the pub’s quality and its stubbornness to survive.

It is a classic corner pub of its day built at the same time as the civic buildings during William IVs short reign pre Victoria, and we absolutely love it.  It is of course listed with its classic design, some marvellous features; unique leaded glazing by the studio of William Morris, period architrave and its original central rounded mahogany bar counter. 

The White Star, Stoke

Opened in 2008. One of the Flagship Pubs of the Titanic Brewery. An excellent  place to sink a few beers. Titanic Brewery started brewing in 1985 and are based in Burslem. The Pub is situated in the heart of Stoke next door to the old Spode Pottery Works.

Greyhound Inn, Penkhull

The site the Greyhound sits on was originally built as  a Yeoman's House in 1540. It became a Manorial Court House with its own cells in 1558. It was extended in 1704 to what you see today, and has been-at different times- a private house, a butcher’s shop, a slaughterhouse, a hardware shop and oatcake shop….

Artisan Tap, Hartshill

Stylish and Quirky Modern Mirco-pub. Formerly home to the props and sets for the Victoria Hall in Stoke. This establishment has an excellent range for craft beers as well as 3 hand pumps.

The Holy Inadequate, Etruria

3 x Times pub of the year winner in the Stoke on Trent area, has now started producing their own selection of beers.

Bottlecraft, Hanley

Originally a small tasting room on Marsh Street, Bottlecraft's popularity grew quickly and they relocated to Piccadilly, in Hanley's Cultural Quarter. With their huge selection of beers, regularly updated tap board, rotating cask pulls and a quirky industrial look - it's definitely a place to check out. 

The Leopard, Burslem

The Leopard Inn is famous as the place where Josiah Wedgwood and James Brindley met to discuss building the Trent and Mersey Canal in 1765.

The Leopard was purchased in 1872 by James Norris, a local brewer who'd built a bottling plant and small brewery directly opposite next to the meat market and the town hall. Regrettably the brewery and meat market were both demolished in the 1950’s, but thankfully The Leopard still stands. P.S this one is well-known for its ghost tours...

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