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The Shire Horse, Stafford - pub details

Address: Hurricane Close, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 1GZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 41593) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Stafford (2.2 miles), Norton Bridge (3.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 8.2/10 (rated by 4 users)
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user reviews of the Shire Horse, Stafford

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I used to go to this place pretty regularly, so Im submitting a review even though Ive not been for a few weeks (end of July). I would have reviewed it before, but couldnt find it on BITE its idea of alphabetical listing has always confused me !!

Anyway, this is a pub that I really like despite it being the embodiment of everything I despite ! For a start it is completely fake it looks olde worlde but is only about 5 years old, along with the rest of the industrial / retail park it is based on. Also, it is a chain pub part of the Chef and Brewer chain. Since this was the first one of the chain Id been to, I was really impressed. Every subsequent one I visit turns out to be almost exactly the same

What I like most about the place is the variety of drinking environments it offers. For a start there are tow entrances one from the car park (used most often), and one from the main road. Each entrance has some tables and benches outside, but even these differ from each other. Inside, you can choose from high stools, comfy sofas, and all manner of different sized chairs and tables, clustered together or tucked away into corners. And there are all manner of objects lying arounjd, fitting into the scenery. I particularly liked the welsh dresser that is used to prepare teas / coffees.

It is mainly a food-based establishment, but by no means exclusively so. In the many times Ive eaten there, Ive never had anything that was less than delicious. I can particularly recommend the prawn cocktail and the pea and ham soup. Main courses can be a bit pricy, but they do lunchtime specials, and lite bites. [ There is a curry evening on Thursdays which sounds a real bargain, but Ive never been ] AS well as the main menu, there is a list of specials.

There are three beers on tap, which are reasonable quality. They do change, but often feature at least one beer from either Titanic or Davenports.

Finally a couple of points to note
1. if someone orders a starter, there rest of the party will have to wait until starter is finished before their main course is prepared.
2. there is a charge of 1 for the car park, but this can be redeemed at the bar
3. mobile phone reception inside is poor try and sit next to the windows !

8/10 a good pub all around

Martinsh - 14 Oct 2010 23:22
Just re-opened after a refit. Situated on a corner plot between two (yes 2) Premier Inns just off the M6.

Well thought out refurb, good and very reasonable menu - Chicago Chicken was excellent. 3 cask ales on including Adnams. Very pleasant staff.

Big beer garden outside, and seems to have everything going for it, although I guess this place will get busy with the Premier Inn residents - there was a good 40+ in there on a Tuesday night.

Will definitely be back. Recommended.


lobster56 - 28 May 2010 01:24

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