The Queens at Freehay
“Family-run pub tucked away in a quiet village” - AA Inspector
Surrounded by mature trees and well-tended gardens, this 18th-century, family-run pub and restaurant has a refreshing, modern interior and it's just four miles from Alton Towers. Marston's Pedigree is one of the beers on offer. With a good reputation for food, its main menu is supplemented by daily chef's specials on the fresh fish and meat boards. Expect chicken liver, port and orange pâté; or mushroom, black pudding and cheddar melt, followed by Moroccan harissa chicken; or perhaps slow-roasted lamb shank. There are light bite options such as scampi and chips; and sausage, egg and chips.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 2
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About The area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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