The Ballroom Restaurant
“A real showpiece in 50 rural acres” - AA Inspector
HOAR CROSS, STAFFORDSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
The Ballroom, as its name suggests, is a restaurant befitting of its grand home within Hoar Cross Hall, a stately home dating to 1871. Nestled in the countryside you will find chandeliers, William Morris wallpaper and views across the formal gardens, accompanied by a seasonal menu of local and Hall grown produce.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 3
- Wines over £30: 30
- Wines by the glass: 18
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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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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