This family home stands in secluded, pretty gardens close to the town centre. The Georgian house…
The Fitzherbert Arms
“One for port fanciers - and much more”
Reopened in 2016 by owners Tim Bird and Mary Mclaughlin, the interior is richly furnished with artefacts from the village smithy, including tables made from old anvils, blacksmith’s furnace and water troughs, and is warmed by three log fires. Real ales – Shropshire Gold, for example – are sourced within a 35-mile radius; while a house speciality is its collection of over 30 ports, including some fine vintages. Uncomplicated dishes of modern British food embrace pub favourites, seasonal specials, and home-made puddings. Two people may want to share the 'Fitz' seafood trawler board, namely beetroot-cured salmon, smoked mackerel, horseradish paté, salt cod and chorizo fishcake, spiced crab on toast, crispy squid with lime and chilli mayonnaise, and prawn and crayfish cocktail. Seasonal specials include braised shoulder of lamb; and pan-roasted venison haunch Stroganoff, while 'Fitz Favourites' are crispy buttermilk-fried chicken burger; 28-day prime aged 10oz sirloin steak; and smoked fish pie. Desserts, all home made, include coconut rum and raisin rice pudding with toasted almonds, and chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and honeycomb ice cream. On Sundays there's roast sirloin of Rose County beef with all the usual extras. If you own a 'beautiful' car, you can join the Fitzherbert's car club.
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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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