Upstairs by Tom Shepherd

“Discover an intimate venue with precision cooking.” - AA Inspector



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Located in the cathedral city of Lichfield, Upstairs by Tom Shepherd is a contemporary restaurant above the jewellery shop owned by the chef-proprietor’s father. A stylish room in various shades of grey is the setting for the seven-course tasting menu or four courses at lunch. The cooking is inspired by the seasons, produce and locality. A beautifully presented starter of Isle of Wight tomatoes, consommé, goats’ cheese and basil could lead on to Woolley Park Farm pork, onion, black garlic and potato. Finish with Colston Bassett blue and pain au apricot or éclair with cherry sorbet and pistachio.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Upstairs by Tom Shepherd


Opening times
  • Closed: Easter, 4–21 September, 25–26 December, 1–17 January
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About the area

Discover Staffordshire

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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