A British country pub overflowing with every bit of nostalgic charm that image conjures up, The Tavern on College Road in Denstone is something you couldn’t recreate. Cosy, welcoming and friendly, it’s ideal for warming up at the bar with a pint or settling in for a hearty pub meal. This is no ordinary British pub meal, though, with a strong dedication to fresh produce and local Staffordshire suppliers resulting in genuine quality, a difference from other pubs that you don’t really have to be told – you can taste it at The Tavern, Denstone’s local.
Found just down College Road from the post office, with Denstone All Saints Church within view and gorgeous open countryside around, The Tavern is the dreamy British pub people think are a thing of the past. However, despite its charming, ivy-clad exterior and historic stone walls, you realise as soon as you peruse hands-down Denstone’s best menu that there is nothing outdated about The Tavern. Championing fresh British produce and supporting Staffordshire producers, The Tavern is right at the cutting-edge of contemporary cuisine, with some superb grub to go alongside real ales, fine wines and other offerings from the bar.
Sitting in The Tavern’s sunny beer garden or chic, contemporary conservatory, you might catch sight of Denstone delivery men arriving to College Road – the local butcher provides meat, vegetables arrive fresh every day, and the finest fresh fish is all you’ll find on The Tavern’s plates. British classics are well represented, including a hearty cottage pie with seasonal Staffordshire vegetables, beer-battered cod with real chips and mushy peas, or The Tavern’s mouthwatering slow-cooked lamb shank with mash and mint jus. There’s also a huge grill menu, daily changing vegetarian special and plenty of small plates to share at the bar, from crispy whitebait to chicken liver parfait.
Can't fault the Sunday carver, food and service excellent. Seating was comfortable. We took some special friends, and they enjoyed our 'new local' pub, hope to come again soon.
Lovely meal! Glad to be able to enjoy Darren’s food nearer to home again. Had the hake and the steak pie, no room for pudding!
Beautiful Sunday carvery on Mothering Sunday and again yesterday, looking forward to coming again!