The three Stoke-on-Trent pubs included in the Good Pub Guide 2022

Stoke-on-Trent boasts some excellent pubs offering a brilliant range of ales for the discerning drinker. Many offer tasty food – and some entertainment like open-mic nights and quizzes.

But three have been singled out for praise in The Good Pub Guide 2022. The guide includes a list of the watering holes judges consider the best in the country.

The Stoke-on-Trent pubs mentioned in the guide feature in its “worth a visit” list. Seven others across Staffordshire are “recommended” by the guide’s bosses. See the full list below:

READ MORE: The 10 best pubs in North Staffordshire

The Bull’s Head



Bulls Head, Burslem.
The Bulls Head, Burslem.

Located in Burslem, the home of famous Stoke-on-Trent brewery Titanic, the Bull’s Head, offers a wide selection of ales from the brewery located not far from its St John’s Square location. It features a horseshoe bar and, in addition to the Titanic beers you’d expect, has a good selection of Belgian beers and ciders.

There is live music, which visitors can enjoy sat next to an open fire, as well as an outdoor area. Fans of Titanic beer would do well to pay this one a visit.

The Good Pub Guide says: “Old-fashioned two-room tap for Titanic with up to ten real ales (including guests) from horseshoe bar, also good selection of Belgian beers, real ciders and wines; well cared-for interior with varnished tables on wood or carpeted floors, coal fire; monthly live folk music, bar billiards and table skittles; drinking area outside (may be barbecue if Port Vale are at home), open all day Fri-Sun, closed till 3pm other days. “

Location: St Johns Square, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 3AJ

The Glebe



The Glebe, in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Glebe, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Located just outside Stoke Civic Center, the Glebe has a richly decorated interior, featuring Minton-tiled floors, as well as wood paneling and mounted deer – one of which wears a red nose around Christmas. The pub offers hot food, as well as an excellent cheese selection and paté from a deli counter serving late into the evening.

Beers are mostly from Joules brewery in Market Drayton, with excellent regulars as well as seasonal guests. There are regular music nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including an open-mic night.

The Good Pub Guide says: “Well restored 19th-c Joules corner pub, their ales, Weston’s cider and good reasonably priced wines from central mahogany counter, William Morris-attributed leaded windows, bare boards and paneling, some civic portraits and big fireplace with coat of arms above, wholesome bar food (not Sun) and all-day deli counter, friendly staff; live music Tues, open mike Thurs; children and dogs welcome, benches in small garden, quite handy for station, closed Mon evening, otherwise open all day. “

Location: 35 Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 1HG

The Holy Inadequate



The Holy Inadequate
The Holy Inadequate.

A real-ale pub boasting its own microbrewery, which supplies several of the lines on the bar. It doesn’t get much fresher than a pint brewed just meters away.

There is also a good selection of bottled beers displayed on a TV screen menu opposite the bar. Substantial snacks, including pork pies with chutney, are on offer, as well as a huge cast-iron stove to keep cozy in winter. Eagle-eyed visitors might recognize an unusual mural of fantasy characters from its old location in the former Full Moon, in Newcastle.

The Good Pub Guide says: “Drinkers’ pub with five well kept ales including Joules Pale and maybe one from on-site microbrewery, good range of British craft kegs, German lagers and lots of bottled beers, snacky food such as pies and scotch eggs, friendly staff; dogs welcome , outdoor covered terrace, open all day Fri-Sun, from 4pm other days. “

Location: 67 Etruria Old Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PE

Staffordshire pubs in the Good Pub Guide 2022’s ‘recommended’ section

  • Duncombe Arms, Ellastone
  • Fitzerbert Arms, Swynnerton
  • Hand & Trumpet, Wrine Hill
  • Oakley, Brewood
  • Queens at Freehay
  • Red Lion, Longden Green
  • The Yew Tree Inn, Cauldon

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