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Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

Solihull
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Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

Spent the day at Splash Landings with friends who are having 2 nights away in Alton Towers Hotel (and our collective offspring; all aged between 8 and 11).

Splash Landings was much as described elsewhere. Crowded with long queues, but fun for the kids and almost worth waiting to first get your inner tube (single or figure of 8-shaped double for 2 people) and then line up again to take your place on the "roller coaster". However, late lunchtime and definitely time for a break, and our friends were up for leaving the overpriced ersatz fare of Alton Towers behind for a couple of hours.

Not a huge amount of information locally on places to eat near Alton Towers, so we set out to find our own.

We turned right out of the exit (away from Alton) in a random search for pub grub type stuff. 3 ish miles down the road and slightly to the left of a T Junction is Ye Olde Star Inn in Cotton. Pretty unprepossessing from the outside, but with a blackboard proclaiming that they serve food till 4pm (or was it 4.30?

Warm welcome, including for the children. Good menu plus an excellent kids menu, and a blackboard with specials of the day. 3 of the kids had kids meals - 2 homemade burgers with chips and salad, 1 sausages (proper butchers ones) with chips rather than the menu's mash and gravy. 2 adult fish and chips were good but could have done with an extra minute in the hot oil, but the chilli burger, regular burger and kangaroo fillet (!) were all excellent. All came with home made chips (and the food is clearly both home made and locally sourced where possible). The bread, olives and homemade hummus starter was excellent. Prices ranged from, I think, £4.95 for the kids' meals, £8.95 or so each for the adults and £15 for the unlucky but tasty marsupial.

All in all 8 of us ate well, and comfortably (while watching live football, as it happens, but there are quieter corners too, and it wasn't obtrusive), and had 1 and a half rounds of drinks (Pilsner Urquel, good choice of soft beverages, including kids sizes and prices) for a shade under £100. £12.50 each - which isn't cheap, but compared to what's on offer up the road is a complete bargain.

We then returned for the second bash at the waterpark. We're home now, our (adult) friends are counting the hours until they can go back home. The kids probably still have tomorrow morning's chlorine wash to look forward to. It's worth saying that I'm still full, too, and won't need to eat again today. HIghly recommend a visit if you're Staying at AT and want to vary the food intake a bit.

Stafford, United...
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1. Re: Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

Thanks for posting this for other visitors to Alton Towers.

I will keep on bumping it up, as the Theme park season is back with us again,and always useful to find good recommended eating/drinking places (especially where kids are welcome!).

Edited: 7:12 pm, March 05, 2011
Stafford, United...
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for Staffordshire
posts: 2,965
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2. Re: Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

Just to add....

The Old Star Inn , Cotton has also got a few mentions as being a good pub by reviewers of Chained Oak farm, Splash Landings & Alton Towers Hotels as well.

uk
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3. Re: Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

we visited this pub every night for food during our alton towers stay in August 2012, excellent food & cheaper than the £20 a head splash landings buffet. Recommended....

Middlesbrough...
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4. Re: Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

visited alton towers last week found a very nice pub near bye called the ye old star inn in a area called cotton beer and food very good in deed nice place would i go back yes served by the manager adele very nice and polite person think she was a geordie get your self there and tuck in

Norwich
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5. Re: Good Food Pub near Alton Towers

We're going to an Ice Age weekend this weekend at AT inc. tix to Splash Landings, I received an email stating Splash Landings are doing a kids (under 12s) eat free between 8.30pm and 10pm - seems rather late to me, so they must be confident their restaurant will be busy as that is just a token offer! We're looking at alternatives in the area, so will give this a try! :)

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