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“Excellent, excellent, excellent! truly welcoming country pub!”
Review of The Tavern

The Tavern
Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Denstone
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 16Th Centuary Village Pub and Restaurant in the very pretty village of Denstone 10mins from Alton Towers , 30 mins from the Peak District . Serving quality , local produce, Real Ales, Fine Wines , Real Wood Fired Pizzas at Weekends .
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“Excellent, excellent, excellent! truly welcoming country pub!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We arrived late afternoon Boxing Day to find the pub very busy with a lovely Christmas atmosphere . A table was found for us quickly. I was unwell and the landlord quickly found me some peppermint tea which was greatly appreciated. The other three members of our party had wonderful meals. My husband said it was the best steak he had had in years. Couldn't fault anything with the staff, food or atmosphere. Very rare to find a pub that ticks all the boxes. Thank you to all at The Tavern, wishing you all successful 2013 we will be back!

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not a village welcome”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

The welcome you recieve in this lovely looking county pub is a big let down. The staff, especially landlords are rude and very uncooperative. If you wish to use the pub for which it was intended...drinking, think again. You WILL be ignored for those spending their money on food! If you're wishing to eat there, you can't have fussy tastebuds, you must like all cheeses and mushrooms and a large bank balance is the largest must. It has been a great pub over the years but lack of customer care lets it down big time in latter years.

  • Visited December 2012
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Rocky B, Owner at The Tavern, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
The Tavern is set in one of the most wonderful villages for miles , it is very much part of the community ,and we "the Landlords and staff " are always supporting village events , we have a very popular Bar area where as you well know has a hustle and bustle of "locals " and customers and indeed friends from surrounding villages and towns , the welcome we give to our customers is always a warm one ( yourself excluded !! I wonder why , I suggest a little time spent adjusting your own rude attitude would certainly be in order . Gratitude indeed for all the FREE darts food you have received in the past years ) a lot of hard work goes in to running a village pub I considered not replying to your review but that is not fair to all the people that do enjoy The Tavern thank you .
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staffordshire
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“charming”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

charming host , and very excellent team . eaten here a number of times . Chef darren nash , allways willing and trying new ideas to consistanly improve dining choice. Will allways provide, time willing, food of your prefeance if not main on menu. quality ingredients and locally sourced meat. allways busy prebooked is essential as its allways disapointing not being able to get in , but they do try there best to sqeeze u in , even if not ones favorite table!!!!! Love the atmosphere and friendly exchange of banter!!! many thanks

Visited December 2012
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Rocky B, Owner at The Tavern, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for your review , it is always a great pleasure for us to welcome a person of your charm and indeed rank in society ! We talked of your patronage and visit for some time,thank you and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future .
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“Good food, good atmosphere, friendly staff”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Having seen some iffy reviews, we had some trepidations but the pub proved very worthy of the good reviews. It's attractive on the inside and nicely decorated. The staff were very pleasant. We arrived 15 minutes before last orders for lunch but, despite having placed our order just after a large table party of about a dozen people, our food arrived within about 15-20 minutes. It was well presented and very tasty.

Recommended. We will definitely go again.

  • Visited December 2012
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Food”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Try The Tavern at Denstone near Alton Towers. Lovely home cooked with without an overpowering menu. The Tavern is a very old coaching inn with a very clean & friendly atmosphere. The food is reasonably priced at lunchtime with prices to the eact £ not "£8.99" for example.

  • Visited December 2012
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