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“Keep the Home Fires Burning”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mainwaring Arms

Mainwaring Arms
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $19
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, 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, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Keep the Home Fires Burning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

We visited the Mainwaring Arms for Lunch today, following out ill fated trip to the Cholmondley Arms. As always the cask beer was in good condition with a selection to choose from. They also have handled pint glasses if you prefer them.
They only had fillet steak, I would have ordered a rib-eye, rump, or sirloin if they had it, but had to be content with the gammon but we were both pleased with what we had. Friendly service, the only complaint we have is that the pub was very cold. There is no visible heating apart from three open fires. The fire in our section of the pub, (the pit) was not at all warm, not enough coal was used to form a good base and the logs were damp. The fires need to be lit well before opening time and dry wood is a must. The old leaded windows look great but do let in one hell of a draught and you may find you will need to leave your coat on.
All in all we like the Mainwaring, it is quaint, traditional, has history and could have excellent open fires that add to a good atmosphere. This review is not intended to put you off, indeed I would encourage you to visit and if it was not for the poor fire it would be a 4.5 from me!

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“good pub food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

Went here with a friend on a quiet night. Setting was as expected from this type of Pub, warm and homely.
Staff were great and I can recommend the burgers, they were massive, tasty and filling. Fries were amazing and everything was well presented.
Had a really good time.
Will definitely be returning. Good value for what you get.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank JUZU5
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Stoke, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Birthday party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

We visited the pub for a birthday meal we had booked a table as there was 14 of us and we have to say the staff and the pub was very very welcoming and the food was excellent . The menu was of excellent choice & value and it was all very fresh. The staff were very pleasant both bar staff and waiting on.we also had a very good choice of beers & wine which were offered to us, nothing was a problem. I would highly recommend this pub a visit, we have been a couple of times since & still excellent .

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Tina E
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Derby, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely pub grub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

Although very slow service to get order taken then long time almost 30 mins to get our food the quality was excellent .we had homemade burgher well seasoned and lovely herbs included. My salmon cooked to perfection and garnished with watercress. Just glad we weren't in a hurry but would go back for another meal ! Major problem was how cold it was on a very wet day despite log and coal fire ! Please let customers know if more than a 20 minute wait.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank astrantiamajor
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Eccleshall, United Kingdom
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“A cold winters night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

We called in for early dinner and managed to get a table in the "den" right in front of the fire, it was really cosy and all four of us ordered various food , everything was of a good standard and hot the camembert to share as a starter was superb and the guys said that the beer (I think it was tribune) was the best they had tasted.
We will be returning as we have moved into the area and think this may be the closest pub to us. Will be after that table by the fire though as another reviewer said without the fires it would be quit draughty and possibly cold.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Lynne L
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