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“Eccleshall is back on our map!”
Review of The Old Smithy

The Old Smithy
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Eccleshall
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Stone, Staffordshire
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Eccleshall is back on our map!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Eccleshall is only about four miles from home but, for some reason, since 'Julian's' closed some years ago, we never think of going there for a meal. After last night's great experience we shall be heading west more often! A friend mentioned The Old Smithy and recommended we try it. I'm glad we did.
The building has been completely refurbished to a very high standard indeed. Modern decor, clean and bright with high quality comfortable furniture. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. And the food was just gorgeous! Jan started with homemade pate which she thoroughly enjoyed and then she couldn't stop praising the Lemon Sole - always a struggle with the bones but beautifully cooked, she said! I opted for whitebait for starters (a very generous serving) and then went for the rib eye steak - not the most tender but really full of flavour. Homemade chips and super side dishes of vegetables.
My only niggle? Whilst I understand that a lot of the ingredients are locally sourced, I was, as a long established member of the Turnover Club, disappointed that the crockery was not from one of our local manufacturers.
But that apart, a super night out and we shall be back.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Richard S
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Stafford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“First time, but not the last!”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

What a find!...Lovely place, very clean and comfortable. Great choices on the Menu, glad we shared a Starter, as the serving of lovely tasty Whitebait was HUGE!!!.

Very tasty Mains, and accompaniments. Good selection of Wines available. Staff very friendly, polite & efficient. Already planning our re-visit!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank mollyinpenk
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swansea wales
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Was recommended The old smithy by some locals and we were not disapointed. There was plenty of choice and the food was delicious and plenty of it. The place itself was impressive very mordern and cosy. Would deffinetly recomend eating here. It's a little more expensive than pub grub but i dont mind paying for good food.

  • Visited April 2013
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Stafford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“Busy, popular pub restaurant”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The revival of The Smithy seems part of a wider upgrading around Eccleshall generally, which now offers some really great places to eat and some excellent small, independent shops. Well worth a visit....but back to The Smithy!

The Smithy has had a number of different owners and identities in recent years. Under the current team it has been turned into a light, bright, modern pub restaurant. I have been there several times, always in the evening when it is very busy. Booking in advance is recommended but you can usually get a table if you ring a day or two ahead.

The service is good, given how busy it is. It's a good menu which could be improved by a little more choice for vegetarians (normally only two choices on the regular menu and nothing on the 'specials' when we last visited. The puddings are particularly worth mentioning - all home cooked and really, really good! If you don't normally indulge in a pud, make this an exception!

The Smithy has a small car park. If you go there after about 7pm, this will be full. Don't panic - you can usually find a space on the High Street.

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“Fantastic food , great menu,”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

The menu was outstanding , plenty of choice and all delivered to an outstanding quality, even though the restaurant was sold out , the staff and service was very good and as ever mr king

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Thank Roger B
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