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“Dreadful food and don't bother with the train carriage gimmick” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Spotgate Inn

The Spotgate Inn
Ranked #4 of 57 Restaurants in Stone
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Staffordshire
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Dreadful food and don't bother with the train carriage gimmick”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

My goats cheese, beetroot and walnut salad had no beetroot and one walnut in, the main meals were disappointing and the train carriage sweaty, packed and made service very slow

Visited June 2012
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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening, wonderful meal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

A friend and I decided to go here on the spur of the moment, what a treat! The Pullman carriages are wonderfully presented and evoke a great atmosphere, that of grandeur, elegance and privacy. The staff were very attentive and ensured the evening was pleasant and all our needs met. This goes far beyond a gimmick; the food was wonderful, the atmosphere wonderful and the overall experience a happy memory. Hope to return soon. Be aware, that not open Mondays. Not cheap, but good value for money. Hope to return soon.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Berkshire_Chap
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Staffordshire
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A reminder of the Orient Express”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

My wife took me for a surprise meal on 12th April 2013, and it did not disappoint. Our table was in a private dining compartment at the rear of the Pub where two large train carriages from yesteryear have been seamlessly added. There are other areas of the train carriages that are more like a communal dining area. These are also very nice, but a top tip . . . if you want the private compartment, you have to ask for it at the time of booking.
The food was excellent. We had the combo to start which was a mixed platter of starters, like prawn, chicken, cheese and chip dippers with a selection of dips.
I had the Fillet Steak for main and it came with chips and vegetables. My wife had the Chilli. Both were of a high standard.
I can recommend the Speckled Hen Beer. It was 1st class.
Also we had a bottle of Malbec wine which was very good.
And all for under £65.
Can't fault it. I will be returning.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hessi0n
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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Would recommend!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

We try somewhere new for every birthday and this year I choose the spot gate and was not disappointed. on arrival the staff were wonderful could not make you feel anymore welcome than they did. After having pre meal drinks in the fire and candle light bar we were taken to our train carriage, which was wonderful was better than what I had expected, we ordered our meals and was delighted with what we received a good size portion and cooked to perfection we all had different meals and we're all equally satisfied, all through the night the staff were fantastic and polite. Would recommend to everyone and will be returning for another meal on the tracks

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cms_1990
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The Pullman Carriages provide an excellent ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

I've been to the Spot Gate Inn several times over twenty years! The Pullman train carriages at the back of the restaurant provide an authentic ambience to your dining out experience. What ever the celebration or just a quality meal the Spot Gate never fails. There's always an excellent choice on the menu and an extensive wine menu, the house wine have their own label. There's also a quaint waiting lounge with an open fire, to have pre-dinner drinks before you embark into the carriages.. superb.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank debbie_boone
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