“ Address: Windmill Hill / Stoke on Trent / Staffordshire / ST3 7PP / Telephone: 01782 392283 „
I have been visiting the Swynnerton Arms for a couple of years now and always find it an excellent place when I am looking for somewhere local to have a decent lunch, however not too expensive.
The Swynnerton Arms is located in a part of Stoke on Trent called Rough Close. It is just coming out of the urban area into a rural area on the road to Stone in Staffordshire. It is situated on a junction where there is a small roundabout and has a great deal of passing traffic from both local people and also people coming into Stoke on Trent from out of town. To look at it from outside it looks like a normal old fashioned pub, with a homely feel to it. A lot of money has been spent on the Swynnerton Arm and it looks in top top condition from the road and very inviting.
Situated at the back of the pub is a carpark, which is of reasonable size and too be honest whatever time of day or time of week you visit the Swynnerton Arms, the car park is always pretty full which had got to be a good thing, I have never been to an empty car park before, but when it is busy that does leave you to think as to whether there is going to be room to eat.
As its a pub they don't usually take bookings only on special occasions such as Mothers Day, Valentines Day etc, so you do have to go on the spur on the moment, this is the only downfall when you do go and you can't get a table. They do offer you the opportunity to wait however I have been told over an hour before for a table which when you can smell home cooking, thats the last thing you want to do is wait.
As you enter the Swynnerton Arms, you have a door directly in front of you to walk in, the aroma of home cooked food hits you immediately and it smells great to say the least. Inside it is very old fashioned but in a homely kind of way with copper pots hanging around and pictures of the area going back years and showing the pub's heritage. To be honest I wouldn't classify it as a pub myself at all, more a restaurant as their is no actually seating are or bar should you just want to go in for a quiet drink. It is all set out as a restaurant and the last thing you want if you do want a quiet drink is to sit around watching other people eat.
All tables are pre laid and there used to be a smoking and non smoking area, which now due to the smoking ban, it is a no smoking establishment so if you want a cigarette then outside it is. Menu's are left on the table and as said early at the Swynnerton Arms it is all home cooked food, home of this frozen stuff that you get at the like of a Hungry Horse.
The menu is extremely varied, starters are something that I don't often have here, however they do the normal kind of dishes, including Soup of the Day, Prawn Cocktail, Melon, Chicken Goujons, Depp Fried Brie and various other tasty dishes.
I always opt for just a main course here as the portion size is quite large and I can never seem to fit three courses in. I tend to have the home made Meat and Potato Pie or Lamb Cutlets, served with chips. The meat and Potato Pie has a huge short crust pastry lid and filled with tender pieces of beef and finely diced potatoes. The Lamb Cutlets, you normally have four of these, each of a very big size, served in MInt Gravy. The meat is very tender and tasty and they are cooked to perfection. I am a little fussy when it comes to Lamb but I find these so nice. The one thing I love about the Swynnerton Arms is the chips. They are home made chip and slightly browned and remind me of the ones that my nan used to cook when I was a kid. I think this is one of the main reasons that I visit here as the chips are so tasty.
To place your food order you have to go to the bar and pay for it there and then, unless you are opening a tab and planning to stay for a while. One other downfall that I have found happen on a couple of occasions is if they are busy and you pick what you would like to eat, they are sometimes unable to provide it as they have ran out. I visited one Sunday evening once and it took four attempts to actually choose something that they had. It is slightly disappointing, however there are so many tasty options on the menu to choose from, that it is easy to pick an alternative.
Even though they are always busy, the food never takes long to area, the maximum I have ever had to wait for my food to arrive is 20 minutes. The staff are always rushed off their feet, but still very friend and happy to serve you.
The prices of the food is very good, normally in the region of £3 - £4 for a starter and a maximum of £12 for a main course, which that is normally the mixed grill.
Its a fantastic little place, serving fantastic food and is always worth a try.
Offers traditional pub fare.