Fitzherbert Arms wins Best Pub in Staffordshire for second year running!

Once again, the Fitzherbert Arms was part of the 94 pubs and bars across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who scooped a prestigious County Winner title as part of the 2023 National Pub & Bar Magazine Awards. This is the fourth time the Fitzherbert team have been recognised by the publication as Staffordshire’s Best Pub since the Fitz re-opened in 2016 after a period of closure.

The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.

The announcement of this year’s 94 County Winners shows the level of quality being delivered to pub and bar visitors every day of the week.

The Fitzherbert Arms was selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories and was officially crowned at a ‘red carpet’ celebration at 30 Euston Square, London, on Wednesday 23 June 2023.

Head Chef Connor joined owners Tim and Mary on the trip to London to celebrate the award and enjoyed time in the City looking at food operations of interest.

Mary said “we are very proud indeed of the Fitzherbert Team. They have shown an amazing degree of consistency over the years and deserve this award. It was great to be accompanied by Connor our head chef who plays a very big part, with his kitchen team, in the success of the Fitz, a big well done and thank you!”

The Fitzherbert Arms’ 7th Treasure Hunt is a hit!

We certainly got lucky with the weather as 12 teams rocked up to compete in the 7th annual Fitzherbert Car Treasure Hunt. The pairs were sent off into the lovely Staffordshire countryside picking up clues and answering challenging quiz questions along the route!

All arrived back safely after a couple of hours and enjoyed a much-needed drink and complimentary nibbles while Tim set about marking the papers. It took a while as everything was very close indeed, so there was a need for a series of recounts!

There was a draw for third place between the lone driver team led by Alan of the Flintstones in his Aston Martin, the ‘Youngsters’ in their MGB (pictured) also came in third and team ‘Squtternut Bosch’ too in their Mini Clubman. When there is a draw then the highest Treasure Hunt score alone decides who is victorious and it was the ‘Squatternut Bosch’ Team that managed to win third overall! So winning a £20 gift card.

In second place were treasure hunt heroes the ‘Balmy Army’ their X Trail who collected a £40 gift card.

The winners of the Cup and a ‘Porsche for the Day’ and so becoming the Fitzherbert Arms Treasure Hunt Champions of 2022 were Matt and Helena, the ‘Two in a Box’ Team in their Porsche Boxter!

Well done to all the teams who took part, you all did very well indeed. We hope to see you all again soon. We raised £130.00 for our two charities….Hospitality Action and Action Against Hunger. Thank you for competing and making it another great day at the Fitzherbert Arms.

THE WINNERS

THE RUNNERS UP

AND IN THIRD

 

The Best Pubs across the UK are chosen as winners of their counties in 2022

With consumer confidence on the rise and hospitality venues continuing their journey on the road to recovery, 94 pubs and bars across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have scooped a prestigious County Winner title as part of the 2022 National Pub & Bar Magazine Awards, including our very own Church Inn for Cheshire and our Fitzherbert Arms for Staffordshire.

The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.

The announcement of this year’s 94 County Winners shows the level of quality being delivered to pub and bar visitors every day of the week.

The pubs, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be officially crowned at a ‘red carpet’ celebration at 30 Euston Square, London, on Wednesday 22 June 2022. At this ‘grand finale’, 15 Regional Winners will also be announced, as well as the esteemed accolade – the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year 2022. An award which has been won twice by our Church Inn in Mobberley in 2019/20 and 2016/17.

“Just from being out and about, you can see how much pubs and bars mean to people across the UK,” says Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which hosts the event. “With visitor numbers increasing, it’s more important than ever for operators to deliver standout service and product quality during every visit – no matter the business in question. The 94 County Winners are wonderful examples of the brilliance of today’s modern on-trade. If you live near one of these county winners, make sure you pay them a visit!”

The National Pub & Bar Awards is sponsored by Hellmann’s, Kegstar, Kingfisher, Knorr and St Pierre.

Great turnout for 6th Fitz Treasure Hunt!

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the 6th Fitzherbert Arms Car Treasure Hunt. Thank you too for all the kind donations. £50 was raised for the Air Ambulance, as each car team donated towards this great cause.

10 teams rocked up to the Fitz on a bright, dry day, to take on the hunt, set up by owner Tim and the Fitz team.

Everyone gave it a good go and got back safely to enjoy a nibble and a drink as Carl and the team set about the serious task of marking the papers!

Finally the scores were in!

The third place team were the ‘Team Taxi’ who picked up a £20 gift voucher! In second place were the ‘Audi Do’ Team who picked up a £30 Fitzherbert gift voucher.

Drum roll….in first place, taking the title of 2021 Fitzherbert Arms treasure hunt champions….were the ‘Eccleshall Escort Service’! Well done to them! Winning a Porsche for a day, kindly provided by our long-standing sponsors Porsche Chester.

Congratulations to the winning team and everyone who took part! A great day indeed!

See you all next Year!

The 30 best winter pubs in Britain, for dog-lovers, walkers, foodies and more…..


Saturday 16th November 2019

The Fitzherbert Arms, Stone, Staffordshire


In the old village of Swynnerton on Lord Stafford’s estate is the dog-friendly Fitzherbert, perfect for a pint after a winter’s walk. Pups are welcome in the bar and snug, which entwine with an open-plan feel and are warmed by three delicious fires.

A vivacious team ferry platefuls of food to elegant tables: seafood platters, steak and stout pies, crumbles, brownies and local cheeses. Your four-legged friend won’t feel left out thanks to tasty treats on the bar.

sawdays.co.uk/pubs/thefitzherbertarms

The 30 best winter pubs in Britain, as selected by Sawday’s