As a rural county, Staffordshire has a host of country pubs serving those looking to make the most of its rolling countryside. However, No.26 at Aston Marina provides something totally unique – a modern and informal bar and dining venue in a beautiful waterside setting.
With its diverse offering both on the food and drink side, it stands up to the best gastropubs in Staffordshire when it comes to selecting a venue for a gathering of friends and family. This, combined with a rural outlook that belies its location on the edge of Stone and within easy reach of J14 of the M6, is fast making it a popular venue for groups meeting from far afield as well as locals.
Whether you are popping in to enjoy a coffee and one of the marina’s delicious cakes (the great taste award-winning Tiffin simply has to be tried), for a hearty breakfast, lunch, evening meal – or simply to enjoy a drink from the bar – No.26’s friendly and enthusiastic team will make you feel right at home. The open-plan bar and dining zones flow beautifully with a feature wood burner making a stunning centrepiece to the restaurant, while large windows make the most of views out onto the marina. During the Spring and Summer months many visitors opt to drink or dine out on the extensive decked area to soak up the waterside setting, while the heated ‘Cedar House’ can be booked to make this possible even in the cooler months.
When it comes to food, No.26 has built on the reputation of the marina’s original Bistro; its award-winning kitchen team creating gastro-pub style menus that focus on the quality of the finest seasonal, Staffordshire sourced ingredients. Whatever the season – or the occasion – you will find a great range of dishes on offer with vegetarian and gluten-free options always available, plus daily specials alongside the seasonal menu choices. From gastropub classics like steaks, burgers and delicious pies through to fusion dishes, elegant salads and seafood specials – plus a selection of delicious desserts – the menu features something for all tastes. No.26 also represents great value for quality food, and most of the year diners will find special offers on set two or three course menu options from Monday through to Thursday.
If you’re not visiting to dine, the bar at No.26 offers a great alternative to a traditional Staffordshire country pub. You’ll find a great range of beers and ales on draft and bottled, with local Staffordshire breweries always well represented. For wine lovers, a well-stocked wine list offers options for all tastes – from crisp Sauvignon Blancs through to rounded Merlots – even prosecco and Champagne by the glass or the bottle, and a whole range in between.
Bar No.26 also has its own in-house mixologist who will not only be happy to recommend the perfect serve on a huge range of gins but guide you through an extensive selection of whiskies and other spirits, with a great cocktail menu and seasonal special cocktails always available. This, alongside a great range of options for non-drinkers or designated drivers – including ‘virgin’ cocktails, barista style coffees and a selection of teas, makes the marina a popular choice for groups meeting up for a relaxing drink – especially in summer when the seating by the waterside decking always draws a crowd.
So, next time you’re looking for a Staffordshire country pub to meet up with friends for drinks or to enjoy great food, why not head to No.26 at Aston Marina?