The Dog & Doublet Inn
Named after a performing dog who won the hearts of the 18th-century villagers, The Dog & Doublet in Sandon sits between Stafford and the market town of Stone.
Fittingly, the inn is dog-friendly in both the cosy bar and snug. Diners can also sit in the equally comfortable Arch Way, Fireplace and Doublet Rooms – all of which have been renovated to a high standard. They show off the original architecture of this Arts & Crafts building beautifully.
But this pub is not overly formal and we love the quirky jumble of mismatched tables and chairs.
Depending on when you visit (check the website for the latest details), you’ll find a range of menus, including sandwiches, sharing platters and grazing boards where you can select any three tempting items from almost a dozen. These might include pork & apple sausage rolls, butcher’s scratchings or smoked salmon & anchovies. There’s an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans, too.
On the main menu there are plenty of pub classics – including local steaks and burgers – plus an excellent range of modern British dishes. We particularly enjoyed the potted salmon rillettes, confit pork belly with black pudding mash, pheasant breast & leg croquette with braised lentils, and a clementine & white chocolate cheesecake.
The Dog & Doublet is also open for breakfast and afternoon tea, plus offers a great-value ‘Early Doors’ menu Monday to Friday.
Besides the consistently good food, the customer service is top-notch thanks to the friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff. And if you’re coming from further afield, you can stay in a Dog & Doublet bedroom.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor
Photos: Dog & Doublet