The Lazy Trout
Set in the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands four miles north of Leek, The Lazy Trout offers a winning combination of traditional, friendly country pub with superb quality, imaginative food and a fine selection of real ales.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a restorative lunch after hiking in this superb walking country, or whether you’re looking for a leisurely three-course dinner, you can be sure of top-notch food with great service at The Lazy Trout. Pub classics are a cut above; instead of the usual accompaniments to steak of tomato, mushrooms and onion rings, here you might find confit tomato and a tender mushroom topped with caramelised onions, delicately cooked to bring out their natural sweetness.
The Lazy Trout prides itself on using local produce, so a traditional Sunday lunch might include expertly cooked, delicious rare-breed lamb from Troutsdale Farm – not much more than a pleasant stroll down the lane from the pub.
But it’s not just hearty food served up at The Lazy Trout. Other dishes we’ve enjoyed include a refreshing summer salad of tomatoes with feta, rocket, olives and fennel oil, and a memorable bruschetta of whipped goats’ cheese, prosciutto, perfectly ripe figs, tomato and basil oil. Both dishes exhibited skilful combinations of texture and flavour.
On warm days and summer evenings, enjoy your meal in the rear beer garden with its spectacular views of The Roaches and Hen Cloud. Dog and family friendly, there are swings and play equipment for children too.
Unsurprisingly, The Lazy Trout is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike so booking ahead is recommended, especially at weekends.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor