M6, Junction 15; 8 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
‘The Fitz’ as it’s known to locals, was spruced up recently, breathing fresh life into a tired boozer and transforming it into a glamorous gastropub. The attractive, gabled frontage is ornamented with bay trees, a stack of barrels and a traditional red phone box. Large windows give a glimpse of the bar, where chunky furniture, leather wingback chairs, jugs of flowers and open fires cosily intermingle.
In the evening, the dining room has a stately feel, all gleaming gilt, swagged drapes, polished wood, inky tones and twinkling candlelight. Food is home-cooked and robust: seafood crockpot, steak and Swynnerton Stout pie and Fitz Mess, a delicious concoction of meringue, cream, spiced apple and poached pear.
Custom-built furniture in the garden incorporates climbing plants and topiary twisted with fairy lights. The countryside is perfect for a ramble: look for suggested walks on the website to help you build up an appetite.