Where to Eat near Alton Towers

Food & Drink

The small towns and villages around Alton Towers are blessed with a number of excellent places to eat after you’ve spent a day at the theme park.

These range from simple, but high quality, child-friendly providers of pub grub to specialist restaurants.

The list below provides you with what we think are the best places to eat near Alton Towers, within a short distance of The Laurels B&B.

You can find their exact location and a bunch of other useful stuff on our custom map.


We recommend booking in advance as all these venues can be very busy during the evening.

The Star at Cotton - 1 mile

Less than two minutes up the road from us, The Star Inn is a family-owned restaurant and bar. The current owners have spent some time upgrading their food offerings. The building has also recently undergone many improvements both internally and externally.

The food is excellent, but is now quite ‘high end’ so may not be suitable for some guests. Please have a look at their menu before booking.

The Grosvenor Restaurant - 2.7 miles

The Grosvenor Restaurant at Hales Hall is in a fabulous old building.

Sharing the same entrance as the campsite, just drive in and park around the side of the Hall.

The food is the creation of a brilliant local chef whose food has already earned him several awards – all at very reasonable prices.

Treat yourself to some fine grub and look out for the regular events they’ve scheduled to put on.

The Bulls Head - 3.5 miles

At the Bulls Head, they are passionate about locally sourced fresh ingredients for our dishes and use local suppliers where they can. Their stone-baked pizzas are packed full of flavour and use the best cuts of meats to give you the best pizza experience this side of Sicily.

Their steaks are hung and aged for 21 days and come in a 12oz Ribeye or 10oz Sirlion. They have plenty of options for Vegetarians, Gluten Free & Vegans, so please take a look over the menu, which changes regularly.

Good food and an excellent choice of gins! 

The Queens at Freehay - 3.7 miles

Tucked away in the quiet village of Freehay and a few miles from Alton Towers is the delightful “Queens at Freehay” Public House and Restaurant. The charming building dates back to the 18th century and enjoys a pretty setting surrounded by mature trees and a well-tended garden.

Stepping over the threshold, visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find a refreshingly modern interior with bright décor and elegant tables and chairs.

 Good quality food from a family-run restaurant.

The Mughal - 4 miles

The Mughal is an Indian Balti Restaurant and Takeaway in Cheadle, based in the High Street, easily accessible with car parking and bus stops close by, just 4 miles from The Laurels

They offer a wide range of Indian Balti dishes, together with a wide range of curries; tandoori dishes; masala dishes; English dishes; and sundries. Their family-friendly atmosphere ensures you of a very warm welcome and a memorable evening at the Mughal.

Great food, friendly service, with HUGE nan bread! They don’t have an alcohol licence, but there’s a Bargain Booze next door. They’re more than happy to let you bring your own booze.

The Bridge House - 3.1 miles

The Bridge House in Alton serves proper home-cooked food – the highest quality, locally sourced produce, all prepared lovingly by their Head Chef Gemma and her team.

From the classic main menu featuring their famous seafood sharer to homemade pies, perfectly cooked steaks, real chips, and chef specials.

Large, kiddie-friendly garden right by the river. A great spot in the summer.

The Talbot next door also serves pizzas.

Thornbury Hall - 3 miles

A delightful Georgian Grade II listed building with Tudor origins. The house was restored from near ruin in 1990 by Mohammed and Parveen Siddique and converted into what is now recognised as one of the finest restaurants specialising in Pakistani cuisine.

The elegance of the house lends itself perfectly to the exotic eastern decor, historical artefacts, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and pictures of the ancient Mogul Empire. Thornbury Hall is set in the middle of the tranquil Staffordshire countryside, within easy reach of Alton Towers (3 miles)

High-quality Indian style food, served exactly as you like it.


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Yew Tree Inn - 4.1 miles

The Yew Tree at Cauldon may be the weirdest pub you’ve ever been in. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of antiques, curios, music machines and motorcycles. The collection includes a pair of Queen Victoria’s stockings, a 3,000-year-old Grecian urn, Penny Farthing and Bone Shaker bicycles.

There is also the famous ‘Acme Dog Carrier’, an array of unusual musical instruments, including an ancient Serpent. The seating is equally interesting with antique benches, church pews & settles. The pub is very dog friendly, and you will most likely be met by a very barky but friendly dog called Maude as you enter the pub!

The homemade food consists primarily of pies or chilli, but it’s tasty and well priced.


Bookings – 01538 309876

Fox and Goose - 4.2 miles

You’ll need your sat nav to find it, but when you do, you should find it worthwhile.

The Fox and Goose provide a fabulous view across the Staffordshire hills, friendly staff and good food.

They also have live music so check their Facebook page if you want to enjoy/avoid a night of music.


Reserve a  table – The Fox & Goose Online Bookings

Phone – 01538 266886


The Tavern - 5.5 miles

The Tavern is a cosy, welcoming pub in the village of Denstone serving delicious, home-cooked food.

They do wood-fired pizzas on Friday and Saturday nights, which are a big hit.


Reserve a  table – Online Bookings

Phone – 01889739861



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