Pear Tree: Former Pub - Now Modern Wine Bar
One of those places which opted to be a modern wine bar rather than an old fashioned pub. The atmosphere is therefore quieter in the late afternoon than in comparable neighbouring places. Food is served, but a little more upmarket than in a normal pub. Events like live music are rather occassional than regular. Sports on TV is shown here all the time.
Lord Brughley: Old-Style Freehouse
Old Style Freehouse in the centre of Stamford which attracts a mix of frequent customers and after work pub-goers, pretty large with a beer garden in summer. Five guest ales and the usual lagers were on tap, food is served here as well but I was only in here for a pint. Of course, there is sport on the telly and frequent events like live music.
Nice place if you want some genuine small-town pub atmosphere together with a good beer. If you like the Green Man, you will like this one most probably as well.
The Periwig: Popular with youngsters and sports fans
Popular with youngsters in the evening due to discount offers (Carlsberg bottels for a pound etc.) as well as for sports fans as they show almost anything on their numerous screens. I was here for the latter and for a pint of ale, so I can't say anything about the quality of the food. However, they have a decent choice of food for reasonable, student-friendly prices.
The London Inn: One of Stamford's most popular pubs
Definitively the pub coming closest to mainstream in Stamford. Has become pretty large after a 2011 refurbishment with three floors and a stage with frequent live music. Events like curry nights, quizzes etc. can be found here as well as the obligatory football on the telly. I don't know if they belong to any of the larger chains but they definitively appear to do so. Still, food quality is good and their choice of guest ales is not bad either.
The George (York Bar): A bar in the most iconic restaurant in Stamford
The George is one of those places which are considered a local landmark as well as a hotel and is surely one of the top sights in Stamford. The York Bar is probably the best chance for those on a tighter budget to have a meal and a drink in „The George“. Stylish, with low, but comfortable chairs it has a selection of small pub dishes like sandwiches. The place is popular with tourists and hotel guests, though some locals show up as well.
Beers on tap include the usual lagers and Guinness, two bitters and a guest ale. The sandwich I had was good and staff friendly. As you can expect, this is not the cheapest place. However, if you enjoy a meal and a drink at a bar with history and style, this is a place you will enjoy. Of course, the other restaurants in the George have a high standard as well (or even higher), but those other restaurants are also pretty upmarket and pricey.
Model Fish Bar: One of the best Fish and Chips - Shop I've been in
Very good classic Fish and Chips bar, though a little too large and too modern for my personal taste. Still, depending on the time of the day, it can get very full. Good choice of dishes, even gluten-free. Prices are below nationwide average, quality far above!
I just had the classic fish and chips which is hard to come by in my country except for the one or other Irish Pub.
Orchid Thai: Fresh Thai food!
I was not expected to end up in a Thai Restaurant that evening, but after I did not found any pub with an open kitchen on Sunday afternoon. The food made me forget my desire for pub grub pretty quickly. It was solid, home-made fod with fresh ingredients. The restaurant is pretty small with only half a dozen of tables in an old building.
Met a nice couple in the restaurant (she from Doncaster, he from Hull) who have been returning to this restaurant for years.
Melbourn Brothers: The one with the microbrewery next door
These guys have given the old All Saints brewery and sell fruity Samuel Smith ales, other real ales together with the usual lager suspects and the usual pub grub fare in the neighbouring premises. Their focus is on beer, so that the selection of wine and hard stuff is rather limited. Food menu looks good, but the kitchen was closed at the time of my visit. Together with the Green Man, this is the pub which celebrates real ale culture the most.
The Pear Tree: One of the poshest pub in Stamford
Somewhere between well-presented and far too posh, the Pear Tree is surely among the mmost modern pubs in town. It is no surprise that there is a big focus on wine here. My impression was that the Pear Tree was more like an after work place or a bar for a quiet relaxing evening. There was football showing one a screen, but it was far away from being a typical Champions League evening at an average English Pub. Giuest ales available, but the choice is not as large as in places like the Green Man, the London Inn or the Melbourn.
Good place for quiet nights, but for lively atmosphere better go to the Periwig, the Lord Burghley or the London Inn.
The Bull and Swan: There's not only the George...
The Bull and Swan is an inn with a long tradition. It's early history remains in the dark, but probably dates back to the late 16th century. In 1660, it was mentioned as the Falcon & Woolpack. After several name changes, it became the Bull and Swan in 1739. Not as famous and splendid as The George, but with a tradition that can compete with it.
Along with the reputation of being a classic inn, the Bull and Swan developed a higher standard kitchen in comparison to the "Cheap and cheerful" pub grub watering hole. Classic dishes are served well presented and are of high quality, but also means that prices here are a little higher than average. Atmosphere is welcoming and the audience is quite mixed, although there it can become pretty quite at daytime during the winter season. Unlike the poeple ot the neighbouring tables, I did not try any food, but enjoyed a good pint of ale.
The Green Man: Hooray for real ales!
A good pub I would like to have in my own neighbourhood. Music is predominantly mainstream rock, and the audience is accordingly. In the day it is pretty mixed (inclduing families for meals or after work drinking), but you won't find any groups of teens. In the evening, there is a mix of regular costumers and guests who just want a nice pint or two in a nice atmosphere. The place has a good awareness of beer and offers the usual suspects like Stella and Guinness, next to a good selection of real ales and European bottled beers. Kitchen is opening during daytime (although not until late in the evening) and has some of the English classics as well has some daily specials.
There is also a guesthouse above the pub with a handful of rooms. It is rated as a separate tip in the hotel section.
Pizza express: fine view...fine pizza
Pizza express inhabits a building right on the bridge over the River Welland. As such the riverside views that some tables have are probably the finest in Stamford.
I don't normally recommend chain restaurants, but this chain is a cut above the norm. The pizza is freshly made in an open-plan kitchen which is right in the centre of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Any of the pizza will be good, but I especially enjoyed the quite spicy 'Sloppy Guiseppe'.
The salads looked great too.
The George of Stamford: Well I finished it....
The George of stamford (see seperate tip) has two restaurants to boast about. The garden restaurant is more informal and features bucolic painting all over the walls.
The main oak-panneled dining room is a much more grand affair, with Jacket and tie expected. Expect finely prepared food in the class French tradition. Prices are heavy by local standards, although very reasonable by London Standards. Work on the principle of a three course affair with a bottle of wine from the a la carte menu setting you back around 80-90 pounds.
Favorite Dish: The following morning at the hotel reception, I remarked about how good the Grand Brittany platter was the night before. The receptionist agreed and added "Yep, nobody finishes that one". Well I did.
The "Grand Brittany platter" consists of a mountain of ice on which is placed a Half-lobster, dressed crab, Langoustines, oysters, mussels, King Prawns, Clams, whelks, perwinkles, and what must have been 100 or more shell-on prawns around the edge.
Oh, and I almost forgot, four wonderful dips and a pile of to-die-for breads.
By heck, I was stuffed, especially following the starter of warm pheasant salad.
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Stamford Balti Hut: Good Indian
This was a pretty good Indian, very reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: Prawn Madras, Pilaw Rice, Nan Bread, Popodums
Kingfisher beer too :)
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