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Monday, 11 April 2016

#181 Littleton Arms, Penkridge, Staffs : 1991 to 2015

The village of Penkridge sits on the Staffs & Worcs Canal and, although we haven't passed through too often down the years, it is always a worthwhile stopping place as there are quite a few pubs to choose from.

The first time we visited the Littleton Arms was on the evening of Sunday 28th July 1991.
I really don't recall what it was like inside, but from the outside, it is an imposing building. In those days, it was an M&B establishment.

We didn't return for five years, this time, it was a lunchtime stop on Wednesday 29th May 1996.
The pub had undergone a complete transformation as a Vintage Inn restaurant/pub (still part of the M&B estate).

We didn't return until the evening of Tuesday 29th May 2001 to find no real change in the exterior.

Two years later, on the evening of Monday 25th August 2003, it was still a Vintage Inn, but the wooden window shutters had been removed.

It was quite a while before our next visit to Penkridge and this is what we found on the evening of Sunday 4th September 2011.
Another complete transformation, this time into an independent restaurant/pub.

Our most recent visit was on the evening of Wednesday 10th June 2015.
Little had changed over the four years. Inside it is now in the currently popular 'rustic' style and the food was very good (as was the free bottle of wine which, on hindight, I should probably taken away for later consumption, rather than drinking it all with my meal!).

If you are passing it is worth a stop to have some refreshment in the Littleton Arms - here's their website.


  1. I've often driven through Penkridge but never actually visited any of the pubs. There used to be a big pub just up from the Littleton Arms called the George & Fox which is now a Sainsbury's Local. From the outside, the White Hart looks the most attractive pub in the village.

    1. It's been a while since we've been in the White Hart, but away from the road there's the Horse and Jockey and the Star and on the canal banks you can find The Boat and the Cross Keys (which we haven't visited for ages!)

  2. Another pub exploring blog you might like to add to your sidebar is Simon Everitt's BRAPA, which is often laugh-out-loud funny.