With summer well and truly upon us, now is the perfect time to plan to meet up with friends and family over a nice meal, and Lichfield has no shortage of amazing indoor and al fresco dining options to suit every type of palate.
People have really missed being able to meet up and socialise over good food and drink, and the city is proud to be able to offer visitors an eclectic mix of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Lichfield has a diverse and delicious range of award- winning eateries and boasts Michelin star fine dining, cosy cafes, and vibrant pubs. What’s not to like? Whether you’re looking for food for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, you’re spoilt for choice and many of the eateries have lovely outdoor dining spaces too – ideal for soaking up the summer sun.
Restaurants and cafes
If you’re looking to push the ‘boat’ out, then a visit to the award-winning The Boat Inn will tantalise your tastebuds. It has an open kitchen serving modern British cuisine, plus a large garden terrace – perfect for summer evenings. They even have a specific Garden Menu served , not surprisingly, in their beautiful garden The Boat Inn | Fine Dining | Lichfield, England (theboatinnlichfield.com).
Continuing the fine-dining theme, Lichfield is also home to Upstairs by Tom Shepherd which is Staffordshire’s first, and only One Michelin starred restaurant Upstairs by Tom Shepherd | Visit Lichfield. It offers contemporary British fine dining and Tom and his team create flavour led, produce driven menus inspired by the seasons and surroundings.
The Barn has been a favourite at Heart of the Country shopping village for many years and with its beautiful red brick building and tranquil courtyard it’s not hard to see why. The menu boasts a wealth of locally sourced produce Visit Lichfield | The Barn at Swinfen.
Pear Tree Creperie also located at Heart of the Country Village Visit Lichfield | The Pear Tree Creperie is a quaint French Creperie with lots of character, friendly smiles, a relaxed informal atmosphere and a full menu of delicious Galettes and Crepes to choose from.
Visit Bird Street
Bird Street has an array of places to eat offering outdoor dining for when the sun is shining. Restaurant Sorriso Ristorante Sorriso | Visit Lichfield and Ask Ask | Visit Lichfield serve great Italian food, then there is Poms Kitchen and Deli Pom's Kitchen | Visit Lichfield plus, Damn Fine Café Damn Fine Café | Visit Lichfield.
Dine completely al fresco
The Shed at Chasewater Country Park is a great place for alfresco dining and offers not only great views of the surrounding countryside, but also has a tempting menu of cakes, hot drinks, milkshakes and sundaes The Shed Chasewater | Cannock Dairies & The Shed Chasewater.
If you’re looking for hearty traditional pub food, then Lichfield has an array of options including The Hedgehog The Hedgehog | Visit Lichfield, The Owl Visit Lichfield | The Owl, The Bowling Green The Bowling Green | Visit Lichfield and The Drill Inn The Drill Inn | Visit Lichfield - the latter is located in Burntwood and has an extensive play area and outdoor huts for dining.
To take a look through all of the dining options Lichfield has to offer visit Visit Lichfield | Eat & Drink.