The Roebuck.

Derby road, Leek, Staffordshire.  ST13 5AB.

This exquisite Grade 2 listed, half-timbered pub with jettied gables under a Welsh slate roof dates back to 1626. Situated centrally in Leek, it is an old coaching inn with the now converted stables still visible at the back and side of the main building in what is termed “the hop yard”. This is a real pub with real fires and real ale. The welcome is warm and the bar staff attentive and helpful. During the summer there is live music outside in the partially covered “hop yard”.

Titanic, the Stoke on Trent brewery which started brewing in 1985 own the Roebuck. The range of beers, mostly from the Titanic brewery but with a couple of guest beers is exceptional. I sampled the Captain Smith’s Strong Ale, dark red and malty and named after the Captain of the Titanic, a Stoke man. I also tried the “Iceberg” beer which is a pale yellow in colour with citrus and floral undertones, more suited to a hot summer’s day. If you are a coffee lover, try the bottled Cappuccino Stout!

This pub understands and supports the “Totally Locally” ethos of the town,  something for which Leek is well known The Roebuck won the “Taste of Staffordshire 2018” for the food served which is locally sourced and reasonably priced including  the Totally Locally Leek Burger, a dish that is created from local ingredients only, all sourced within a 100 yard radius! This is my favourite of several particularly good pubs in Leek and I strongly suggest you pay it a visit.

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