A couple of weekends ago we were invited to stay at The Littleton Arms in Penkridge for a weekend of good food and local exploration. Penkridge is only a short drive up the motorway from our home so it was a chance to pack an overnight bag, escape the household chores and enjoy a couple of nights away enjoying some quality time with my boys.
The Littleton Arms is situated in the heart of Staffordshire. Having recently been refurbished showcasing its traditional features with a modern twist, the 17th century coaching inn is now a popular gastro pub with family friendly accommodation perfect for families wanting to explore the local area.
Accommodation at The Littleton Arms
We were invited to stay in a family room (room 3) for the weekend and when we arrived late on Friday evening, we had a warm and friendly welcome from the staff. The pub downstairs was bustling with diners and drinkers, but we were promptly shown up to our room by Tony, the owner of the pub.
Our room was on the first floor which worried me initially, I wasn’t sure how Olly would sleep with the buzz of people downstairs but I needn’t of worried. Our room was very cosy and whilst you could hear people downstairs it wasn’t disturbing at all. Our room had a very comfortable double bed, a single bed for Olly and a two seater sofa in it and we also had an large en-suite with a bath and a shower.
One of the features we really liked about our room was the hospitality tray. Little glass jars filled with sugar, ground coffee for a cafetiere, homemade shortbread bites and individual sachets of teapigs everyday and earl grey tea. Fresh milk was served in a little glass bottle which was a really nice touch. We much prefer fresh milk rather than the UHT capsules that you usually get in hotel rooms. We also had a bottle of fresh water and could pop downstairs to the pub at any time to replenish the stocks.
Our room was really comfortable and the perfect space to unwind during our weekend of adventures.
Food at The Littleton Arms
When we arrived at the pub on the Friday evening we were invited to have some food in the restaurant or to have some food served in our room. As it was late we opted to have some food served in our room. Olly wanted triple cooked chips, Shilts wanted a burger and I fancied something sweet so ordered the lemon meringue cheesecake. Our food arrived and it was beautifully presented. Olly devoured the chips and Shilts loved his burger and chips quoting that the chips were “probably the best chips he’s ever eaten,” such high praise! My dessert looked almost too good to eat but I tried it all in the name of research. It was delicious by the way!
On Saturday morning we went down for breakfast and was greeted with the prettiest tables all set up for breakfast. There was a self service station with a toaster, fresh white and brown bread, jams, yoghurts, cereals and dried fruit and you could help yourself to as much or as little as you like. We were offered hot drinks and we were given the breakfast menus to order any fresh hot dishes. On the menu there was a Full English Breakfast, freshly made Porridge and 3 Egg omelettes as well as Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon, Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon and Eggs Benedict.
I ordered scrambled eggs without the salmon, Olly ordered pancakes and Shilts ordered the full English. All our meals were cooked to order and were all made within ten minutes. Although Olly didn’t enjoy the pancakes (they were more savoury than sweet but that’s just his preference) both Shilts and I really enjoyed our breakfasts. It’s great to know that The Littleton Arms use local ingredients and there’s a list on display in the bar area where products are sourced from.
As we were off out exploring Cannock Chase on the Saturday afternoon, the chef prepared us a picnic to take with us which was delicious. We enjoyed sandwiches, a pork pie, scotch egg, crisps and a slice of cake. They even included a yogurt and chopped strawberries for Olly which he was really happy with.
Our evening meal
Our table was booked for our evening meal and we were seated in the main restaurant area. It was nice to see that there was a mix of diners with couples, families and friends all eating in there. The evening menu at The Littleton Arms is varied and appetising. We opted for a main course as we fancied checking out more of the desserts. We really liked that there was a Childrens menu and Olly was able to order one of his favourite meals of homemade chicken dippers, fries and peas.
Shilts ordered the sweet potato, chick pea and coconut curry with crispy vegetables and additional chicken on top.
I ordered the hot smoked chicken and crispy bacon salad which was served with sugar snaps, tenderstem broccoli, quinoa and chia seeds. Our main courses were again, beautifully presented and were mini works of art. It was shame to tuck in but we were glad we did as they were so tasty. My salad was particularly delicious and one of the best salads I’ve ever had.
For dessert, I tried the salted caramel & peanut butter brownie ice cream coupe which was presented in a Kilner handled jar complete with homemade peanut brittle.
It was a very rich dessert and you could probably share them between two people (or maybe not!) Shilts ordered the strawberry and clotted cream ice cream coupe which again was served in a trendy Kilner jar and was devoured! Olly had the chocolate brownie and ice cream which was a brilliant sized portion and Olly enjoyed it thoroughly.
Enjoyable Sunday lunch at The Littleton Arms
After a busy Sunday morning at Rodbaston Animal Zone, we returned back to The Littleton Arms for Sunday lunch. Shilts ordered the Roasted Lamb shoulder and I ordered the Roast Turkey. Olly didn’t fancy a roast dinner so opted for chicken dippers again. Our meals were served with duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a swirl of gravy.
It was really nice to enjoy a relaxed Sunday lunch in the restaurant, there were plenty of families and couples eating so the atmosphere was calm and unhurried. We didn’t feel at any time that we were being hurried with Olly, sometimes in restaurants you get the impression you’re not wanted by staff and other diners but we definitely were welcomed and we all felt really comfortable there.
We had a wonderful weekend staying at The Littleton Arms in Penkridge. There’s so much to see and do in Staffordshire and Penkridge is a lovely little village with many independent and boutique shops. I picked up some candles from a local interiors shop and Olly spent his pocket money in the sweet shop. There was a roaring trade in the bakery on Saturday morning and it’s worth noting that the market is on every Saturday which is great for fresh fruit and veg at brilliant prices.
Over the weekend we enjoyed some of the local sights, we visited the Gruffalo trail at Cannock Chase and spent an hour at Rodbaston’s Animal Zone. All of which are great for family days out and spending time with your nearest and dearest.
We had a brilliant weekend away staying local away from home. It was so nice to have a relaxed weekend away from the chores and enjoy the warm hospitality of a family friendly pub, restaurant and hotel.
If you’re looking to enjoy some time in Penkridge or the local areas, we would definitely recommend staying with The Littleton Arms.
Disclosure: We would like to thank Tony and his team at The Littleton Arms for inviting us to stay for the weekend. We had a wonderful weekend and will definitely bring the extended family back for the good food and atmosphere.