Restaurants and Dining in Lichfield

Lichfield offers an excellent range of restaurants and dining establishments to suit all tastes and pockets. We’ve compiled a short list of some below!

Chandlers Grande Brassierie


Located on Conduit Street, Lichfield, WS13 6JU

The old Lichfield Corn Exchange is now the impressive setting for McKensies. Diners can still get the feel of the original room which has been splendidly refurbished sustaining the feel of the ancient structure. We have visited on a number of occasions as it is convenient for the centre of Lichfield and the Garrick Theatre. This is a relatively new ownership with quite traditional menu.

Ego Mediterranean Restaurant

Location: New Minster House, Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PW

The location is brilliant looking over the Minster Pool with the three spires of Lichfield Cathedral reaching to the sky. It is a very airy, bright room with a good layout. The menu is classically Mediterranean and the food well executed at a reasonable price from the sharing boards to the pan roasted cod loin – good flavours with real cooking in the open kitchen.

Netherstowe House Restaurant
Location: Netherstowe Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6AY

The venue is in a quirky yet old setting and the layout is engaging. The greeting is warm and formal and pre dinner drinks are taking in the lounge in comfortable chairs. The menu emphasises its local credentials which is creditable. Meal presentation leans towards the precise and the tastes are good. Perhaps something to be learned from even the finest dining restaurants is that formality in dining can be proper but also done with wit, warmth and personality – unfair perhaps on the young table staff but worth a thought! If the menu and prices are to your taste – must be checked out!

Swinfen Hall Hotel
Location: Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14 9RE

I have followed the Swinfen story for many years from the marvellous drama of how Patience Swinfen went through years of litigations that scandalised male dominated Victorian society to the war years and its life under the MOD and eventually the prison officers’ social club. The refurbishment is a miraculous story in its own right and those responsible deserve great credit. It has become a great venue for large local events and weddings and most of my dining experience has been at such events. Nonetheless the award winning kitchen produces well thought out dishes in a grand dining room and some wit as the ‘Right Pig’s Ear of it’ on the taster menu proves. Don’t miss the ballroom for a vision of Victorian splendour.

The Tudor of Lichfield

The Tudor of Lichfield

The Tudor of Lichfield
Location: Lichfield House, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LL

The Tudor has a marvellous history and a great culinary tradition from the quirky chocolates in the little shop to the characterful rooms with traditional settings. Teacakes and a cup of Earl Grey will suffice and peer through the windows an imagine the Lichfield of Samuel Johnson.

The Ruby
Location: 29 St. John Street, Lichfield, WS13 6NU

The Ruby is an institution in Lichfield providing the full range Chinese menu for many years. The room is intimate and varied and not a massive eating space. There are large tables for bigger parties and the staff will always accommodate you. A Chinese guest of ours approved of the dish selection and the quality of the cooking. Interestingly the “delivery” service manages to produce the same quality items on a regular basis.

Lal Bagh Indian Cuisine
Location: 9 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6PW

Has always been my first port of call for an Indian meal in Lichfield while the décor has changed and improved the cooking remains very consistent. Good quality ingredients well spiced and well presented combined with very attentive service makes it a sure fire hit with guests – take-away or delivery always very good.

The Owl @ Lichfield – NEWLY OPEN as of Autumn 2014
Location: London Road, Lichfield, WS14 9QH
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The Shoulder of Mutton I believe has a long and varied history being in a “good location” on the way into the city. However it has gone through many mutations over the years most recently unsuccessful ones so we wish the best for the new owner. My first visit to the Owl was for a swift lunch with a colleague. The layout will be familiar to anyone who has previously been but it has had an interesting facelift although the Owl motif is a bit of a mystery. We ordered a ham and mustard sandwich but got two gammon slices with a poached egg some salad and chips. It was only their second day I think and the keen staff were unsure of the complexities of the computer system – but the food was very good if not what was ordered. As I said ‘work in progress’ and good luck. I must say I have had other promising reports of the dining room.

Thai Rainbow
Location: 15 Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PW
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We have always had lovely food & service at the Thai Rainbow and last night was no exception. We were made very welcome, with pleasant attentive service. We were there quite early but the place was soon filling up and buzzing – a nice atmosphere. Our food was wonderful (the veggie set menu), and the Thai Red Curry was one of the most delicious dishes I have ever eaten. Really excellent. Thanks to Cathy Brown for the review!

Damn Fine Cafe
Location: 16 Bird Street, Lichfield WS13 6PR
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We’ve just had a lovely lunch at Damn Fine Cafe, there’s a good (if limited) vegetarian selection and some gluten-free choices too. The food is fine, and the service really sets the place apart – friendly & efficient. We really like it in there. Thanks to Cathy Brown for the review!

Eastern Eye
Location: 19b Bird Street, Lichfield WS13 6PW

Highly praised for its cuisine and managed by the somewhat eccentric Abdul – famed for producing the biggest curry in the world (or was it Naan?). Number one on Trip advisor which can’t be bad!

Ristorante Sorrento
Location: 28 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6PR

Italian in all ways but has mixed reviews.

The Plough Inn, Huddlesford
Location: Huddlesford Lane, Huddlesford, Lichfield, WS13 8PY

Great location canalside and very popular in the summer. Very traditional English pub feel with good food.

The Acorn Inn and The Gatehouse
Location: The Acorn Inn, 16-18 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, WS13 6JJ
Location: The Gatehouse, 1 Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PW
The Acorn Inn and The Gatehouse

A J.D. Wetherspoon duo. Well-managed, well-organised, good value. Everything you expect from Wetherspoons and usually busy.

Frankie & Benny’s
Location: Wall’s Island, Birmingham Road, Lichfield, WS14 0QP

Part of a chain owned by the Restaurant Group plc, providing an ersatz New York dining experience – good value, fast food, same everywhere.

The Malt Bar
Location: 55 Wade Street, Lichfield, WS13 6HL

Beers, wines and hearty grub!

The Bowling Green
Location: Friary Road, Lichfield, WS13 6QJ

Traditional Lichfield location with a long history – now an Ember Inn but reliable, reasonable and spacious.

Darwins at the George
Location: Best Western The George Hotel, 12-14 Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PR

New refurb new menu

Location: 30 Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PR

Indian Fusion restaurant and lounge bar.

The Wine House
Location: 27 Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PW

An excellent room – well laid out with an interesting menu aspiring to the top level of cuisine. This was a special event to try the Nine Course taster – wow we did not quite do everything justice in the end but it was a great way to experience the range of the cooking on offer at the Wine House. I like the ambience and the setting and as for the meal – love the trio of soups, the Thai Duck was pink and juicy, Scallops and tea worked very well – the cod delicate. At this point we had to pause as we were told that the portions were smaller than normal – however I would still describe them as generous! The pig three ways was great and the lamb perfect. Make sure you are hungry if you go for this….very hungry!

Some Pubs

The Crown – 12-14 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6JJ
Dr. Johnson (60s pub) – Netherstowe Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6TS
Duke of York Greenhill (Joule’s Brewery) – 23/25 Greenhill, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6DY; Website
The Earl of Lichfield Arms – 8 Conduit Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6JR
The Fountain – 169 Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7BG
The George & Dragon (a beer aficionado’s pub) – 28 Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7AJ
George IV (recently re-invented) – 4 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LU
The Hedgehog – Stafford Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JB; Website and Facebook
The Horse and Jockey – Freeford Bridge, Tamworth Road, Lichfield, WS14 9JE
The Horse and Jockey (A different one!) – 8-10 Sandford Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6QA
The King’s Head (A coaching inn dating from 1408!) – Bird Street, WS13 6PW; Website