We’re always looking for places to eat after a great walk on the Chase and to be honest, there aren’t too many to choose from. That’s why I was so glad to find the Seven Stars at Brocton, a fantastic gastro pub near Cannock Chase. It’s only a 15 minute drive from Birches Valley, the starting point for some of our favourite walks and has quickly come our “go to” when we fancy a treat.
The Food at the Seven Stars
Design, service and choice are all important things to consider when choosing where to eat but quality of food is top for us. Luckily the quality at the Seven Stars, Brocton is top notch. We’ve visited several times over the past year and have never been disappointed by the standard of the food. The menu is extensive and changes with the season with several specials options. I love the crispy tempura beef salad which has just the right amount of spice whilst Nigel will opt for one of the classics like pork belly or pie. Prices range from £13 up to over £25. It’s always beautifully presented and packed full of flavour.
If you don’t fancy a huge meal they have a great lunch menu offering sandwiches, soups and salads. You can order off this menu between 12 and 5pm.
Sunday Lunch at the Seven Stars, Brocton
Nothing beats a slap up Sunday dinner in a great gastro pub. No cooking, no washing up and perfectly presented food. The Sunday lunch at the Seven Stars is brilliant and plenty big enough to fill even the hungriest of tummies. Sunday lunch is available between 12 and 5.30 at is £15.95 for one course, £20.95 for two courses and £24.95 for three courses.
There’s always a choice of three meats or you could really indulge and go for the beef AND ham option. I always opt for the beef which comes perfectly tender and pink in the middle. All roasts are served with perfectly crisp roast potatoes, fluffy yorkshire puddings and a huge serving of vegetables. Importantly there’s always plenty of gravy and you can ask for any sauce you fancy.
Vegan and vegetarian options at the Seven Stars
Plenty of vegan and veggie options are really important to us. Sometimes I fancy going meat free and my best friend is vegan, I hate taking her somewhere where there’s only one option. The Seven Stars are great at looking after all requirements. The menu clearly shows what is vegan or vegetarian, the sunday lunch option tends to be a mushroom kiev but you can always order off the main menu. these options include breaded goats cheese, shepherds pie, macaroni gratin and burgers. The kitchen is always happy to discuss requirements and will strive to make something you fancy if you can’t find anything on the menu.
For another great pub near Cannock Chase with similar design I also recommend the Meynell Ingram Arms in Hoar Cross. It’s a but further out being a 25 minutes drive but its does an absolutely cracking Sunday Lunch.
Design of the Seven Star, Brocton
This is an absolutely beautiful pub. Heading through the front door feels like you’ve walked into an interiors magazine. It’s all rich velvets and cosy bench seats all in deep blues, greens and mustards. It’s sophisticated and stylish with several different areas and intimate alcoves to dine or drink.
The building itself is over 400 years old and they’ve sensitively incorporated original features into the modern design.
Is the Seven Stars child friendly?
Absolutely! My daughter loves the Seven Stars and always asks to pop in after a stomp across the Chase. They have a really great kids menu which is split into those with smaller appetites and those who like a bigger meal. She will always opt for the soup to start which is great value at under £3 and then a small version of the Sunday roast and then the pasta, chicken tenders or kids burger. These are all between £6 and £8. Finishing with the absolutely delicious double chocolate brownie.
If the weathers good enough there’s a large playing field behind the pub where kids can have a little run around or bring a ball. Parents can sit on one of the benches to finish their drinks and keep an eye on them.
Seven Stars Tipi and Beer Garden
The Seven Stars has one of the best beer gardens in Staffordshire. It has plenty of space, plenty of bench seats and is a lovely little sun trap on a clear day. If the weather does turn wet then book a table in the newly introduced tipi. It’s beautifully decorated in a rustic design and makes dining out feel like a real occasion. During the winter months the central fireplace will keep you cosy and warm. You can hire the whole tipi for a special occasion and order a buffet style spread with prices starting at £24.95 per person.
How to get to the Seven Stars, Brocton
This great pub near Cannock Chase is easy to find on the Cannock Road. From Birches Valley head through the Chase on the Penkridge Bank road heading East. Turn right at the crossroads towards Brocton. Join the A34 and keep going until you pass the Chetwynd Arms on your left. The Seven Stars is just along the road again on the left.
Seven Stars Brocton Address
Find out more on the Seven Stars Website.
Walks to try before visiting the Seven Stars
The Seven Stars is just a ten minutes drive from Shugborough Hall. have a look at my recommended walks from Shugborough. Or for an easy walk from Birches Valley, try the Fairoak trail. The Cannock Chase stepping stones walk from the punchbowl car park is one of my favourite walks with kids as they love splashing through the river.
I really hope you’ll give the Seven Stars a Brocton a try the next time you feel like treating yourself to a yummy meal out. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. What’s your favourite pub near Cannock Chase? Let me know in the comments below so I can give it a go.