Stoke City – Britannia Stadium

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Britannia StadiumBuilding work commenced on the Britannia Stadium, in late 1996, as a replacement for Stoke’s former (now demolished) Victoria Ground.

With a build cost approaching £15 million, work was completed in August 1997. The all-seater stadium holds 28,383 supporters in four cantilever stands. The main West stand consists of two tiers of seating plus corporate and media facilities. Dressing rooms, offices, boardroom and the club merchandise outlet are positioned between the West and South stands.

Away fans are housed on one side (towards the Players Tunnel and Main Stand) of the South Stand at one end of the ground. Unusually, the teams access the pitch from one corner of the ground, between the South Stand and the West Stand. Subject to Stoke establishing themselves in the Premiership, the ground could be extended to accommodate over 30,000 spectators.

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How to get to the Britannia Stadium

By Road:
britannia stadium directionsThe Britannia Stadium is located on Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4EG.

Away fans driving from the North should follow the M1 as far as junction 24, exiting onto the A50 in the direction of Stoke. The stadium is clearly signed near the junction with the A500. From the North West, the M6 route is advised, exiting at junction 15 onto the A500. Follow the A500 as far as its junction with the A50. Exit the A50 at the first junction.

Drivers arriving from the South East are advised to follow the M1, exiting onto the A50 at junction 24, following signage for Stoke-on-Trent. From the South West, the M5 / M6 route is advised. Exit the M6 at junction 15, following the A500 as far as the A50 junction. Take the first exit from the A50. In each of the last 3 cases, the ground is visible from just before the A500 dual carriageway.


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By Rail:
stoke train stationThe nearest station to the Britannia Stadium is Stoke-on-Trent, on the mainline from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston. The station is some 3 miles from the ground, so visiting fans are advised to take a taxi or catch a bus from nearby Glebe Street. On exiting the station, turn right and follow Station road as far as the Roebuck Hotel, turning right into Leek Road. Cross the dual carriageway into Glebe Street. Buses depart at 15-minute intervals from the church on the left. After the match, return buses depart from behind the East Stand. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The closest airport is East Midlands Airport, some 36 miles from the stadium, while Manchester International is about 44 miles away. Air travellers are advised to use Manchester airport, which offers frequent direct links to Stoke, with a journey time of just over an hour. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Stoke-on-trent that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Stoke-on-trent Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

britannia stadium parkingVisiting fans should not be tempted to park on waste ground near the Britannia, as the Local Authority is vigilant and a parking ticket is a certainty. For the official South car park, follow the A500 towards Stoke, exiting at the first junction and turning right at the large roundabout towards Stafford (A34). Turn left at the small roundabout and carry on for some 3 miles. Upon reaching a set of lights with industrial units on the right, turn left into Stanley Matthews Way. Limited parking may be found at sites near the old Victoria Ground. Follow the A500 past its junction with the A34 (the stadium is visible on the right). Exit the A500 at the next junction and turn left.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Britannia Stadium

pubs near britannia stadiumDue to its isolated location, there are few pubs near the Britannia Stadium and most fans recommend getting a drink on the way into Stoke. However, there is a Harvester pub next to the ground, which is “away friendly” and offers reasonably priced parking.

Inside the stadium, alcohol is served at a bar at the rear of the South Stand, though queues can be very long.

Hotels near the Britannia Stadium

holiday inn express stoke on trentThe Express By Holiday Inn Stoke-On-Trent, Stanley Matthews Way, Trentham Lakes, Stoke-On-Trent ST4 4EG, located within a stone’s throw of the ground, has attracted excellent guest reviews and offers friendly service, modern facilities and value for money. Free on-site parking is available. holiday inn stoke on trent

A little further from the Britannia Stadium (just over 2 miles) The Holiday Inn Stoke on Trent, Clayton Road, Clayton, Stoke-on-Trent ST5 4DL is conveniently situated near junction 15 of the M6. Guest have remarked upon the friendly service, comfortable surroundings, excellent food and value for money. Free on-site parking is available.


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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Britannia Stadium?

away fans stokeThe majority of visiting fans have been impressed by the imposing, eye-catching appearance of the Britannia Stadium with its hilltop location. The covered South Stand, with windshields at either end has also been a hit with visiting fans. Though some visitors found it a little steep, the vast majority were impressed by the proximity to the playing action, the excellent view and ample legroom.

The proximity of the home fans does not generally appear to be a problem, with friendly banter exchanged between the two sets of supporters. The main complaint from visiting fans has been the lack of stewarding in the car parks after the match, leading to extensive delays in exiting the ground.

Your comments about Stoke City – Britannia Stadium


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  1. Duff CFC

    There are no good pubs near to the ground but if your arriving by train head to the wheatsheaf wetherspoon pub on church street which is probably the only place to let in away fans and it is only round the corner from the buses which take you directly to the ground.

    Stoke fans are famous for there atmosphere and inside the ground is always fairly intimidating but generally a brilliant day out. The concourse is cramped and queeing for beer can be a nightmare but we had a good sing song before the game and at half time and was a bit menatl in the concourse to be fair.

    after the game a bus is provided outside the away end to take you right back to the station.


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  3. Chris

    The Brittania Stadium is a strange ground it has the appearence of a typical modern stadium yet the atmosphere created in the ground by Stoke fans is amazing. I travelled by car to this 1 so can’t really comment on getting to the stadium by train. I hear that there is a bus that takes you from the station to the ground for free but I’m not 100% sure. There is quite a lot of parking around Stoke’s ground at the relatively cheap price of a fiver. From these car parks it’s about a 3 minute walk to the away end. You will then end up on a road with a harvester pub which seemed to have a good mix of home and away fans, although it seems to be very busy and hard to get in to. Around the away end there is large fencing and the coaches a crammed into a small holding area near the turnstiles. There are police manning the entrace to this area although nobody checked out tickets when entering. Despite this I didn’t feel threatened and the majority of Stoke fans were freindly enough. There were plenty of Everton fans waliking round with colours without a hint of animosity from Stoke fans, although I would advise you not to wear colours around the ground. I don’t know why there’s such a heavy police presence, all away coaches will be forced to park outside the away end. I don’t know why Stoke seems to be classed as a dangerous away day as I felt reasonably safe. We had a good sing song in the concourse before the game with unfortunately we couldn’t replicate inside the ground. Inside the ground there is a group of Stoke supporters situated to the right on the away fans near the back, by the divide that spend much of the game abusing the away fans. While there wasn’t any menace and it wasn’t really intimidating it can be quite unpleasant at times. There doesn’t seem to be any real stewarding towards the back of the South Stand menaing fans on both sides can get away with quite a lot. I’ve got to say Stoke fans were very loud during the game they make a real racket. They have 2 ends that make a real racket. It was the noisiest away ground I’ve ever experienced. Being Stoke’s last home game the majority of fans stayed in the ground to watch their teams lap of honour. The game ended in a dull 0 0 draw. We weren’t kept in the ground and we made a quick getaway. This may be different on other occasions you may be penned in the away area until the home fans have dispersed. Not as bad as reported but not a ground if you like a drink and some freedom.


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  5. Simon

    We arrived by train and the buses for away fans are outside the station and cost £3 return (I think). The return buses are in the away car park and are great as you get a police escort through the traffic lights to the station. First time we went we did wander around amongst the home fans outside the stadium with no problems at all although a policeman didn’t recommend the home fans bus!


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  7. jack mahon

    spot on place. we went for a beer in the leisure centre near the ground. home fans friendly and atmosphere in the ground is boss


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  9. Chris

    The britannia stadium is amazing, the stoke fans create one hell of an atmosphere! obviously with the thousands of geordies’ there and the vocal home support the game made for a great occasion, with a rip roaring atmosphere. The game ended 1-1, Andy Carroll came off the bench to score a header, at this point the away end alomost exploded with noise!
    But in general stoke is great, probably the best away game i’ve ever been to.


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    • Dave W

      You’re a fantacist. Newcastle haven’t played Stoke in the prem this season or the last and when we do (later today) Andy Carroll certainly won’t be coming off the bench for the mags cos he’ll be training for his game for the hub cap stealers tomorrow against the mackems. Clown!


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      • Chris

        He means in the 2008/09 season you plank :L When Abdoulaye Faye scored a header for the potters, and as he said Andy Carroll came of the bench to equalize.


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  11. Ashley Jinks

    A fantastic day out, despite our loss. The stewards and Police wer$e very helpful and friendly. We had a great view from our seats, all be it a little cramped.

    I had read reviews that the Stoke fans were very noisy, and the loudest fans in England( it says this on their tickets), this was rubbish, the only singing was coming from the Brighton Fans( even when we were losing), I was very dissapointed with the Stoke fans.

    Food inside the ground was not too bad, however it can take a long time to be served.

    Overall a very enjoyble experince


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  13. liam wratten

    went to stoke last sunday, dissapointed that their was plenty of empty seats in the stoke end. (even tho we took over 4500). stoke fans were loud but only after they scored, and at the end when they were about to win.
    funny ground, in the middle of nowhere. we found one away friendly pub but there was a que of about 100 people… and they wer’nt selling alcohol in the ground.
    after the game the police kept us outside the ground for about 45 mins which was taking the mick, considering we had lost and just wanted to get home.
    hope stoke loose to bolton in the semi-final , despite the fact that between the two sides they wont fill one end at wembley.


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  15. Ben Mag

    We got beat 4-0 one of the worst performance’s I have seen, in a summary Stoke fans are loud when they score other than that they dont sing, we were outsinging them at 3-0, the grounds awful it looks like something from the 1980’s, the city’s awful and the people are awful!

    Absolute Hole!


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  17. Liam Hall

    went to stoke when we lost 4-0 stayed in a B& B 15 minutes from the ground and found that there was nothing to do when we got outside the ground very little atmosphere in and around the pubs, the only thing good was that the geordies did not stop singing even when they were 3-0 down and it was a nice day, yeh stoke is loud but only when they score and they only have one song that doesnt make sense, and the night out was rubbish so all in all absoloute hole!


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    • Eddie Woodbine

      A few bitter Newcastle, West Ham and Brighton fans here then! Maybe if you’d looked a bit harder you would have found a bit more to cheer yourselves up and take your mind off the fact you were all outplayed.

      On a more adult note, the ground isn’t the best and isn’t in a good location. If you’re sensible and not in a group I’d suggest for a pre-match pint a couple of pubs in Stoke Town Centre – White Star (Titanic Brewery), The Glebe (Joules Brewery) – both a minutes walk from the shuttle buses in Glebe Street (£3 return). If you’re making an evening of it I’d suggest Stoke Town centre for a decent mix of pubs and curry houses,or Newcastle-under-Lyme for a livelier pub/club scene.

      For a family, try the excellent Trentham Estate with shops, cafes and (for a charge) excellent formal gardens and lake with large kids play area. There’s a hotel on site there too (Premier Inn). And its only a 45 minute stroll to the ground along the Trent & Mersey canal – nice way to get to the ground. Make a weekend of it and there is also Waterworld the area’s largest indoor water park, Skate City at Hanley Forest Park (the UK’s biggest outdoor skate/board/BMX facility), a Monkey Park (no jokes please), and the largest number of urban parks of any city outside London.

      I’m obviously biased, but try a weekend here and ignore the stereotype image of Stoke.


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  19. Liam staz

    Fyi liam wratten – we did fill our end at wembley, twice! And the noise has died down since the novelty has worn off I must admit! But as for newcastle outsinging us, what happened at st james’ park when we beat you 2-1 it was like a morgue!


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  21. Rob T

    There are better parking areas now for everyone on Grove Road which is on the other side of the A50. Just Google it and you’ll see it. Industrial Estates and Schools etc all charging 4 quid. Couple of pubs and clubs in the area too. Plus burger vans. Its a 15 minute walk to the ground over a footbridge.


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  23. jay

    We sold out our wembley allocation thank you, oh yeah we got extra tickets too

    Brighton fan, why would we be loud v brighton! its a bad fixture and interests nobody and from what i can remember your support was just as bad.

    West Ham fan, another bitter one, i was in the boothen and heard your fans once, that was when you scored a goal that was a handball.

    Newcastle fans, ohh bitter? get over yourself! your stadium looks like its still got scaffolding up it and what a joke that away fans have to walk up a lot of stares to get to their seat!

    The Britannia Stadium is a modern day stadium and very good for anyone who wants to come.

    Up the Potters


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  25. sean

    Went to Stoke in december of this season. Firstly, its in the middle of nowhere, so went straight to the ground for a drink. Got to the ground quite early, and theres plenty of parking around the ground which seems good until you try and get out after the game. Took over an hour to get out of the car park. Concourse was tight but just meant a better atmosphere before the game. Got to my seats and had a great view, stoke fans were quite loud but only when they scored really. They fans located to the right of the away fans like to give some banter, but they really couldnt take it. This was the game of Foy having a shocker so wasnt good, shouldn’t have lost 2-1, cheated out of it. Spurs fans were on form. Coming out of the ground i had a tottenham hat on and received no comments. Overall a decent day out


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  27. Dave

    For the past 3 years When we play Stoke we stop off before the game at a great club just off junction M6 15 it is onlt 10 minutes away from the Britannia. Great atmosphere. Highly recommended. It takes coaches too. I think you have to book though. They have a web page with their details. http://www.matchdayaway.co.uk.


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  29. Amanda Catmur

    Trent Car Park
    There is also car parking south of the stadium on Stanley Matthews Way between Screwfix and the Stadium opposite Pets at Home (Sat Nav ST4 8GR ) . It costs £5 and always has spare spaces (Capacity 250 but never full). You can get to this car park via Stanley Mathews Way from the A50 or Trentham Road.

    After the match all traffic goes south which means you avoid all the congestion by the stadium. It may take a few minutes longer to walk to but the exit on to Stanley Mathews Way and out on to Trentham Road is quick.

    See website : http://www.parkbythebritannia.co.uk/


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  31. Gary Parsons

    We went to the Britannia stadium for our final match in the 2011/12 season. We drew 2-2 and we got relegated!

    We travelled by train from Warrington, then to Manchester and finally on to Stoke. The train had a number of transport police on board, which I didn’t mind. When we arrived at Stoke, there was quite a large police contingent at the train station, which I thought was reassuring. We turned to our left and there is a taxi rank, we just got a taxi to the ground, I think the fee was around £8.00, which was worth , the ground is kind of in the middle of nowhere really.

    When we got to the ground, we went straight into the Harvester pub, which was full of Bolton fans and some Stoke fans, there was no hint of any trouble and I would highly recommend this pub.

    Inside the ground, I was anticipating a hostile atmosphere, but it was actually quite the opposite, there are Stoke fans next to you behind the goal, but they seemed quite friendly and they weren’t hostile whatsoever. The stewards were also fine.

    At half time, we had a couple of drinks in the concourse, which was well staffed and easy to get served, unlike Wigan!!

    All in all, a really enjoyable day out, the stadium isn’t anything special, but I would still highly recommend an away game there.


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  33. Eddie Cooney

    What a mixed experience we had visiting Stoke last season. I parked at the far end of Stanley Matthews Way in a business car park. It cost me £3 and was a 15-minute walk to the ground but it was great for getting away after the game.The walk to the ground was ok in the sun but I could see it being a pain in the winter and would try to park nearer to the ground.The view of the stadium along the way is quite grand. There are loads of private car parks along Stanley Matthews Way. Stoke fans were friendly and recommended places to go. I met my brother, who travelled from the opposit end of the country, in the Harvester Pub next to the ground. There were bouncers on the door of the pub and queues waiting but everything was very pleasant, atmosphere-wise. Not really my kind of pub but we had a decent pint. Inside the ground things started to go wrong. I was starving but they only had meat and potato pies that tasted like cardboard. There are lots of positive comments here about the seating but my speck was on the far left of the away end and uncovered. It started to rain and a wind blew through the gap in the stands making it cold and miserable. We then proceeded to lose the match 1-0 to the most woeful football display from the home side I’ve seen in a long, long time. It was like watching Wimbledon in the 1980s. Hateful. Why anyone in the modern age would pay money to see Stoke City is beyond me. Tony Pulis’ response to criticism on TV was a joke. I don’t mind losing to the better team and I have many times but I left Stoke cold, wet and miserable. Good luck to Stoke and their fans. If that’s what you want then that’s your choice but I will never return to this ground until there is a change in management.


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  35. jo barratt

    Stopped at a brilliant venue on route to Britannia Stadium police escort to the ground, got food and reasonable prices on the beer ,it was well organised- spot on place

    http://www.matchdayaway.co.uk


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  37. LG

    Went ealier this year in a 1-1 draw.

    There was a massive police presence, police escort, metal fencing around away section, proper searches outside the ground etc…. but all for no reason I found. The only Stoke fans attempting to intimidate or offend our travelling fans were a bunch of 14 year old, spotty nerds who clearly had watched Green Street one to many times. Apart from some immaturity, the home fans were good, has to be said when they get singing Delilah, it really does sound good!

    Ground in the middle of a kind of retail park, no pubs or anything to do, we stopped off in Sandbatch for our pub on the way there.
    Good day out, would have been better if we could have won, all in all its a good, safe away ground.


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  39. James

    Easy ground to find with ample parking nearby. A pub close by with both fans was easily accessible and no trouble. View from the away end is good with plenty of banter between the two sets of fans. The one thing I noticed was the unbelievable noise generated from the home support – deafening!!

    To be fair we were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw with Drogba heading an equaliser.

    Only gripe was the time it takes to get out afterwards…


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  41. Nick

    Just been the Britannia stadium today to watch stoke play against my beloved royals. Nice enough ground but no atmosphere what so ever , which did suprise me because i heard there fans were meant to be good ? aha our travelling 1,500 out chanted them throughout the whole ninety minutes. overall disappointing trip, nothing to do around the stadium and stoke city fans were boring, and as were there team.


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  43. jonny cope

    cant believe there are so many negative comments, the pub just across the road from the britania was away friendly, for those saying there was none, i think it was called the harvester (i may be wrong but it had 5 a side astro turfed football pitches outside it). If traveling on the train (which i would recomend) you take a short 2/3 minute walk to the universitys students union who provide very cheap drinks, thirty minutes before the game you then board busses which take you straight to the ground, after the game the same busses will return you to the train station, fantastic idea and a fantastic trip, the away end is very good and provides good views from any seat, ignore the bad reputation stoke may of had in the past, i would very much recomend an away day here


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  45. Chris

    My first trip to the Britannia not bad friendly place and the Hloiday Inn i went in for a few pintst before the match and got talking to some of the Stoke Fans but inside the ground we created most of the atmosphere the home fans didnt sing much at all we lost the game but i have 2 say the ground is frezzing during the winter months so if u do go stoke i suggest u rap up warm but i have say i would happly vist the Britannia Staduuim again.


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  47. dan

    The home fans generated next to no atmosphere, however there was a great atmosphere in our end despite loosing 2-0, absaloutely nothing to do around the stadium only pub nearby is a harvester that welcomes away fans, once arriving by coach there is nothing more to do than go straight into the stadium, as coaches and minibuses park directly outside the entrance to the away end


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  49. James

    I went to stoke back in 2013 where we lost 2-0. I arrived at the stadium by coach with plenty of time to spare so I walked to some shop called bargain booze which is quite a walk away from the stadium, especially being an away fan not knowing the area well. After that I waited outside the stadium for the turnstiles to open, a steward took the top off my bottle, as they are quite strict compared to other grounds I’ve been too. As I entered the stadium there was a great atmosphere in the bar area. I liked the view at stoke which was great behind the goal next to the tunnel in the Corner. The stoke fans were loud at times singing that Delilaha chant which sounds great when it echo’s though the stadium. Sunderland chanted all the way though the game despite losing and being down to 10 men. Stoke is a great day out and an easy place to get to when traveling from north England, I would rate this 7/10. Great day out and hopefully go back next season if we stay up.


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  51. Tony

    Stadium is great, good view and lots of space, I was expecting the Stoke fans to create an atmosphere and it to be quite intimidating but didn’t hear them sing at all even after they scored, however if you’re following a premiership team there I think they probably up their game. There is nothing outside the ground really, I went to the harvester which offered very cheap drinks but if you are planning on eating there leave plenty of time. Ground prices were pretty good aswell in terms of food, drinks and tickets.


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  53. Graeme Coxon

    We did Stoke last season (13-14), and we are doing it again in a couple of weeks and can’t wait.
    We took over the Harvester Pub last time..
    Stadium is decent enought, a little strange especially for a new build.
    Atmosphere from the Stoke fans was average.. and its a brilliant view from the away end.
    Only let down is the ground is out of town and in the middle of nowhere.


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    • Graeme Coxon

      Well, What can I say. We ventured into the town last night, and what an unwelcoming place. maybe I am just used to north east hospitallity…… Never Again!


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  55. Wreds rxm

    The Wrexham following was kept behind for one hour after the game by the police which seemed strange to me. Dont know if this is normal practice for the away fans at stoke. A long time to wait – the only other time ive experienced this was abroad. It was freezing too – the stoke home stand behind that goal must be well prepared for the gales and fog fair play to em


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  57. Squeekster

    The Glebe just around the corner from the station is a great pub and always has a good mix of Stoke and away fans and is a real ale pub so a great drink, we get a range of family’s and all ages and it does good food as well.

    You will not get any trouble unless like at any other town or city you go looking for it.

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