Swadlincote Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Swadlincote

December 18, 2017 Alice Mieles

Swadlincote is a town in Derbyshire, England, near the borders with Leicestershire and Staffordshire. It lies about 5 miles (8 km) south-east of Burton-upon-Trent, 5 miles (8 km) north-west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and 12.5 miles (20 km) due south of Derby. It is an unparished area in the South Derbyshire district, of which it is the largest town and administrative centre. Swadlincote covers also the districts of Newhall and Midway, and the contiguous villages of Church Gresley and Woodville. Their combined population is about 36,000. Castle Gresley lies less than 2 miles (3 km) to the south-west and Albert Village 1.5 miles (2 km) to the south, within Leicestershire.
Things to do in Swadlincote

1. Zamani's Restaurant

11 Rushton Yard Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1AL, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1530 560719
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 776 reviews

Zamani's Restaurant

Reviewed By daisyflower13 - derbyshire

Went to a joint baby shower this weekend at Zamanis’s and had the best afternoon. Excellent hospitality from the owners and staff who catered for a large number of people. Food was excellent as usual. Thank yo7 for making it such a special day for the two beautiful mummies to be.

2. The Mill Wheel

31 Ticknall Road | Hartshorne, Derbyshire, England, Hartshorne DE11 7AS, England Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1283 219737
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

The Mill Wheel

The Mill Wheel is now under new ownership. Please ignore reviews prior to 22nd January 2016. We offer quality food and drink in a friendly and cosy atmosphere. Please check out our website for more information. We hope to see you soon.

Reviewed By muncher5 - Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Lived in Hartshorne for around 5 years now and before this place was taken over it was awful, greasy food and bad service. Now it’s some very new owners, very friendly, and they do a mean steak Sandwich with extras, sweet potato fries are glorious, great price. They’re happy to come out and say hi to the dogs too which is very nice. I’m looking forward to going back this summer.

3. 50's American Diner

John Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote DE11 8EJ, England Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$102 - HK$157 +44 1283 220050
Excellent
65%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 540 reviews

50's American Diner

The diner is open friday 5pm til 9pm saturday 12 noon til 9pm and sunday 12 noon til 7pm to book please give us a call the diner has received a 5 star food hygeine rating for the last 11 years and is the highest rating available We have recently won The Food Awards category " Best World Cuisine" both in the Midlands and in England.

Reviewed By Mark D - Derby, United Kingdom

We booked as a family for a Mothers Day treat, and despite having enjoyed the experience here previously we were subjected to pretty poor service on this occasion. Admittedly they were busy...it was Mothers Day, however we had booked in advance. We were ignored completely as we entered the restaurant for the first 5 long minutes, then upon acknowledgement by one of the key staff, we were asked to bear with them, they were busy. I asked approximately how long she thought it may be until we were seated, she replied 5 minutes or so......So we were very disappointed to still be waiting without any further acknowledgement 20 minutes later. I asked again how long she thought it would be until we were seated...no realistic answer part from you can have a free drink on us while you wait.....WE HAD ALREADY WAITED 25 MINUTES WITH NO DRINK OR ANY REAL COMMUNICATION ON YOUR PART....so after asking the rest of our party if we should wait longer or seek out a meal elsewhere, we decided total our business elsewhere. This was a very poor performance from the Diner staff as a whole ..... A lost family of customers I am afraid 50s diner.....Not that I am sure you will have any issue with our decision....

4. Montanaro's

5 Midland Road, Swadlincote DE11 0AG, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$251 - HK$314 +44 1283 220009
Excellent
79%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Montanaro's

Telephone 01283 220009. Postcode DE11 0AG

Reviewed By bobbie p - Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom

Montanaro's is a true gem of a find. This restaurant offers friendly, intimate surroundings. Staff are really friendly, happy to interact and share a laugh with diners. Inside is only small but clean and nicely presented. Food was amazing, steaks cooked to perfection, prawn dish delicious and the portion sizes were enough for any one. Good selection of wine, well worth a visit as a couple, a group or a party. Give Montanaro's a visit, you won't be disappointed. This was our first visit for my birthday celebration but it won't be our last

5. Cricketts Inn

Burton Road | Acresford, Acresford, Swadlincote DE12 8AP, England Buffet, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1283 760359
Excellent
43%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
12%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 424 reviews

Cricketts Inn

Gastro pub Country Dining. we provide an extensive home cooked menu with an ever changing specials board. We can guarantee an item on our menu that will suit every taste. All of our food is freshly prepared on site with a carvery served every Sunday and theme nights throughout the week. Book in advance to avoid disappointment

Reviewed By Sylvia E - Pornic, France

Went for lunch with two friends and menu sounded lovely. The waitresses were friendly, helpful and very hard working but the food was a real disappointment.
One of us ordered chicken, pea and leek risotto and the two of us ordered roast salmon with broad beans, beetroot mash, broccoli and chive butter.
The risotto was a huge dish of gloopy, white rice and white chicken with a serving of rocket. It looked so unappetising and our friend sent it back and had scampi I stead which was fine.
The salmon was nicely presented but the veg had no seasoning and were so bland you couldn’t taste anything. The salmon hadn’t been roasted but tasted as if it had been cooked in a hot plate used for burgers and suchlike. It was oily and sour and tasted of meat that I do not eat. The taste lingered in our mouths for ages afterwards.
The puddings were fine and the ambience was good but the place was cold which didn’t help.
We have been many times in the past but have heard many bad reports recently. We thought we would give it a chance but none of us will be going back.

6. Favourite Thai

7-8 Market Place, Burton upon Trent DE14 1HA, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1283 536099
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 532 reviews

Favourite Thai

post code DE14 1HA phone no- 01283 536099

Reviewed By RubyLancs - Preston, United Kingdom

Well how lucky you folks in Burton on Trent are to have this amazing little gem.
The food is exceptional, the menu excellent selection, the presentation stunning, the service ''with a smile'' so friendly and courteous and value for money is amazing.
We called by chance and got in straight away ( it was an odd time) and could not believe what we had stumbled on!
Ive travelled the world Thai is my favourite and Ive been to many top restaurants in the UK - yet this has topped them all.
The building may not be fantastic but they have done their best and it is pleasant enough to eat in - even the tables are lovely and clean and don't have that sticky ''not cleaned properly'' feel to them.
if this was local to me I would go every day - i will certainly be finding an excuse to go back soon. Takeaway is also an option...

If you know anything about Thai, You wont be disappointed,

7. Pinocchio's

86 High Street | Town Centre, Burton upon Trent, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1283 537526
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

Pinocchio's

Marianna Frusciante, and her partner Paul Cookson, became the new proprietors of Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant in 2005.This was somewhat of a homecoming, as Marianna’s father Antonio, had first opened and ran the restaurant for three years in the 1980’s. It was then known as 'Torino’s, in the former Bargates Shopping centre.Now pinocchios is serving up home cooked Italian food in friendly relaxed surroundings.

Reviewed By JHolyhead - Sutton Coldfield

It’s always nice to find a family run restaurant where people are passionate about providing great customer service. The food is lovely and the restaurant clearly benefits from regular repeat customers and you can see why. Service is attentive but not fussy, portions are good and the food is high quality. We will definitely be visiting again.

8. Langan's Tea Rooms

George Street, Burton upon Trent DE14 1DP, England Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1283 500141
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 284 reviews

Langan's Tea Rooms

Langan’s Tea Rooms, Burton on Trent and Cannock, are owned by the O’Connor Gateway Charitable Trust and run as a social Enterprise. Enjoy traditional home-cooked food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients in the elegant surroundings of Burton House in the heart of Burton-on-Trent and Number 95, High Green in Cannock. Langan’s Tea Rooms serve freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches, including Sunday lunch, and traditional afternoon teas. All revenue is ploughed back into community services to provide education, training and employment for those individuals who have undergone rehabilitation at the BAC O’Connor centres in Staffordshire. All profits help the staff & volunteers gain qualifications and valuable skills within a supportive environment. All staff in the Tea Rooms are graduates of the BAC O’Connor Centre. Langan’s Tea Rooms is there to help support your community working with you to make a difference to Burton, Cannock and surrounding areas, so please support us.

Reviewed By jensenfrome - Bath, Somerset, UK

Three pieces of granary bread topped with the most wonderful mix of Cheddar cheese, mustard and Worcester Sauce, all grilled to perfection. Set me up for the day .. no need to eat again!
Am told their bacon sarnies are great too .. that's for next time!

9. Bulls Head

1 Woodville Road, Hartshorne DE11 7ET, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1283 215299
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Bulls Head

Reviewed By Sue_H800 - Lichfield, United Kingdom

Went to the bulls head not been for some time not for any particular reason, went with my husband and parents. It’s had a facelift looks really good. Ordered our food all four of us had different meals, gammon, scampi, steak and steak and ale pie. The food came was absolutely amazing, cooked to perfection, good sized portions. 2 courses for £13.95 so had to have a dessert. Baileys cheesecake was to die for. A great experience will definitely be going back soon.

10. Hungry Horse - The Tall Chimney

Hepworth Retail Park, Swadlincote DE11 9FQ, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks +44 1283 550943
Excellent
32%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
13%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 489 reviews

Hungry Horse - The Tall Chimney

Reviewed By TeeR25 - Swadlincote

I've not been to the Tall Chimney in a while but decided to go for Mother's Day. It has always been quite good in the past. This time was different though...
When we arrived we had to wait for them to clear the table, we sat down but none of us felt comfortable with the table/seating so we asked an employee if we could be moved, he went away but did not return. We asked another gentleman when he had seated another family and he was happy to seat us on a different table.
We went up the bar to order our meals but the employee behind the bar did not know anything about the Mother's Day offer that was on and had to get it clarified by another employee.
The meal portions have become smaller since I last went and even though on the menu the lasagne came with 2 ciabatta slices, it came with one that was cut in half. My meal was hot but my friend's chips were barely warm.
We was given someone else's dessert because they had mixed the tables up.
My friend's little boy had spilt a drink on the table, luckily I carry around tissues as the employee we asked for napkins did not return with any for several minutes until she brought our desserts.
Before leaving I asked about the deposit I had paid for when booking over the phone, I was told it should of been taken off the bill when I paid at the bar, which it hadn't been and they couldn't even find my booking even though they had it when I entered.
The only positives about the visit where that meals arrived quite quickly for saying how busy it was in there and I was served quickly at the bar when I went up.

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