It’s a busy weekday, you are dashing from one appointment to the next, the coffee cravings are rife and the hunger pangs in your stomach are starting to make more noise than a JCB digger at the side of the road. Not only that but that deadline is fast approaching, an email needs to be pinged and a phone call made. You are in Stoke-on-Trent, driving along the A50, where do you stop? You are tootling along King Street – where do you stop? Where do you stop to revive, recharge and reinvigorate your taste buds?
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The answer can be quite simple, situated at the Pheonix Works, King Street, Longton is a total gem of a place… The Glost House – a delightful, comfortable cafe bar which can help with all of the above and more…
Once part of Thomas Forester’s majolica and earthenware hub in the late 1800’s, The Glost House, owned by Ann and Martin King, is now a bright, fresh meeting place born from a love of food and drink and a desire to offer something different to the people of Stoke-on-Trent.
“We want things to be chilled out and relaxed and comfortable,” said Ann – a former Business Editor who knows all too well what it can be like looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat whilst juggling appointments on a busy work schedule.
“Whilst I was a Business Editor I was always looking for places to have meetings or stop off in between meetings. Then I used to struggle to find places to work too, which is why we have got USB chargers and power points for customers to use.
“We are also food and drink lovers and we wanted to share that. When the opportunity came up to open here we went for it.”
The importance of fresh, home cooked food is evident from the menu which is on offer.
From 8am -11am Monday – Friday, a choice of breakfasts help to start the day. From muesli and toast, to Egg In The Hole or a crispy bacon bap washed down with an Americano, Latte or Peppermint Tea – the hot drinks menu has something for everyone.
From 11am onwards freshly made sandwiches made up in a choice of breads and served with house salad and vegetable crisps are on offer along with jacket potatoes, savoury bites, quesadilla’s and homemade soup of the day. Deli boards offer customers the choice of several items and if it’s a cold drink instead of coffee at lunch then a choice of soft drinks are available.
A specials board is available and the all day menu is full of little treats such as Staffordshire Oatcakes packed with a choice of fillings, fruit smoothies and toasted teacakes. All of which can be enjoyed up until the kitchen closes at 3:20pm and the cafe itself closes its doors at 4pm. If it’s a slice of cake to go with a cappuccino instead then experience Ann’s cooking skills at their best. All cakes are freshly made with Victoria sponges and lemon drizzle just a sample of the delights on offer.
The soft furnishings combined with a part Parquet flooring – which was originally from a church building in Cheshire – along with lacquered stainless steel table tops, cast iron radiators and spacious booths all come together to form not just a meeting place for business professionals, but also for families and friends to stop off for a break.
“Saturdays are very busy,” said Ann. “People either call in on their way out shopping or on their way back.”
And if it’s a glass of wine which is fancied for the non-drivers, the Glost House is licensed and offers a range of alcoholic drinks.
“We wanted to create almost a holiday feel, to have the choice of a wine or a coffee, we wanted to have both,” added Ann.
“We have snacks and light bites and we wanted a chilled out place.
“A lady said to me once how she always feels better once she has been in here – that was very nice. We are trying to keep things calm and relaxed.”
The Glost House has also hosted private parties and as Ann and Martin look to the future there could be a lot more to come.
“It will be nice to see what happens with the rest of the development here (Pheonix Works) and we will be looking at not only expanding our menu but doing other things.”
The Glost House – a delightful gem with a relaxed ambience offering fresh, home cooked delights!
**The Glost House also offers a takeaway service. Orders can be placed via the telephone and collected from the King St cafe bar. **
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