The pub’s name derives from an erstwhile White Rose landlord, although the heritage of this edge-of-town pub opposite Rugeley’s Trent Valley railway station is lost in the mists of time. Some believe it was a tavern built to serve the new railway in the 19th century, and it’s certainly been a meeting place for farmers and soldiers. Walk through the doors today to find a panelled and wood-floored dining pub with eclectic furnishings including faux Stubbs paintings. Real ales from Blythe Brewery include Palmer’s Poison, which commemorates the town’s very own 19th-century mass murderer. Seasonal menus using top Staffordshire produce are changed regularly, but an indicative choice could start with Yorkshire crab, prawn and salmon cocktail; continue with a fillet of lemon sole stuffed with green beans and wrapped in Parma ham; and finish with traditional bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: 12–2 6–close (Sunday 12–close)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–4
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–8, Friday to Saturday 6–8.30, Sunday 12–4
Food and drink
Set menu available
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
From A51 roundabout in Rugeley follow rail station signs, under rail bridge, to pub.