Your Perfect Night Out in Stamford - A Guide

Your Perfect Night Out in Stamford - A Guide

So you've heard about this quaint market town called Stamford, rated twice as the best place to live in the UK by The Times (2019 & 2021), and just have to see what all the fuss is about! Well, it's true, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather live. The architecture is stunning, green spaces a plenty, and the retail therapy is to die for. With a world of food and drink options to be found along the picturesque cobbled streets, you could visit every day for a year and not get bored here.

So, upon realising just how popular our beautiful town, brimming with charm and wit, truly is, I decided to create a comprehensive guide to the perfect night out for the curious visitor! Use this to plan an evening of food, drinks, entertainment, and maybe even dancing if you're up for that, next time you're in town.

Start things off with early evening pre-drinks

The Tobie Norris

What's your vibe? Here in Stamford, we have something for everyone. If roaring fires and a tatty armchair or two are your thing, I'd always recommend starting things off at the Tobie Norris. A charming pub in an ancient building dating back to 1280 with a modern Stamford-esque twist, The Tobie as it's known to its locals, offers plenty of cosy corners to hide away in at the beginning of an evening. Their craft beer menu is vast and their wine knowledge equally impressive, so your party will be well catered for here. If I'm honest, I could start and end my evening at the Tobie without moving a muscle because the comfort levels are maximum and their pizza menu is a hot topic. But we are a town of plenty and options we are not short of!

Paten & Co

Next on my list would always be Paten & Co. Another pub in the Knead chain (also owning The Crown Hotel and previously mentioned Tobie Norris), it's the perfect choice for meeting friends. The vibe here is buzzier, over three floors there are booths for larger groups and tucked-away tables for a glass of something before you head on out for dinner. They make a cracking Margarita but I can't fault the wine list either. With a great standing bar and an outdoor street courtyard, they cater for visitors dropping by for a quick one just as well as they do for groups spending the evening here. The vibe is cool and the decor rustic-yet modern so they attract a wide crowd, all looking to start their evening with a bit of fun at this buzzy little pub in the centre of town.

The George Hotel

OK, changing it up now with something sophisticated and well-fitting with the country crowd- how about starting celebrations off with a glass of the finest Chateau Fontareche at the George Hotel on St Martins, the most iconic setting in Stamford? Boasting no less than five restaurants and bars across the site, including a dedicated champagne bar, you won't fall short of options for a pre-dinner beverage. I can highly recommend the outdoor courtyard in the summer, tucked away with blankets for those chillier evenings and twinkling lights surrounding the space as the sun goes down. That's how you begin your evening in Stamford!

Dinner anyone?

For a full list of dining options here in our lovely little town, our blog on places to eat is the go-to guide you need, but right now, I'd like to highlight a couple of our favourites here at Indiehaus for your next big night out. In recent years, Stamford has well and truly put itself on the map as a foodie's heaven. A local dining destination, people travel in from neighbouring towns and cities to sample the incredible restaurants on offer. From authentic Neapolitan pizza to fusion Asian/European small plate menus & traditional British fine dining, you really can't go wrong.

Orbis

If your dinner destination is somewhere you hope to spend the entire evening, I'd be looking for a place that has it all: an inspiring menu, vibey atmosphere and the right kind of comfort. Orbis I think is the perfect choice! A gluten-free fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar serving world cuisine of the highest standard, it's ideal for a weekend dinner followed by cocktails and dancing. The interior design offers just the right amount of glamour, with a laid-back atmosphere and the food great. I can't fault it.

Pizza da Mario

If you fancy total comfort food, then how about adding Pizza da Mario to your plans? This place- well, what can I say! I haven't had a proper pizza this good in ages. The restaurant is tiny, and I mean tiny! Inside they only have a couple of tables so when dining here in winter time you've gotta book fast. Boasting an impressive pizza oven, Da Mario gets their bases just right and their pizza sauce is totally authentic. The rest of their fresh & varied menu is equally good. During the warmer months, the premises quadruple in size with the addition of a stunning courtyard equipped with umbrellas and delightful seating. Locals can be found drinking wine under the stars here most evenings.

There are tons of others I could mention - The George or The Crown for great British fayre, The Slanted Door for its charm and great dishes, or The Cosy Club for a cracking burger before you head out to enjoy the night but I hope the options above are enough to inspire you when planning a night out in Stamford!

And for afters…

The Copper Room

Stamford is a mixed bag when it comes to an evening nightcap. The two main hotels in town, The George and The Crown remain open for a quiet late-night drink for residents, but if you are out to dinner and not ready for your night to end just yet, I have a couple of other great options for you. The Copper Room on St Mary's Street offers a vast menu including a great wine selection, cocktails and a well-stocked spirits & whiskey bar. Open until midnight Wednesday to Saturday and close to many of Stamford's finest restaurants, The Copper Room is an easy choice for extending your evening. I'd recommend heading down to the seating area downstairs in the basement, cosy vibes and the addition of a jukebox if you want to keep the fun going a little longer.

If upbeat is more your vibe, Mama Liz's is Stamford's late-night music venue. A well-rounded option, Mamas offers something for everyone most days of the week. A gig venue downstairs in the cave-like basement and a bar, restaurant and club upstairs, you can't go wrong here. Yes, the crowd is a little younger and occasionally on the wild side, but there's live music, great drink choices and a large outdoor courtyard with a Latin vibe for those balmy summer evenings. The main floor is open until the early hours Thursday - Saturday and is busy all year round.

Planning a Stay in Stamford?

So if you're planning to stay with us here in Stamford at Indiehaus and can't decide how to spend your evenings, I hope this comprehensive guide to some of the best places on offer for drinks and food might help you out a little! Feel free to contact us for other recommendations if you'd like us to plan a great night out for you while you're staying with us!