About The Pub

The Clifford Arms in Great Haywood is a traditional village pub offering a fine selection of cask-conditioned ales and guest beers together with a wide choice of freshly prepared, value for money meals and snacks. The pub has been a popular local as well as a stopping-off point for boaters, walkers and cyclists for many years – come along and find out why for yourself.

A Little Bit of History

The pub is named for the Clifford family.  The Hon. Thomas Clifford  (1732-1787) married The Hon. Barbera Aston, heiress to the Tixall Estate, in 1762. Although Tixall Hall was demolished in 1927, Tixall Gatehouse still stands and can be rented for self-catering holidays. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a short time at Tixall in an effort to prevent her rescue from Chartley as part of the Babington Plot.

Thomas was descended from the  Baron’s Clifford of Chudleigh which perhaps explains why there is another Clifford Arms pub in Devon.

Location, Location, Location

Perfectly located to the Trent and Mersey canal (near canal bridge number 73), Shugborough Hall, and Cannock Chase.

Four-legged Friends

Should you wish to bring your dog into our pub then that is not a problem as we are dog-friendly!


Sunny (and not so Sunny) Days

We have a well kept beer garden with a heated smoking shelter!


We have been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listings for many years, including the 2017 edition.

We are also Cask Marque accredited (an independent award made to licensees for excellence in the service of cask ales).

In 2015, and again in 2017/18, we were also awarded a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.  The award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor.