The Congress Inn is a spacious, convivial two-roomed pub just outside the centre of Longton, thoroughly dedicated to the dispense of good quality real ale from a whole host of micro-breweries; our affable landlord, Shaun, moved in during 2005, and has slowly climbed in the rankings of the local CAMRA branch. Winning Pub of the Month several times. Pub of the Year, working his way in to the top 10, finally winning it outright in 2011. Every year since in the top 3 pubs. In 2012 the Congress also won the coveted Regional Staffordshire Pub of the Year award.
The left-hand room contains the bar where the permanent beers are joined by the house beer, Gladstone Strong Ale (by Townhouse), named after the pottery museum close by, is exclusively brewed for the Congress Inn. The right hand room houses the dart board and meetings. A beer festival is held annually every May, with 30 beers plus ciders on gravity. Numerous other events are held during the year including a Conker competition, Christmas carol afternoon and various charity events. A successful first Con Fest (beer and music festival) was staged during August Bank Holiday 2013. All these are mixed in with all the usual range of pub games including table skittles. At times this pub's been likened to Dr Who's TARDIS... "So much going on... It must be bigger on the inside!"
It is very hard for the real ale fan to go wrong in a pub like this. Our hosts Shaun and Samantha (Sam) along with all the staff give everyone a warm welcome and when you factor in a lineup of beers on hand pump, four real ciders and a good selection of keenly priced Belgian beer in bottles.