Amanda takes us through why she is proud to call Lichfield “home”.
It’s not until you return to the place you grew up in that you truly appreciate all it has to offer. Lichfield is a compact and bijoux gem of a city, steeped in history which is ingrained in my soul from my school days here. It’s 18th century heyday is clearly present in the towns warren of streets of Georgian architecture and then there’s that stunning cathedral at the heart of the city with its magnificent three spires.
I simply love showing this city off to those not in the know and telling them tales of the treasures in the cathedral library and the theories on why the captain of the titanic statue is in Beacon Park even though he came from Stoke on Trent. But the real buzz about Lichfield for me has always been the social scene. Its renowned for its number of bars and more recently its restaurants in fact it’s become a true destination place for foodies with its Summer food festival pulling in 60,000 visitors this year.
It seems this City is reinventing itself, its bustling yet cosy enough to still bump into people you know when you’re out and about. Meandering down Bird St you get a real sense of the new independent places popping up with my current favourite Pom’s Kitchen, offering morning til night culinary delights from an impressive list of local suppliers. And if you’re into Gin, (and who isn’t?) they serve the City’s very own Fifth Spire, being Lichfield’s first premium craft gin. Then for my other favourite tipple – wine. The family owned Worth Brothers is a wine merchants, worth making a visit to Lichfield alone, to soak up the owner’s infectious knowledge of the subject. Pick any bottle here and they can tell you how it tastes as well as a little anecdote on the producers and how they came to select it. All this wonderful knowledge wrapped up in the most atmospheric wine cellars once owned by the 18th century actor and playwright, David Garrick, makes this a very special place indeed.
Lichfield is happening! It ticks all the boxes on a practical level too, blessed for commuting to Birmingham by road and rail and you can even reach London in just 1hr 15 minutes from 1 of its 2 railway stations. Excellent schools, a small University campus, art festivals, sporting clubs – it’s got it all in this tiny city.