I've mentioned Earls Restaurant (the one at the top floor of the College) before but after another amazing meal there this week and in the light of all the comments about the poor eating-out situation in Stafford, I thought it deserved its own thread. Our meal was (for the meat-lovers): some kind of oyster thing served in its shell followed by salmon and langoustine ravioli with warm remoulade (no idea) and lobster sauce. Then they both chose pan-fried cannon of lamb with slow-poached breast, dauphionoise potatio, ratatouille and reforme sauce. They could have had pheasant or something called 'Cotriade D'armor, which I think was a fish stew. After that came tiny cups filled with mini lemon meringue pies and finally pudding - tiramisu with (obviously fresh-made) biscotti or pear & apple tatin. Three of the five courses were on the menu, the oysters and the lemon meringue were an "amuse bouche" and a pre-pudding. The two veggies had an introductory thing of french onion soup, followed by pear, stilton and caremlised walnut salad with raspberry viniagrette. The veggie main course option was leek & stilton eccles cakes with ratatoille and dauphinoise potato but that that had run out so the chef made us something stunningly-wonderful in filo pastry. After that we too had the lemon meringue pots, then pudding. Coffee comes with home made chocolate fudge. All this cost £15 per head. It is cooked and served by the students who are polite, anxious to please and totally excellent. The downsides are that you have to be ready to sit down at 7pm, the restaurant room itself is a bit devoid of atmosphere and if you are on the young side then you should be prepared to be outnumbered by the rest of the diners, who seem not to be. Finally, you need to be both determined and patient to get a table. It's open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, term-time only and people book up months ahead - contact them now and you might possibly get something in the spring or summer term. Incidentally, Earls is also open at lunchtime, Tuesday - Friday. Three courses for £8. I'm never free at lunchtime so I don't know how easy it is to get a table then.