Joule’s Brewery’s bid to return to Stone received a boost last week as parliamentary candidate Bill Cash visited a possible development site in the town centre.
Bill met Joule’s MD Steve Nuttall and head of the Crown Wharf steering group, Rob Kenney at the Crown Wharf which is currently owned by the Canals and Rivers trust. The trust is currently considering a bid by Joule’s who are planning to build a unique Joule’s Brewery ‘Taphouse’ which will celebrate Joule’s history in Stone. Joule’s has also pledged to ensure space for Stone Revellers who have plans for a studio theatre, and the Town Council who are interested in developing an idea for a heritage centre and tourist information point. Details on the plan can be found here on our website
Bill Cash commented
“Joule’s is a famous name in Stone and I am very pleased to see the new Joule’s Brewery team have a great passion and desire to return the name to Stone. The idea of a flagship pub is an investment in our town centre which is very welcome indeed. It will offer significant employment and moreover play a part in ensuring Stone retains its identity and links with is brewing heritage along with our other local brewers who are already in the town. I am also keen to support and thank Rob and the steering group who have worked so hard to promote the Crown Wharf as an important link to the canal from the town centre, the fact the canal runs right through our town centre is a great asset and we should embrace it.”
Bill continues, “I have wished the steering group and Joule’s the very best of luck and they have my full backing, I hope they can pull this off, if this doesn’t work I know Steve and his team will keep working until they find a project and we can see our old brewery name back in lights soon.”
Rob Kenney, Chair of the Steering Group adds “Since we launched the steering group well over a year ago then we have tremendous public support for ensuring the Crown Wharf has public access and we will do our very best to support and promote this use. If Joule’s can facilitate this, then their historic links to the town could make this wonderful and they have already pledged to facilitate other community uses in this location. To have easy access to the canal from the enter of the town will be a tremendous advantage for the very long term”
Steve Nuttall MD Joules Brewery confirms “We are fully committed to making an investment in Stone, the best prospect so far is the Crown Wharf, and we are excited to be able to work alongside other projects that will complement a new Brewery Taphouse. It was great to talk through our bid and the ideas we have with Bill and he has encouraged us which will give us all a lift to press on.”