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Food and Drink Festival under threat from park development

Westbridge Park

Last week we reported about the positive impact that the Stone Food and Drink festival has on the town (read here) but news from the festival organisers today paints a worrying picture for the event in 2017 and beyond. With the approval by Stafford Borough Council on the re-development of Westbridge Park, which the local town council had rejected, the ...

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Stone Food and Drink Festival 2016 Survey Results

Stone Food & Drink Festival 2016 Survey has shown that the local economic impact to be in the region of £750,000*. Students and staff from Staffordshire University Business School conducted the survey over the weekend of the festival, and comprised interviews with 611 visitors to Westbridge Park and covered questions ranging from average spend to group demographic and visitor satisfaction. Once again ...

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The Quiet Woman Finds Her Voice Again

Part of Leek’s pub history is being brought back to life, as Stone’s Lymestone Brewery takes over The Quiet Woman   Already running award pubs in Stone (The Borehole) and Newcastle-under-Lyme (The Lymestone Vaults), The Quiet Woman in St Edward Street will be the third establishment the Staffordshire brewery owners Ian & Viv Bradford will run. After being run as “PoundPub” ...

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New 2017 look for Stone Farmers Market!

If you popped along to the ever popular Farmers’ Market in Stone last Saturday you will have noticed a fresh new look to the stalls that lined the High Street. Now one of the largest markets in the county, Stone Farmers’ Market has a vast array of food, drink as well as gifts and craft stalls. For 2017 Stafford Borough ...

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Councillor and Food Agency Call for Published Hygiene Ratings

Stafford Borough Council is being backed by the organisation responsible for food safety in the UK in a call to force food businesses to display their hygiene ratings. Councillor Frank Finlay wrote to the Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), calling for the mandatory publicising of the scores following support for the proposal from the Council’s Community Services Scrutiny Committee. In ...

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Review: Wetherspoon Order and Pay App

Wetherspoons Order and Pay

Having recently spotted the large sign in The Poste of Stone we decided to give the new Order and Pay app a spin! This evening my wife had an appointment so I decided to take our 2 young boys for something to eat. Anyone with small children will know the difficulty of eating out with regard to finding a table, ...

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Aston Marina sees change of direction in 2017

Aston Marina

Stone’s highly regarded waterside foodie haven, Aston Marina, will see some exciting changes taking place early this year but at the expense of the farm shop. The Marina is set to expand its popular restaurant and events capacity following a busy first 12 months for its purpose built ‘Boat House’ wedding and event venue. Director Helen Webb explains: “We’ve had ...

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Burn’s Night Whisky tasting at Aston Marina

“Freedom and Whisky gang thegither!” Burn’s Night whisky tasting at Stone’s Aston Marina Whisky lovers and those keen to develop a taste for Scotland’s most enduring export treat this month, as Stone’s Aston Marina hosts a special Burn’s Night whisky tasting event. Taking place on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 (a school night!) the evening will celebrate Scotland’s bard in traditional ...

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