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Appeal from couple to save village pub

The couple who stepped in to save their local pub from closure last year have appealed to locals to band together to keep it open for good. Phil and Julie Dale from Hilderstone stepped in at the end of November when Admiral Taverns were getting ready to board up The Roebuck in their village. The couple took on the lease ...

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Virtual brewery for real ale fans

Ever dreamed of brewing that perfect pint, exactly how you want it? Now you have the chance! Lymestone Brewery has teamed up with the Best of British Beer to offer real ale fans a chance to become ‘virtual’ brewers. People who sign up will be able to make all the key decisions during the brewing process – which will then be ...

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Titanic Brewery cuts the price of a pint!

Titanic Brewery is cutting the price of its beer following the Chancellor’s decision in last week’s Budget to scrap the Beer Duty Escalator. Drinkers at the brewery’s seven pubs – including at the Royal Exchange in Stone – will see a 5p reduction in the price of a pint across all Titanic’s own beer from noon on Tuesday 26th March. ...

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Best boozer award for The Swan!

Congratulations to The Swan Inn in Stone, which was named best pub in the borough at the Best Bar None awards. Nineteen pubs, bars and clubs went head to head in the third year of the ‘Best Bar None’ competition. The competition was launched in Stafford Borough in 2010 and is designed to raise standards in premises in Stone and ...

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The Lymestone Vaults opens for business!

Brad and Viv from Stone’s Lymestone Brewery have opened their first pub. The Lymestone Vaults in Newcastle opened for business on Thursday evening after a launch party on Wednesday night for friends, family and supporters. The first Lymestone boozer is based at the former Wine Vaults on Pepper Street in Newcastle, a Grade II listed building which dates back to ...

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Grow a mo like Captain Smith, says Michelle!

A challenge to “Grow a Mo Like Captain Smith” has been made by the Royal Exchange as Titanic Brewery’s pubs join the Movember fundraising effort next month. The brewery is backing  the annual fundraising marathon for Cancer Research which sees men growing a moustache for a month to raise money. Titanic is changing the name of its November seasonal ale ...

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Chairman’s delight at food festival success

The chairman of Stone Food and Drink Festival has said that he’s delighted with the success of this year’s event, which saw record crowds over all three days. Richard Stevens said: “Our goal every year is to make the festival bigger and better than before – and we’re delighted to have succeeded again this year! The feedback from exhibitors, visitors and ...

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In pictures: Food and Drink Festival Saturday

The Food and Drink Festival on Saturday was probably the busiest single day in the event’s history. Thousands of people enjoyed the good weather, the farmers’ market and the attractions at Westbridge Park. All photos again by Joshua Cope – thanks for doing such a fantastic job Josh! You can see lots more of his work at his website here.

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