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New look inside and out for The Three Crowns

The Three Crowns has a brand new look both inside and out following a major £130,000 refurbishment. The revamp has seen fitted seating installed, along with soft furnishings, track lighting and a new colour scheme – and it looks great. Five new jobs have also been created as a result of the facelift. Landlady Hazel Hodgkinson is thrilled with the new ...

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Cider festival at The Royal Exchange

There’s a mini cider festival at The Royal Exchange in Radford Street on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November. The Titanic pub will be showing it does cider as well as it does real ale over the weekend, with three guest ciders and a perry on offer: Janet’s Jungle Juice (West Croft Cider, Somerset) Strawberry Cider (Green Valley, ...

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Facelift for The Three Crowns

The Three Crowns in Lichfield Road is closing for a week for a refurbishment ahead of the busy Christmas period. The pub will be closed between Monday 29th November and Sunday 5th December, and will reopen on Monday 6th December. The restaurant and bar area will be given a facelift and the pub will be reopening with a full restaurant ...

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New Indian restaurant for Stone

A new Indian restaurant is to open in Stone at the site of the former Shaffers on Stafford Street. Al Sheikhs plans to open its doors for the first time on Monday 15th November. Workers have been busy giving the restaurant a new look over the last few weeks Shaffers closed its doors a few months ago, not long after ...

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Pub of the month award for The Brushmakers

The Brushmakers Arms in Oulton has been chosen as the Campaign for Real Ale’s Staffordshire pub of the month for November. Members from the Heart of Staffordshire Camra branch will visit the pub in Kibblestone Road, which has been run by licensee Mark Byrne for 20 years, on 11th November to present the trophy. The Brushmakers won the best pub ...

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Pub goes bangers for National Sausage Week

The Three Crowns in Lichfield Road is celebrating National Sausage Week with eight gourmet sausage-and-mash specials, including some award winners. Available until Sunday 7th November, the eight varieties on offer for £8.95 are: Beef & black pepper sausages served on horseradish mash, green beans with red wine, baby onions and bacon gravy Pork & Bombardier ale sausages served on roasted ...

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Silver medal for Lymestone Brewery’s Stone Dead ale

Stone’s Lymestone Brewery has scooped a silver medal at the Society for Independent Brewers’ awards in Nottingham for its special Halloween ale. Stone Dead won the silver medal in the ‘Porters, Strong Milds, Old Ales & Stouts’ category. It was pipped to the post by Chiltern Brewery’s 300s Old Ale. Beers were judged in eight categories and were blind-tasted by ...

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Moddershall Oaks restaurant wins prize at awards night

The restaurant at Moddershall Oaks health spa near Stone scooped the runners-up prize in the Best Restaurant (European influence) category at last night’s Taste of Staffordshire awards. Restaurants, pubs, brasseries, tearooms and banqueting venues compete for these prestigious awards and are judged for quality and excellence, particularly their use of locally produced ingredients. Moddershall Oak’s restaurant won the European influence ...

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Hairy Bikers cook up a storm

Huge thanks to Julie Sorrell for these great pictures of the Hairy Bikers’ visit to Stone today for the Food & Drink Festival. You can see lots more of her pictures from this weekend on her Flickr site here. Did you see one of Dave and Si’s demonstrations today? What did you think? You can leave a comment below.

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