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Connecting farmers digitally with the public

Sarah Gayton - connecting consumers and farmers through technology

Stone farmers’ market regular Sarah Gayton is holding a special event at the end of July  on how film, social media and smart phones can be used to link the public to the farmer. The ‘Farmers on Film Festival’ will be held at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich on 29th July and will see leading names from the farming and ...

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Stone Food & Drink Festival launches new website

Food Festival website

To mark the 10th anniversary of Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering, Stone Food & Drink Festival has launched a brand new website aimed at making it even easier for visitors to find out what’s going on during festival week. Designed and built by the Stafford Website Company, the new site offers a clean, fresh look and feel that reflects the event’s ...

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Lymestone Brewery plans first Stone pub!

Brad and Viv from Lymestone Brewery at the launch night for their pub in Newcastle, the Lymestone Vaults, in November 2012

Stone’s Lymestone Brewery are planning to open their first pub in the town, just 100 yards from their brewery off Mount Road. The brewery is based on the Mount Road Industrial Estate and Lymestone have submitted a planning application to Stafford Borough Council to convert the old schoolhouse on the edge of the estate into their first Stone pub. Lymestone ...

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Pubs urged to have a winning World Cup


Stone’s ABV Training has come up with some top tips for pubs in the town (and elsewhere) to have a successful World Cup. The tips cover everything from theme nights and special offers to catering for non-drinkers and using social media effectively. You can see the advice in their blog post HERE Let us know what your pub is doing ...

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Lymestone Brewery gets World Cup fever!

Lymestone World Cup ale

As most of you will know, Lymestone Brewery head brewer Brad loves his football. You may remember the special ale he brewed to celebrate his beloved Stoke City getting to Wembley in the 2010/11 FA Cup. We covered that HERE To celebrate the World Cup in Brazil, Brad has now brewed a beer that will bring a cheer to your ...

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Lymestone Brewery tour for Alice Charity

Lymestone Brewery

Real ale lovers are invited to take a tour of Stone’s Lymestone Brewery in June to raise money for the Silverdale-based Alice Charity. The brewery tour, which will take place on Friday, June 27 from 8pm to 10pm, has been organised by the charity to celebrate Father’s Day and tickets will cost £13 each, including food and drink. The independent ...

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Taste of Northumberland at Swan Beer Festival

Swan Inn

This year’s beer festival at The Swan Inn will feature 60 real ales and 12 ciders from the North East of England, mainly from Northumberland. The festival – the Stafford Street pub’s sixteenth – kicks off on Saturday 28th June and runs until Sunday 6th July. As well as the real ales and ciders, which are available from the beer ...

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‘Stone Beer Festival’ at the end of June

Stone Beer Festival

Real ale lovers will be raising their glasses at the first ‘Stone Beer Festival’ in June. Stone Beer Festival, which is sponsored by the town’s Royal Exchange pub, will take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June at St Dominic’s Social Centre in Station Road. There are three sessions: 6pm till midnight on the Friday 12pm till 5pm on ...

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Midsummer night’s dream with real ale trail!

Real ales

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than by hopping on a minibus for a tour around no less than eight of the finest real ale pubs in Stone’s surrounding villages? Stone Food and Drink Festival’s summer Minibus Real Ale Trail takes place this year on Saturday 21st June, and tickets are on sale now. This year’s pubs include ...

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‘Bar’velous Next Steps For ALBOS’s Jack

Ian 'Brad' Bradford & Jack Taylor

A Little Bit Of Stone’s very own Jack Taylor will this September be joining the team at Lymestone Brewery on an Apprenticeship. Jack will be working between the Brewery on Mount Road Industrial Estate and the brewery’s pub; The Lymestone Vaults on Pepper Street in Newcastle Under-Lyme. On a 3 year apprenticeship Jack will receive many things out of the ...

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