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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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Glasses Raised at Lymestone Brewery

Lymestone Brewery

Glasses are being raised today at Lymestone Brewery in Stone following the brewery’s triumph in the Business Awards 2014, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), to which the local brewer belongs. Lymestone Brewery was presented with a high commendation in the Best Community Support Award for its links with the local High Schools at SIBA’s BeerX event, held ...

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Cullens Narrowly Misses Out On Top Spot At TOS Awards

Picture By Sam Bagnall

Esteemed food and drink businesses from across Staffordshire are celebrating success today, following the announcement of the 2014 Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards winners. Recognising quality, excellence and the use of local produce in the county, the awards celebrate some of Staffordshire’s finest, from restaurants to pubs, brasseries to tea-rooms, visitor attractions to local food producers. More than 200 guests ...

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Lymestone Brewery ready for first beer festival

Lymestone Brewery

Lymestone Brewery hosts its first beer festival on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March. Known as the 20-20 Festival it will have at least 20 real ales and 20 ciders/perries on tap over the weekend, many from local breweries. There will be a range of live music acts also on over the weekend to entertain you including Sons of Clogger ...

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Food festival helps to bake up new partnership

food festival

Stone Baked will be supplying the Lewis Partnership’s restaurants with their quality bread from this month – after owner Tina Clare was recommended to the group’s executive chef at last year’s Food and Drink Festival. The Stone Food & Drink Festival, which takes place over the first weekend in October every year, has been helping to promote the very best ...

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Michelle marks two years at the Exchange

Iceberg ahead! Landlady Michelle Hughes and two of her bar staff

Warm and friendly, bubbly and self deprecating, the Royal Exchange’s lovely landlady Michelle Hughes is also delightfully daffy! Her sense of fun has shone through during her first two years at the popular Titanic watering hole. ALBOS caught up with her recently, following a successful 60s night at the pub to celebrate her birthday, and also to commemorate her second ...

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