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Food festival’s economic boost for Stone revealed

Photo by Phil Mitchell

Stone Food and Drink Festival generated over half-a-million pounds of economic activity in the town at last year’s event. A survey of visitors to the 2014 festival by Staffordshire University estimates that it generated a total net spend of around £567,000. This was money spent directly at the festival – at the farmers’ market and at Westbridge Park – but also in Stone ...

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Tickets available now for the Midsummer Real Ale Trail

Stone Food & Drink Festival commmittee members and Lymestone Brewery's Viv and Ian Bradford (L-R) Adam Jones, Viv Bradford, Ian Bradford, Rob Ball and Antony Lucas

One long night, six great pubs – the Midsummer Real Ale Trail is almost upon us! Following the popularity of last year’s trail to celebrate the summer solstice, the team behind the Stone Food and Drink Festival has organised another evening of beer-themed festivities, taking in the sights and sounds of watering holes around Stone’s outlying villages, with chauffeured transport ...

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Kris uses his loaf!


ALBOS’s Kris Grainger is aiming to encourage novice bakers to get creative in the kitchen, with a series of informative classes beginning shortly. Under the moniker Breadheads and Doughnuts, over the coming weeks, Kris will be leading a series of fun baking classes, suitable for everyone regardless of ability and experience. The first class takes place on Friday 1st May ...

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Granvilles picks up Best Bar None award

Granvilles staff being presented with their Best Bar None award for Best Overall in Stone by Councillor Jeremy Pert.  Congratulations!  Cheers!

Granvilles picked up an award at the Stafford Borough Best Bar None awards. The top two prizes were awarded to The Post House, who took home the Best Overall award for Stafford,  while perennially popular live music venue Granvilles won Best Overall for Stone. Other winners on the night included The Bear Grill who won Best Pub, the Swan Hotel ...

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The Borehole’s open for business!

The Borehole (1) (620x415)

Lymestone Brewery’s first pub in Stone – The Borehole – is now open for business. Brad and Viv welcomed people to Stone’s newest pub, which is just a stone’s throw from the brewery itself on Mount Road, on Thursday evening for a sneak preview ahead of its grand opening tonight (20th March). If you’ve been to their award-winning pub in ...

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Lymestone Brewery’s Stone pub set to open

The Borehole

Lymestone Brewery’s Stone pub The Borehole will be opening to the public on Friday 20th March at 6.30pm. The pub is a stone’s throw from the brewery, on Mount Road on the edge of the industrial estate, in a building that has been, amongst other things over the years, National Rivers Authority offices. Lymestone opened its first pub – the award-winning ...

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Can Neil fix it? Yes he can! Our review of the Plume of Feathers makeover


Star of Men Behaving Badly and voice of Bob The Builder, Neil Morrissey, unveiled his latest venture on Thursday evening with a grand re-opening of Barlaston’s ‘Plume of Feathers’ pub, which Neil’s company has opened in association with Punch Taverns. A Little Bit of Stone was lucky enough to be invited along. KRIS GRAINGER reports After several months of extensive renovation, ...

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