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Pasta di Piazza revs back to life at official reopening

Pasta di Piazza

More than 150 invited guests including Stone Mayor Councillor Mike Williamson, local businesses and loyal customers were treated to a taste of Italy at an official launch event to mark the refurbishment and reopening of High Street restaurant Pasta Di Piazza Italiana. Councillor Williamson officially opened the restaurant and guests enjoyed an authentic Italian experience with a welcome ‘guard of ...

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Aston Marina marks National Butchers’ Week

national butchers week

To celebrate National Butchers Week, Aston Marina is laying on a series of special events designed to highlight the locally produced, high-welfare meat on offer at its own on-site butchery and encourage people to use their local butcher. National Butchers’ Week takes place between 14th – 20th March, and the Marina is hoping to encourage people to learn more about ...

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Use your loaf on new bread baking courses!


Fancy learning how to make your own bread? Stone’s Breadheads and Doughnuts are running four courses this year which will give you all the skills to give Paul Hollywood a run for his money! Bookings are now being taken for these dates: Saturday 28th May Saturday 11th June Saturday 30th July Saturday 10th September Each course at Barlaston Village Hall ...

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Smoke and Rye now open in Stone

Smoke and Rye

Stone’s newest restaurant Smoke and Rye may be based in a Staffordshire town, but it has its heart and soul planted firmly in the US of A. Smoke and Rye opened without fanfare a few weeks ago above Oatcakes & Milkshakes in what used to be The Olives. The owners wanted to have a gentle launch, to make sure everything was ...

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The Fitzherbert Arms open again after major refurb

Fitzherbert Arms

The Fitzherbert Arms in Swynnerton is open again following a major refurbishment over the last few months. The restoration of the village pub – which dates back to 1818 – has been a joint venture between Lord Francis Stafford and pub entrepreneurs Mary Mclaughlin and Tim Bird. Mary and Tim also own The Cholmondeley Arms near Nantwich and in April will ...

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First Sandon Spring Fair taking place in April

Sandon Spring Fair

The organisers of Stone Food and Drink Festival have teamed up with Sandon Hall to stage a great new event in Staffordshire’s calendar – the first Sandon Spring Fair. The event, which takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016, was inspired by the hall’s summer craft fair that attracted over 1,000 visitors last year. This year, Sandon ...

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New look on the way for Pasta di Piazza

Pasta di Piazza

Stone’s Pasta Di Piazza Italiana restaurant is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment for spring 2016 and will have a striking new look when it re-opens on 6th February. Doors closed and work began this week on the Stone High Street eatery, which has been a popular venue in the town for many years. The exciting transformation represents a £750,000 investment into the business ...

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Rupert wins Aston Marina sausage competition

Aston Marina

Aston Marina’s sausage competition winner has been revealed! Back at the start of November, master butcher Colin Nicholls from Aston Marina farm shop marked British Sausage Week by challenging customers to come up with their own ideas for sausage flavours. With over 50 entries submitted via social media and visitors to the butcher’s counter, a shortlist was drawn up, with the ...

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Master the art of cocktails and canapes at Aston Marina


If you’re looking to wow your guests over the festive season, get a head start courtesy of a Cocktails & Canapes Masterclass at Stone’s Aston Marina on Thursday 17th December. Attendees of the exclusive ticket-only event will enjoy a drink on arrival  before seeing five different cocktails demonstrated by expert mixologist Ben Hills from Chase Distillery, previous winners of World’s Best Vodka at ...

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