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Cullens makes 2016 Good Food Guide

Richard and Kara Cullen

Cullens in Stone has made it into the prestigious 2016 Good Food Guide, the only restaurant in Staffordshire to be featured. Since 1951, The Good Food Guide has reviewed the best restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK. Each year, the Guide is completely rewritten and compiled from scratch. All reviews are based on the huge volume of feedback that ...

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Blogger of the year at food and drink festival

Food blogger Helen Jessup

Stone Food and Drink Festival will, for the second year running, be offering visitors the chance to get ‘hands on’ with food in their adult cookery masterclasses at Westbridge Park. The festival is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2004 to bring the community together to celebrate the very best of the local produce. The festival has gone from strength to ...

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Takeaway plan for the back of Baileys DIY

Baileys DIY Stone High Street

A planning application has been submitted to convert the rear of the empty Baileys DIY unit on Stone High Street into a takeaway. The plans – submitted by national planning consultants DPP – seek permission to sub-divide the building, creating a takeaway at the back. The area had previously been used by Baileys DIY, which closed earlier this year, as a storage ...

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Cocktail king at Stone Food and Drink Festival

Ali mixing up a mouthwatering cocktail

The UK Bartender of the Year and one of the UK’s most innovative cocktail makers will be causing a stir during this year’s Stone Food and Drink Festival. Paul Gilmore from The Wheatsheaf, and Whitebridge Wines, have both enticed Ali Reynolds back to Staffordshire to showcase his abilities. Ali, who can be found on Instagram as @alicampari, a former student of Staffordshire’s ...

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‘Oatcakes and Milkshakes’ cafe opening in Stone

Footstep Oatcakes and Milkshakes

Freshly-made oatcakes, milkshakes and ice creams – what a combination! And they’ll all be served up at a new cafe opening in Stone soon. ‘Oatcakes and Milkshakes’ will be opening in the former Footstep shoe shop in Stafford Street. As well as freshly-made oatcakes on the premises, the cafe will also house a milkshake bar and ice cream parlour. There will ...

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Foodie fun for the whole family at Stone Food & Drink Festival!

Kiddy Cook_courtesy of Martin Robinson

The 2015 Stone Food & Drink Festival is set to offer even more for families this year with some great new attractions at Westbridge Park, including a circus big top with puppet shows, workshops and more. Alongside old favourites like the demonstration kitchen, the Talks & Tastings Tent and stalls from 100 artisan producers, there are some exciting new additions to the ...

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Aston Marina and Lymestone Brewery have ‘Great Taste’!

Aston Marina's award-winning chefs: Earnie Totton, Andy Stewart, Tom Harrison, Jack Newport and Andy Pickstock

Dishes created by the chefs behind Aston Marina’s renowned bistro, and five bottled beers from Lymestone Brewery, have been awarded stars in the 2015 Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards – the benchmark for the finest food and drink in the land. The Marina’s salmon, prawn and dill fishcake and chocolate tiffin both underwent blind taste testing under a judging ...

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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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