Get crafty at Barton Marina’s Artisan Market

Barton Marina is looking forward to showcasing the best of Staffordshire’s artistic and culinary talent next week as the popular Sunday Artisan Market makes a return.

Staffordshire’s famous waterfront landmark plays host to the bustling shopping event on Sunday 25 June (10am to 4pm) and is set to welcome a host of new stallholders in addition to all the old favourites.

The market, which recently welcomed a new antiques mini market run by Antiques2Go, sits in the heart of Barton Marina’s picturesque canal community and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Held on the last Sunday of every month, the event boasts a treasure trove of handmade gifts, clothes, jewellery and food, giving the region’s independent suppliers a fantastic opportunity to build their businesses.

Among the stallholders are Vivid Accessories (fashion handbags, purses and jewellery) Cook Spanish (Spanish terracotta) The Fudge Cottage (pick n mix fudge) Little Rye Company (rye bread).

The market, run by events management company Sketts, supports Staffordshire’s growing tourist industry and attracts visitors from the UK and beyond. It is also fast becoming a food connoisseur’s heaven with local producers such as Manor Fruit Farm (local strawberries and soft fruits), Cake & Co (cupcakes, tray bakes, cake slices) and Spice Fever (samosas) onboard.

A spokesperson said: “Barton Marina is proud to offer a platform for local independent businesses to build their brand and give our visitors a unique shopping experience.

“We are passionate about nurturing local talent and supporting independent crafts workers to develop and grow their businesses. Our Artisan Market is fast-becoming a must for those wanting something extra special that they can’t buy on the high street.”

The Waterfront – Barton Marina’s premier restaurant and entertainment venue – recently launched a new breakfast menu including Eggs Benedict, American Pancakes and Full English, providing every excuse to enjoy a morning out.

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Staffordshire taps in to booming craft craze

As Britain’s craft movement continues to boom, Barton Marina’s monthly Artisan Market is putting Staffordshire firmly on the tourist map.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the specialist arts and crafts event last year and its eagerly-awaited 2017 return is already proving to be a hit with shoppers.

The market, which is held on the last Sunday of each month, drew visitors far and wide when it opened last month for a new season and the next event on Sunday 28 May (10am to 4pm) promises to be just as popular.

Featuring a wealth of independent suppliers and unique stalls, including a new antiques market, the craft bazaar is yet another reason why visitors are flocking to Staffordshire.

Among the most recent stallholders to join the event are Vivid Accessories (fashion handbags, purses and jewellery) Binneys Fused Glass (fused glass items, gifts and bowls), Phil’s Woodcraft (handmade wooden items), Mercury Gifts (mosaic candle holders) and Petal Felt (handmade crafted felt items).

Alongside traditional craft, the market is also becoming a favourite for food lovers with a wealth of local food producers onboard including Gin On Tour (gin samples), Manor Fruit Farm (local strawberries and soft fruits) and Spice Fever (samosas).

A spokesperson for Barton Marina, said: “Britain’s craft sector is booming and is now a billion-pound industry. Our popular Artisan Market showcases the very best of Staffordshire’s artistic talent and local food producers and is already proving to be a hit with locals and visitors alike.

“The feedback from our opening event has been wonderfully positive, with many welcoming the exciting addition of our new in-house antiques fayre. With the fantastic array of food and drink venues around the marina itself, the market really is becoming a highlight of Staffordshire’s events calendar.”

Antiques2Go is an expert in the management of antiques events and already holds established auctions at Bugbrooke and Moreton Pinkney in Northamptonshire as well as antiques and collectors’ fairs at Lamport Hall in Northampton.

The family-run business, managed by a team of experienced antique dealers, is one of a series of successful independent businesses to sign up to the expanding Artisan Market, run by events management company Sketts.

The Waterfront – Barton Marina’s premier restaurant and entertainment venue – recently launched a new breakfast menu including Eggs Benedict, American Pancakes and Full English, providing every excuse to enjoy a day out at the Marina.

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March Winners!

Every month all the comment cards that are completed are put into a hat and a winner drawn out who wins a bottle of champagne.

March winners were Janine and Alan Cowan who had their first date at The Waterfront after meeting on a dating website and have been coming back ever since.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize make sure you complete the comments card which will go in to the relevant draw.

Artisan Market offers something old and something new

One of Staffordshire’s best-loved monthly craft bazaars will be unveiling its first “in-house” antiques market at the end of the month for a truly vintage shopping experience.

Barton Marina will be hosting Northamptonshire-based Antiques2Go at its popular Artisan Market from Sunday 30 April (10am to 4pm) which promises to draw collectors, traders and buyers from across Staffordshire and beyond.

Antiques2Go is an expert in the management of antiques events and already holds established auctions at Bugbrooke and Moreton Pinkney in Northamptonshire as well as antiques and collectors’ fairs at Lamport Hall in Northampton.

The family-run business, managed by a team of experienced antique dealers, will present a treasure chest of goods and collectables at the marina’s Sunday Artisan Market and is the latest in a series of successful independent businesses to sign up to the expanding event.

It comes as The Waterfront – Barton Marina’s premier restaurant and entertainment venue – launches a new breakfast menu providing every excuse to enjoy a morning out at the market.

With mouth-watering old favourites such as Eggs Benedict, American Pancakes and Full English – plus a glass of champagne or prosecco to wash it down – it’ll be hard to say no.

A spokesperson for Barton Marina said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Antiques2Go to our Sunday Artisan Market which will expand the scope of this event and appeal to the many collectors and buyers who live in this region.

“The marina is becoming a popular visitor attraction and it’s important to us to continually look at new ways to enhance the shopping experience with new traders and a wealth of eating and drinking options, including a wonderful, canal side breakfast.

“With just a week to go until the 2017 season gets underway, we’re busying finalising our exhibitor list and hope to be announcing more exciting traders in the near future.”

A host of diverse, talented producers will be showcasing their high-quality goods at the monthly events, which take place on the last Sunday of every month from April through to November. Among those will be Ranfire Designs (unique and patterned jewellery), Truly Creative Designs (giftware), Noon Bags (cotton/canvas bags), Pretty Swish (ladies accessories), Spice Fever (samosas) and Jem (Italian clothing).

The Market, run by events management company Sketts, is one of the highlights of Barton Marina’s events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide.

Set against the backdrop of one of Staffordshire’s best-loved landmarks, it’s an ideal day out or shopping trip for those looking for something they can’t buy on the high street.

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Artisan Market returns to Barton Marina for new season

Hundreds of shoppers are expected to flock to Barton Marina on Sunday, 30th April for the return of its popular Sunday Artisan Market.

On the last Sunday of every month from April to November, a host of diverse, talented arts and crafts makers will be showcasing their high-quality goods.

The market is one of the highlights of Barton Marina’s events calendar and attracts visitors from far and wide. With its lakes and walks, Staffordshire’s best-loved landmark caters for people wanting a day out and some fun.

Michelle Lees, Events Manager for the Waterfront pub and restaurant, said: “We’re really excited to see the Sunday Artisan Market back for the 2017 season with lots of exciting new stall-holders as well some of the old favourites.

“The market not only gives the on-site retailers a chance to shine, but visitors can pick up something special that they wouldn’t find on the High Street.

“There is always an impressive line-up of stalls, and loads of places to eat and drink. Apart from the recently-refurbished Waterfront’s not-to-be-missed Sunday lunches – on-line booking available – Barton Marina boasts the Red Carpet Cinema and café bar, the Apple Tree Coffee Lounge, the Nipa Thai restaurant and the Marina Café.”

Among the stallholders signed up to the 2017 season are Ranfire Designs (unique and patterned jewellery), Truly Creative Designs (giftware), Noon Bags (cotton/canvas bags), Pretty Swish (ladies accessories), Spice Fever (samosas) and Jem (Italian clothing).

The market runs from 10am to 4pm.

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January Winner!

Every month all the comment cards that are completed are put into a hat and a winner drawn out who wins a bottle of champagne.

January’s winner was Tina Limbrick who lives locally and eats out at the Waterfront on a regular basis.

Tina was able to come down and collect her bottle and check out the new terrace at the same time!

If you want to be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize make sure you complete the comments card which will go in to the relevant draw.

Staffordshire marina pub scoops top marks in hygiene inspection

Staff and customers at one of Staffordshire’s best-loved restaurants and entertainment venues are celebrating the retention of its five-star rating following a recent hygiene inspection.

The Waterfront at Barton Marina was inspected by environmental health officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council shortly after completing a major refurbishment project which has transformed the restaurant and terrace areas.

The inspection typically examines how hygienically food is handled including its preparation, how it is re-heated, cooled and stored; the condition of the building itself including cleanliness, layout, lighting and ventilation and how the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and to maintain standards in the future.

Following the visit, the Waterfront was given the top rating of five stars which means the hygiene standards are “very good” with no areas of urgent improvement identified.

Commenting on the success, General Manager, Megan Morrish said: “We are delighted with the five-star rating. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are passionate about delivering the highest standards to our customers.

“This official seal of approval confirms the Waterfront is a restaurant that takes pride in every area of its business and is dedicated to providing a truly first-rate dining experience.”

The hygiene rating system is run by the Food Standards Agency, the government department responsible for food safety, in conjunction with local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Inspections are carried out to check food businesses are complying with food hygiene laws and ratings are awarded based on the findings during the inspection. The results of inspections are published on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

The Waterfront’s complete makeover of the pub interior includes a refitted bar, tile flooring, furniture and décor so that all the different areas of the establishment complement each other. To play up the wow factor, the terrace overlooking the Marina has been timber-boarded with subtle uplighters and copper gas flambeaux.

To celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art kitchen, Head Chef, Pete Godwin, has unveiled an inspired menu incorporating fresh dishes alongside old favourites.

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Top Staffordshire wedding venue helps couples say ‘I Do!’

Couples preparing to tie the knot in 2017 need not look any further than The Waterfront at Barton Marina for inspiration on creating the perfect wedding day.

The picturesque wedding venue is hosting a Wedding Fayre on Sunday 19th March showcasing the best Staffordshire has to offer in the way of wedding suppliers.

From wedding attire, bridal gowns, flowers and photography through to beauty advice and celebration cakes, the Fayre will offer all the specialist advice and services required for picture-perfect nuptials.

The event, which runs from noon until 4pm and is free of charge, will be hosted in the Crow’s Nest – a luxurious wedding reception and civil ceremony room catering for up to 120 seated guests and up to 200 for buffet-style celebrations. The facility overlooks the 300-berth marina on the Trent and Merseyside Canal.

Michelle Lees, The Waterfront’s wedding and events coordinator, said: “Planning a wedding can be an exhausting and time-consuming experience. Our Wedding Fayre will be a fun and relaxing way of browsing the quality suppliers Staffordshire has to offer and will help couples tick off some of those all-important jobs.

“We’re very proud of the spectacular views here which have inspired many couples to say “I Do!” at The Waterfront. We’re looking forward to presenting our popular Crow’s Nest facilities in all their glory to give couples a picture of what their perfect day might look like.”

Among the exhibitors confirmed for the event is luxury florist and event styling firm Sorella Events, Lichfield Entertainment Hire, Barry James Photography, Kevin Paul hire wear specialist, Eddie Young Magician, and bridal wear specialist Nero E Bianco. GC Events will also be attending as specialists in wedding and event entertainment.

The Waterfront has a range of packages for couples preparing to celebrate their nuptials. For more details, visit: http://waterfrontbarton.co.uk/weddings-events/weddings/

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Fresh New Look at The Waterfront, Barton Marina

One of Staffordshire’s most popular waterfront pubs has unveiled its new look, reaping glowing feedback from customers this week.

The Waterfront at Barton Marina has undergone an exciting refurbishment to the main bar and restaurant areas, including new flooring, a new bar, a new kitchen, new furniture and décor as well an overhaul of the outside terraces.

The brand-new menu – inspired by the new head chef, Pete Godwin – has also been praised, with regular customers proclaiming it was the ‘best meal yet’.

Pete, who was a former sous chef at the Michelin Recommended, 3 Rosette Paris House Restaurant in Woburn, Bedford, has 13 years of kitchen experience in addition to formal training in classical French cuisine and pastry.

Meanwhile, on the first floor The Crow’s Nest will return to being able to host weddings, private functions and business events, having been used as a temporary home for dining and pub customers during the refurbishment.

General Manager Megan Morrish said: “We have invested a lot of time and thought into making all areas of the pub as contemporary and stylish as possible.  I think we have given our customers even more reasons to visit us!  It was rewarding to see how well the refurb has been received by those who have already come to have a look and just goes to show that all the hard work over the last few weeks has been worthwhile.

“Pete has cooked up a delicious new menu as part of our revamp to create a truly fresh experience for all our customers, old and new.  We look forward to welcoming everybody into our fantastic new-look bar and restaurant.”

For more information on The Waterfront can be found at:

http://waterfrontbarton.co.uk/

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New Year New Look for Barton Marina’s waterfront restaurant

Staffordshire’s best-loved waterfront pub will unveil its new look next week when it reopens its restaurant following a New Year makeover.

Work started on January 9 to transform The Waterfront and diners will get their first glimpse of the new lay-out on Monday (6 February).

The revamp has included brand new flooring, a new bar, new kitchen, new furniture and new décor so that all the different areas of the establishment complement each other.

Alongside the new refit, The Waterfront is launching a brand new menu inspired by its head chef, Pete Godwin.

Pete, who was a former sous chef at the Michelin Recommended, 3 Rosette Paris House Restaurant in Woburn, Bedford, has 13 years of kitchen experience in addition to formal training in classical French cuisine and pastry.

Meanwhile, The Crow’s Nest will return to being able to host weddings, private functions and business events again, including a Wedding Showcase event on February 22 for prospective couples and their families.

The wedding extravaganza will provide guests with an opportunity of seeing the venue as it could possibly look on their wedding day as well as meeting a range of local wedding suppliers.

General Manager Megan Morrish said: “We’re so excited to be unveiling our exciting new look which enhances what is already one of Staffordshire’s best-loved waterside restaurants and entertainment venues.

“We’ve invested a lot of time and thought into making all areas of the pub as contemporary and stylish as possible to give our customers even more reason to visit us.

“Pete has also cooked up a delicious new menu in celebration of the new facelift to create a truly fresh experience for all our customers, old and new. We look forward to welcoming everybody into our newly improved home.”

During the refurb, the Waterfront Restaurant was temporarily transferred to The Crow’s Nest upstairs where the balcony overlooks Barton Marina to ensure customers didn’t miss out on their favourite dining experience.

The refit also included work on the outside terrace to ensure all areas benefitted from the update.

For more information on The Waterfront and what’s going on visit http://waterfrontbarton.co.uk/

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