Musical Treat at The Waterfront

Diners and visitors at Barton Marina’s Waterfront Restaurant are in for another musical treat this Friday (27 January) when singer April Davies is all set to get the weekend off to a rousing start.

The solo artist from Burton-on-Trent will be taking the floor from 9-11pm in the restaurant’s temporary home, the Crow’s Nest overlooking the Marina, while the ground floor is undergoing refurbishment.

Waterfront General Manager Megan Morrish said: “Friday night is meant for shrugging off the working week, and we can’t wait for April’s songs and music to get the party going.”

Last week The Waterfront welcomed Jason Jones, star of ITV’s The Voice. “We love staging popular musicians for our regular and our first-time diners and customers,” Megan pointed out. “What we want is for everyone to have a good time.”

Entrance is free but you can also book a table on 01283 711500 to make the evening extra special.



Keep up to date on the Refurb

The work on the downstairs area has now been going on for a couple of weeks.  We have successfully moved up to the Crow’s Nest with the temporary restaurant in full flow.

From stripping everything back to the bare walls and floor the area is now starting to take shape. Some of the flooring is now down and and then there was great excitement on Tuesday when the new bar arrived (although it did look like a flat-pack nightmare)! Have a look at the slideshow below which will give you an idea of what has been going on.


See TV singing sensation perform live

Diners and visitors at Barton Marina’s Waterfront Restaurant are in for a musical treat this Friday when Jason Jones, star of ITV’s The Voice will be singing live.

Jason’s performance on the TV talent contest stunned all four celebrity judges who pressed their buttons to turn and face him.

Sir Tom Jones described the 31-year-old from Walsall as having a ‘wonderful voice,’ while US rapper and entertainer called him ‘amazing.’

Now, people will get to judge for themselves when Jason sings from 9pm-11.30pm on Friday night (20 Jan) in the restaurant’s temporary home, the Crow’s Nest, overlooking Barton Marina – the Waterfront is currently undergoing a refurbishment of its ground floor area.

Jason, who works in a call-centre, was watched by millions last Saturday night. Almost 400,000 people have since viewed his performance on YouTube.

Waterfront General Manager Megan Morrish said: “We’re thrilled Jason is coming to perform for us on Friday night. Our customers recognise quality and expect the best and I’m sure Jason won’t disappoint.”

Jason will next be seen on The Voice when he takes part in the battle rounds against fellow contestants in the coming weeks. He could then make it through to the live shows.

Entrance is free but why don’t you make a night of it and call to make a reservation on 01283 711500.



Couples invited to preview wedding day dreams

Couples seeking the wedding reception of their dreams are invited to a special preview next month (22 February) showing how their special day could take shape.

The Waterfront public house and events venue at Barton Marina will be showcasing its Crow’s Nest Suite to help people plan a magical wedding day.

“Many people have an idea of what their dream wedding will include, but actually seeing what is possible, in situ, is a great help to the planning process,” believes Events Manager Michelle Lees.

Open for viewing, free of charge, from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, 22 February, the room includes a dance floor, bar and a balcony that offers spectacular views over Barton Marina. The Crow’s Nest can seat up to 120 for a Wedding Breakfast or cater for up to 200 people in buffet style.

The venue’s highly experienced wedding team will be on hand to help couples see how their day could take shape.

“We want to give brides-to-be and everyone involved in the planning of the brides’ big day, the chance design a reception tailored to their personality, on the actual site, along with an opportunity to meet a selection of our handpicked wedding suppliers,” Michelle said. “Everything is possible and seeing is believing.”

More information about our weddings can be found here.


Countdown to big New Year makeover at The Waterfront Public House

Changes are afoot at the Waterfront Public House in Barton-under Needwood with a whole new makeover about to create extra wow factor in its downstairs restaurant and bar.

When the work begins on 9 January the Waterfront Restaurant service will be temporarily transferred to The Crow’s Nest upstairs where the balcony overlooks Barton Marina. “We will be serving meals upstairs to ensure that our customers continue to be well catered for and don’t miss out,” said General Manager Megan Morrish.

“We are having a total refurbishment involving a new flooring, new bar, new kitchen, new furniture and new décor so that all the different areas are in complete harmony. We are very excited about it and hope that our customers will be delighted with the outcome.

“She went on: “We have already started work on the outside terrace, so this is the second stage of our project. It’s going to take a little over three weeks from start to finish, with the Waterfront Restaurant re-opening on Monday, 30 January.”

Food will be served as normal until 9.30pm on Friday, 6 January but for the rest of that weekend homemade pizzas only will be available on Saturday from 12 noon to 10pm and on Sunday from 12 noon to 6pm.

Once the downstairs restaurant begins its temporary closure on Monday 9 January, The Crow’s Nest bar will be open and a limited menu available for meals.

Diners wishing to make reservations for meals while The Crow’s Nest hosts the restaurant service are asked to do so by phone. “Customers will be kept up to date with both the refurbishment and opening times on our new website and our Facebook page,” Megan said.

During this time, people wishing to view The Crow’s Nest with a wedding, party or other function in mind are asked to call Events Manager Michelle Lees who will be delighted to show them around.


Tales from the Terrace

The new decking to the outside terrace is really beginning to take shape.  A lot of the boards are now down and you can really get an idea of what the final finished version is going to look like!  Hopefully all will be ship-shape by the middle of January but we will keep you posted.



Full steam ahead at The Waterfront


The terrace is now well on its way – the old flooring is being replaced by wooden decking and we are trying to keep disruption to our customers to a minimum but we are sure you are going to love the new look.











Meanwhile The Crow’s Nest balcony has been undergoing a facelift and I am sure you will agree the new flooring and furniture look great!


Live Acts at the Waterfront – music to make December special

Bands lined up for December at the Waterfront, Barton Marina are all set to see 2016 out with a

With bands booked from 10pm til late every Saturday and Sunday and free admission, December will have something for everyone.  To kick it off Ruby Bridge, a six-piece band who cover a mix of Pop, Soul and Motown going back to the 60’s right through to the present day will be playing on Friday 2nd December.  Then, on Saturday 3rd December the classic midlands covers band, The Vehicle, will be playing a fantastic selection of hits to suit all tastes.

Friday 9th brings Waiting for Susan who are a three-piece folk pop group with a difference.  They play their own story-telling tunes and also take songs everyone loves and add their own twist.  Motorsoul will be playing their energetic, floor-filling selection of Soul and Motown classics on Saturday 10th.  A four-piece West Midlands band delivering sweet soul grooves for everyone to enjoy.

On Friday 16th December, the Birmingham band 12-15, will be rocking the night away with a mix of classic hits from the likes of The Beatles, The Who, Oasis, right up to the best new music.  Then Wingwalkers, a six-piece band will be taking the floor to play Soul, Funk Blues and Rock.

Friday 23rd December means it is time for the four-piece Soul, funk, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Bloosey Boogie Band, Silicone Taxis to take to the floor.  They have an endless catalogue of music including songs by James Brown, Sam and Dave and Wilson Pickett to the sweet soul of The Temptations and Smokey Robinson and classics by The Coasters, Robert Parker and Stevie Wonder.  For Christmas Eve, Dave Titley will be playing from 7pm to 11pm.  Dave plays covers from bands and artists such as Mumford and Sons, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Stereophonics, Oasis, Ed Sheeran, U2, Coldplay, David Gray, The Beatles and many more.

To end December’s live music nights, Capo 4 will be playing on Friday 30th December.  A Staffordshire four-piece band which perform covers and originals and then you can see the New Year in with Mrs Miggins Pie Shoppe on New Year’s Eve (playing 10pm til 2am) – a four-piece live music covers band based near Derby who specialise in playing popular songs from the 1960’s to the present day.


Exciting times at the Waterfront

If you have paid us a visit recently you will have noticed that the terrace is undergoing a transformation.

This is the start of refurbishment works which will be beginning in earnest in the New Year (more to follow)!

At the moment the old stone terrace is being replaced by a brand new decking area and the workmen are already busy levelling the area in readiness for the new flooring.

We are trying to avoid causing any disruption to our visitors but please bear with us as I am sure you will love the new look!