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

Couples preparing to tie the knot in 2018/2019 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 12th November 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 12noon 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, Eddie Young Magician and 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:

Champagne Winners

Congratulations to our lucky May, July & September Champagne Winners.  Thank you for completing a comment card when you recently dined with us.

Paul Barnett, our May Winner, is auctioning off his prize for charity.


Recent Celebrities

The Waterfront welcomed England football coach, Gareth Southgate, to dinner the other evening. He’s just one of many sporting celebrities from St George’s Park who enjoy a night out at The Place To Be! Other recent visitors include the Australian Rugby League party and the US under-19 Women’s football team. Thank you Hilton Hotel for recommending us.

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.