With the expansion of the main festival site at Westbridge Park, this year’s Stone Food & Drink Festival — which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 4, 5 and 6 — is set to offer its foodie followers a host of new attractions, alongside firm festival favourites.
As well as the usual attractions —such as live demonstrations, marquees holding various food and drink, children’s entertainment and a whole host of local food suppliers selling their wares — the most exciting addition to this year’s event, whose main sponsor is the Taste of Staffordshire, will offer visitors the chance to enjoy fine dining as part of their festival experience at the ‘Pop up in the Park’ – a restaurant and piano bar courtesy of a partnership between two of Staffordshire’s best-known purveyors of fine food and drink; The Moat House at Acton Trussell and Tittensor’s Old School Wines.
While the piano bar will serve wine, champagne and cocktails throughout festival opening hours alongside delicious, hand-picked accompaniments from a deli bar, the restaurant — led by The Lewis Partnership’s Executive Head Chef Matt Davies — will serve delicious three-course lunches on all three days.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, once the main festival gates have closed, it will transform into an independent venue serving elegant evening meals and drinks exclusively to customers who pre-book tables.
Festival Chairman, Richard Stevens said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to add a fine dining experience to the attractions on Westbridge Park over the ‘big weekend’. This is something that has been a long time in the planning, and it’s great to have two first-class partners on board to deliver what looks set to be a very special addition to the festival.”
Daytime Drinks and Deli
In the smart Piano Bar, festival-goers can relax and enjoy a glass of wine, champagne or a cocktail from Old School Wines’ resident mixologist; perhaps accompanied by a selection of items from the deli bar stocked with hand-picked delights to complement the drinks on offer.
Piano Bar open daily 10am to 6pm; Deli Counter open 10.30am to 4.30pm
For those who’ve worked up more of an appetite, three-course lunch menus from the Lewis Partnership’s Executive Head Chef Matt Davies will make use of the very best local, seasonal produce to create the classic British fare that has won him numerous awards; while Old School Wines’ sommeliers will be on hand to cherry-pick wines to accompany Matt’s menu.
Friday and Saturday — lunch 11.30am to 3.30pm. Three-courses £19.95pp
Sunday roast lunch – 11.30am to 3.30pm. Three-courses £20pp
On Friday and Saturday evenings, when the crowds have left Westbridge Park, the venue will remain open exclusively to those who have booked to dine in advance; serving elegant four-course evening meals accompanied by fine wines and aperitifs from the Piano Bar.
Four course gourmet dinner served Friday and Saturday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm; £45pp (strictly reservations only).
Advance booking is essential for evening meals and highly recommended for lunch on all three days — to make a reservation please call 01785 710715 or email Sarah@thelewispartnership.co.uk. Open at noon on Friday to coincide with festival gates opening
— A pair of weekend tickets, worth £30 which allows entry to Westbridge Park on all three days.
— Sunday lunch for two people in the ‘Pop up in the Park’ restaurant (usually £20 per head) PLUS complementary glass of champagne from the Piano Bar.
Please note drinks not included apart from the glass of champagne stated in the prize.
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