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  • Pride in Stafford Business Awards 2017 (2/9/2017)

    We are delighted with our success at last night’s Pride in Stafford Business Awards and would like to thank everyone who voted for us!

    We came FIRST in the Restaurant Category, FIRST in the Bar, Pubs, Clubs Category, SECOND in the Coffee Shop Category and SECOND in the Leisure & Lifestyle Category!

    The Swan - winner best restaurant (4)Pictured is Swan Head Chef Darren Buckley with Jo from the Best Restaurant category sponsor – Taste of Staffordshire along with the Mayor of Stafford, Geoff Collier

     

     

    The Swan - winner best bar (5)Pictured is Ed Wallbank, Operations Manager at The Swan with Mike Ronan, Swan Assistant Bar Manager along with Mayor of Stafford Geoff Collier and Wes from Best Pub, Bar, Club Category Sponsor Delineate Design.

     

    These awards,  are extra special to us as they are voted for entirely by the general public – thank you so much!

     

  • Stafford Town Trail (9/5/2016)

    There are few places in Staffordshire with such a wide variety of architectural styles as our county town.

    The Swan Stafford and Stafford Town TrailThe Stafford Town Trail takes you on a tour of our beautiful town and features two Norman churches, each with later influences and additions, a number of Tudor and Stuart half-timbered buildings, along with handsome Queen Anne and Georgian town houses. The public buildings include the Classical Shire Hall, the French Gothic Borough Hall, and the early Edwardian Baroque County Buildings.

    The Stafford Town Trail should take you no longer than an hour, although you may wish to explore the additional sites.  Much of the route is pedestrianised, with good wheel-chair access.

  • Freak Shakes! (7/14/2016)

    The Swan, Stafford Freak Shakes Our growing range of Freak Shakes are taking Staffordshire by storm!

    The trend for Freak Shakes – creamy, thick milkshakes topped with cake, crazy toppings and cream  – originated in Canberra, Australia and have proved a massive hit with our lovely customers!

    Our range of available Freak Shakes is growing – take your pick from Treat time, Candy Mountain, Chocolate Mint or Strawberry.  We now even offer a Monster Hot Chocolate!
    All are priced at £4.50
    Treat time milkshake - strawberry milkshake topped with a chocolate wafer, cream, smarties, jelly strawberries, and jammy dodger Strawberry milkshake with white chocolate chip cookie, marshmallows, party rings and flying saucers Monster hot chocolate - topped with cream, marshmallows, chocolate razzles, chocolate nut brownie and a flake Chocolate mint shake with double chocolate chip cookie, cream and mint Aero bubbles

     

  • The Lewis Partnership Gin Festival Returns for 2016! (6/6/2016)

    Gin Festival 2016Now in it’s 3rd year, The Lewis Partnership Gin Festival returns to all of our venues from 10th to 24th June 2016!

    Celebrating all things Gin, we will be showcasing over 30 Gins across our properties.

    Our handy Gindex will be on hand again too to help you with your choice, and includes recommendations for mixers and garnishes!

    Don’t miss it!

  • Stafford Cheese, Ale & More! Festival (4/27/2016)

    The Stafford Cheese, Ale and More Festival will take place in the beautiful Market Square, in the heart of the County Town, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May 2016.

    Cheese makers, breweries and local food producers will fill the Market Square in Stafford, with a fantastic range of products and a fine array of artisan food, as the county town hosts the 2016 Stafford Cheese, Ale and More Festival. The event proved a huge success in 2015 attracting tens of thousands of people to the town and so an extra day has been added as it returns for a third year.

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    We are hosting a new event on the Friday, the opportunity to take Afternoon Tea , including a scone baking demonstration in the Festival marquee.  Tickets must be booked in advance and are available here

    On Saturday top local chefs from the Staffordshire Chefs Forum, including our own Group Executive Chef and BCF chairman Matt Davies, will be getting the crowd’s taste buds going with cookery demonstrations and there will be an alfresco bar.

    A highlight on the Saturday is …..”The Great Chefs Challenge” – when two local chefs will go head to head in a ready, steady, cook style challenge at 1pm …..make sure you take your seats early; this will be something not to be missed,and two lucky members of the audience will be invited to join the chefs on stage!

    For this year’s festival, there are more stands, music, street theatre and more events – the full two day programme is available here

     

  • “Green” Beer now being served in Lewis Partnership properties. (1/28/2016)

    We have taken another step in our “Green” mission for energy efficiency and have installed The Lewis Partnership Beer Tech Air FlowBeer Tech Air Flow systems in our beer cellars at The Moat House, Acton Trussell; The Swan, Stafford; The Dog & Doublet Inn, Sandon and The Bear Grill, Stafford.  Installation at The Red Lion, Bradley will follow their refurb planned for early summer.

    The Beer Tech Air Flow system operates via an external sensor probe which monitors the outdoor temperature.  When that temperature drops below 10˚ the ambient air is drawn from outside to maintain the cellar temperature between 10˚-12˚.  Because the thermostat of the cellar cooling system senses that the temperature is correct it doesn’t turn on.

    With British weather forecasters indicating that the temperature is below 10˚ for 60% of the year the savings made in energy usage should be at least 50%

  • New Year, New Career? (1/7/2016)

    Would you like to start 2016 with a new job?

    We are looking for some passionate and talented people to join our Brasserie team with both full and part time vacancies available.

    Do you think you have what it takes?

    Send a CV to ed@thelewispartnership.co.uk or call our Human Resources department on 01785710700

    new year new career

  • Wide Eyed and Legless (11/23/2015)

    wide eyed and leglessBack in June this year, Stafford based coffee roastery HasBean (with the creative input of professional cyclists Andy Tennant and Liam Holohan) created a special Staffordshire Cycling Festival coffee to be sold through the hotels and bars owned by The Lewis Partnership. The coffee was christened ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’.

    The coffee, which was sold for one week in the run up to the cycling festival raised a profit of £380 which the organisers and sponsors decided to invest back into the sport that inspired the creation of the coffee.

    After much deliberation, the group settled on the Dave Rayner fund to receive the donation. The Dave Rayner Fund is an initiative set up in the memory of professional cyclist Dave Rayner, it gives grants to young riders to enable them to live for short periods in Europe to race in pursuit of a professional cycling career. Former beneficiaries of the fund have gone on to race in the biggest races in the world including the Tour de France, World Championships and one day classics.

    Chris Lewis and Steve Leighton from The Lewis Partnership and HasBean met with festival organiser Paul Rowlands at The Moat House recently to hand over a cheque for £380 to be passed on to the Dave Rayner Fund.

    dave Rayner Fund Cheque

    Speaking about the donation, festival organiser Paul Rowlands of Leadout Cycling Ltd said,

    “The professional races are the centrepiece of the event we organise here in Staffordshire and in that respect we’re a rung on the ladder that riders must climb if they want to get to the very top of the sport. Having this chance to directly help riders climb higher and faster on that ladder is hugely pleasing and we’d like to thank Lewis Partnership and HasBean for their generosity in passing forward the proceeds of our endeavours”

    You can find out more about The Dave Rayner Fund at www.daveraynerfund.co.uk or by reading the recently released book Everybody’s Friend that tells the story of Dave’s life (See http://www.daveraynerfund.co.uk/book/ for more details)

  • Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards (11/19/2015)

    We are overjoyed at the success of The Lewis Partnership at the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards that took place on Monday 16th November at a 50’s themed awards ceremony held at Drayton Manor Park.

    The awards were independently judged and verified by Service Science. Entrants were reviewed and marked on their commitment to delivering excellent customer service, training and skills for employees, sustainability and environment; along with the entrants’ proactivity and dedication to best practice, quality of service and product.

    The Swan was awarded three awards – Gold for Small Hotel of the Year; Gold for Tourism Pub of the Year and Silver for Restaurant of the Year

    The Moat House, Acton Trussell received two awards – Gold for Restaurant of the Year and the Taste of Staffordshire Tourism Award

    The Dog and Doublet were awarded silver in the Guest Accommodation of the Year category!

    There were 17 categories for this year’s Tourism Awards which include accolades for visitor attractions, accommodation, events, experiences and also recognise the food and drink industry.  Gold award winners across the categories are pictured here:

    Enjoy Staffs gold award winners

    A great result all round and we are all delighted with the awards which will be proudly on display across our properties!

     

  • Christmas in Stafford (11/5/2015)

    At this magical time of year there is no better place to come than the beautiful County Town of Stafford. Stafford comes alive with the spirit of Christmas with twinkling Christmas lights and a spectacular fireworks show all happening on Saturday 22nd November.

    This handy programme will help to make sure you don’t miss any of the Festive Activities planned for the town centre!

    Christmas in Stafford 2015