Come dine with us – Totally Locally in Stone

Come dine with us – Totally Locally in Stone 

news from Totally Locally from Jill Hood

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Exciting times for Stone as the news is that at the time of writing this the Crown Hotel has been sold and we have only 3 empty shops in our town, which compared to many other towns looks like we’re extremely fortunate; surely this can only mean businesses have confidence in Stone and local consumer confidence is high. I’m a great advocate of the Best of British and taking it one step further is shopping Totally Locally.

Stopping for a second when you’re shopping to check where what you’re buying has come from and choosing to buy locally made and produced items, can make a difference to the survival of our High Streets throughout the UK. It’s great to see new traders in the town such as Rogue Boutique and Snooty Madam selling modern and affordable classic clothes to suit all ages, they fit nicely with Zeta and Country Lady, both successful in their own right. We welcome Tylman the new shop in Granville Square whose bespoke kitchens have caused quite a stir. The wide variety of independent shops we have in the town, encourages people to visit Stone and spend in other shops, cafes and restaurants, Good news for Stone!

I was stopped by someone who asked where they could go for a pleasant walk and then have lunch as it was their first time in Stone.They had seen the sign on the A34 stating Stone Regional winners In Bloom and thought it sounded worth a visit. I was able to recommend a number of restaurants and a walk across the amphitheatre and Crown Meadow; our town has so much to offer.

There’s also the newly opened electronic cigarette shop Vapour-Shop opposite the new bakers shop Stone Baked, which leads me nicely on to what this piece is all about.

Tina Claire has taken over the old Hammersley’s shop renaming it Stone Baked. She was woken in the middle of the night by a friend calling to say he’d had a wonderful idea for an event in Stone which would include a number of local independent businesses. She asked him to call her back when she was at least awake.

From there the idea of Come Dine with Us Stone was born and organised with Totally Locally traders and people of Stone involved! Stone Station is booked for October 19th and 16 lucky people and their partners will win the chance to enjoy a three course meal with everything about it Totally Locally. The dining table will be adorned with table decorations from Jolu in Radford Street, where Jodie and Val stock and sell a host of unusual handmade gifts and cards made locally, ideal for any occasion. The station will be dressed by local florists Alison O’Mara who is one of three florists in the town along with Crazy Daisies and the Flower Room at Walton. Alison will also become a waitress for the evening as she admits once the flowers have been arranged there’s nothing else she can do, as no one in their right mind would want her to cook! For the first course there will be two choices with ingredients provided by All Seasons of Stone High Street and Bev’s Bakery based on the Whitebridge Estate. Bev bakes all her own pies, both sweet and savoury plus cakes with ingredients all sourced locally. Stone Baked’s own artisan breads will be on the table to accompany the first course and if you haven’t tried her tear and share loaf or any of the other sumptuous varieties of bread, cakes and sandwiches she sells then you are missing something special! The main course will be provided by Stef of Country Butchers based in Adies Alley.      We’re lucky to have three such highly rated butchers in Stone and Brydon’s and Lee Walkers in Walton are now joined by Country Butchers who have worked hard to earn a really good reputation. Stef’s main course is guaranteed to be delicious! Bev’s Bakery will be baking the sweet course along with Stone Baked and if diners can’t decide which puddings to choose then we insist they have a taste of each.

Andrew and Claire of Old School Wines will be looking after the sixteen diners with their collection of recommended wines.They have a straightforward of imparting their knowledge of wines without it being too highbrow and on the night they will be guiding diners through their choice of wine.

Panda Press are 100% supportive of the Come Dine with Us Stone event and have generously designed and printed the flyers. The event looks set to be great fun and waiters and waitresses are all well seasoned (excuse the pun) local people who have never waited on in their lives so diners can expect some surprises. To be in with a chance of winning a Totally Locally gourmet meal for two, spend £5 in one of the businesses mentioned and fill in and return the entry form with contact details.  On October 10th each individual business will draw out one slip and will contact the lucky winners next day.