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New canalside cafe near Stafford will create five jobs and seat more than 100 customers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 28, 2014

By Robin Scott

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A NEW canalside café near Stafford will seat more than 100 customers, create five new jobs and will be ready for visitors to while away the sunshine hours this summer.

Chris and Wendy Barton scored such a hit with their family-run farm-shop Canalside Farm in Great Haywood, they introduced a new bakery, butchers and delicatessen, were forced to take on another full-time butcher and have seen an incredible 26% increase in sales at the end of their second year, leading to them expanding their offering to the new Canalside Café set to open its doors at the end of June this year.

Mr Barton said: “Our aim has always been to source local food and drink, from farms and producers within a 30 mile radius, whilst continuing to produce our own fruit, vegetables and bedding plants right here on the Farm.

“Now with the new development of the Canalside Café, we hope that people will be able to come here not only to shop, but also to relax and unwind.”

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The new catering facility, on which construction began this week, is set to seat 72 customers inside and 35 more outside, with all the work carried out by local Stafford contractor RA Edwards – who in turn has a policy of only using local suppliers where possible.

Mr Barton said the location, on the side of the Trent and Mersey canal, was ‘stuning’ and would be ‘both tranquil and interesting’ giving visitors the chance to enjoy freshly-prepared local food while they watched the canal boats go by.

“And if you feel the need to walk all of that delicious food off, there are beautiful canal side walks, as well as the opportunity to visit the stunning Stately Home, Shugborough, which is only a 10 minute walk away.”

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