A FAMILY-RUN bistro on Aston Marina in Stone is making a name for itself for serving stunning contemporary British cuisine, in a picturesque waterside setting - and doing it using local produce and at least one talented young local chef.
The team at Aston Marina Bistro this week were celebrating after being named the number one restaurant in Stone on tripadvisor, a travel website specialising in user-generated content, meaning that the good reviewers are all coming from the customers eating there.
Alex Clayton, 30, who owns the Bistro with partner Helen Webb, 28, said all the staff were really thrilled by the recognition.
“We’re really, really pleased,” he said. “We have always worked really hard, since we opened two years ago on both the food and the service, so to see people saying such great things about us is fantastic.”
And indeed the online customer reviews are glowing, calling the locally sourced food “delicious” and “beautifully presented” as well as complimenting the “lovely surroundings” and “friendly, attentive and knowledgable” staff.
And one of those members of staffmight just be the crown jewel in Aston Marina’s collection.
17-year-old chef Rosanna Moseley just placed a very respectable second in the Taste of Staffordshire Young Chef of Tomorrow competition.
Competing in a heated two-hour cook off at Stafford College, Rosanna, who works full time at the Bistro, took on five other contestants in her category, prepar- ing a three-course meal using local sea- sonal ingredients and all for under £20.
Mr Clayton said how proud he and his partner were of Rosanna’s achievement and invited anyone who wanted to sam- ple the skills to come to the Bistro.
“She works here full-time, probably more than full-time honestly,” he said. “We took her on as an apprentice when we first opened two and a half years ago and she’s been here with us ever since.
“She’s done really, really well for herself and she’s only going to get better in the future.”