- LP Rewards – the Loyalty Scheme You’ve Been Waiting For! (1/24/2018)
We have recently unveiled our new, highly anticipated loyalty scheme – LP Rewards
LP Rewards is an App based scheme which rewards our guests with Loyalty Rewards Points for every £ spent on food and drink at any Lewis Partnership property.
Rewards Points can then be exchanged for gifts in our points shop!
Not only that but we give you a £5 gift to spend on your next visit just for downloading!
- Did somebody say Prosecco?! (1/24/2018)
Prosecco is always a popular choice but who knew there were so many variations, tastes and flavours available?
We have teamed up with Prosecco expert Julia Phillips from Just Perfect Wines to create the perfect sparkling event experiences
Each event includes Prosecco on arrival and tastings throughout the evening, a Prosecco talk and tasting notes and a Prosecco quiz, with a prize
The first of the events is a Prosecco Dinner at The Moat House on Thursday 29th March. You can enjoy a stunning selection of Prosecco’s each expertly paired with each delicious course of our four course menu
Tickets are only £35 each and are available here
On Friday 27th April Julia joins us again at our sister property The Bank House, Hixon for an evening of Prosecco & Canapes. Again each canape selection will be accompanied by an expertly paired Prosecco and we then serve a main course and dessert to round off the evening. Tickets for the Bank House event are available here at £25pp
Returning to the Moat House on Friday 25th May, Julia brings along her cheese expert too, as we host a Prosecco and Cheese Pairing event – five Prosecco tastings accompanied by delicious cheese tastings, with a cheese talk added in too! Tickets for this events are £25pp and are available here
- Whisky Dinners at The Moat House (1/24/2018)
We’re always looking for something a little different to offer our guests, and we have recently joined forces with David Wood from Distilled Tasting and Tours to offer a series of Whisky Dinners.
David brings along six stunning single malt whiskies which our Chefs have expertly paired with a fantastic four course dinner.
The evenings are designed to be intimate dinners, with not greater than 15 guests at each event. David, former Islay Distillery Manager, bottler and whisky expert hosts the evenings and guides guests through each of the single malt Scotch whiskies. He also demonstrates how to taste and compare good whiskies and explains exactly how Scotland’s gift to the world makes the very special journey from field to glass
These fun and informative events are suitable for newcomers to the world of whisky, seasoned enthusiasts and even those who don’t like whisky…..yet!
Our next Whisky Nights take place on: 30th January, 9th February (fully booked) and 28th February, with further dates to be scheduled Tickets are priced at £48 per person and available here
- Guest Chef Night with The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool (10/12/2017)
We had an amazing night last night when Paul Askew and Daniella Tucci from The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool joined us for our Guest Chef Night.
Cooking for over 40 lucky diners Paul and Daniella worked alongside the Moat House Restaurant Chef Team and created a tremendous 7 course dinner.
Paul, who has previously appeared on Saturday Kitchen and on this years Great British Menu show was a delight to watch at work and amicable, relaxed and friendly as he interacted with our team.
Paul and Daniella brought their dishes of Seared King Scallop and Loin of Red Deer from The Art School’s menu and they proved a hit with our guests too.
Paul is the latest Chef to join us for our increasingly popular Guest Chef Nights and follows our previous Guests including: Nathan Eades from Simpsons, Birmingham; Adam Handling, The Frog, London; Brad Carter, Carters of Moseley; Tom Brown, previously- Outlaws at The Capital.
More Guest Chef dates are in the planning – subscribe to our mailing list to ensure you’re amongst the first to hear!
- AA Rosettes and a Michelin Plate! (10/10/2017)
The Moat House Restaurant has successfully had it’s 2 AA Rosette status renewed for the 19th consecutive year – a fantastic achievement and a true endorsement of the restaurants consistency and quality.
This news coincided with the publication of the 2018 Michelin Guide where we are delighted to have been awarded a Michelin Plate entry and the two knives and forks accolade.
Following their anonymous visit The Michelin inspectors described the Moat House Restaurant: “Head to this attractive hotel restaurant for views over the leafy garden to the barges gliding by on the canal. Cooking is modern British and dishes are accomplished and well-judged; the tasting menu is a hit with the regulars”
Chris Lewis, Managing Partner of The Lewis Partnership said: ” We are delighted to have received such high accolades from well respected and trusted assessors in the industry. It is a testament to our team of the hard work and dedication that goes into producing the consistency of service that is recognised by these awards. We will continue to strive to produce the quality and style of food our diners want to eat”
- Golden Wedding celebration….. and they met at The Swan! (4/6/2017)
We were delighted to welcome Anne & Stuart to the Moat House last weekend to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in our Colin Lewis Suite.
Their celebration was made even more special given the fact they actually first met at our sister hotel, The Swan, Stafford
Stuart & Anne’s daughter, Sam, gave us some more information:
The happily married couple met on 6th November 1965. Stuart was from Wolverhampton and worked in a TV shop pharmacy no prescription in Stafford, Anne was a hairdresser. They were in what is now the Courtyard Bar at The Swan, previously known as the George Burrows Bar, where a jazz band was playing. Stuart was introduced to Anne by her brother Jim, whom Stuart worked with.
Later that evening they went on to the Top of the World (now Couture) and the rest, as they say, is history!
The couple married at Castle Church, Stafford on 1st April 1967 and then got into a Rolls Royce to travel to their reception which was just across the road in the church hall.
Stuart and Anne honeymooned in the Lake District. Apparently, it rained, but they said they didn’t care!
- Guest Chef Night with Adam Handling – 8th May 2017 (2/17/2017)
We are delighted to be able to announce that we will be welcoming Chef Adam Handling to The Moat House on Monday 8th May 2017 for our next Guest Chef Night.
Three AA Rosette Chef Adam will be joining our kitchen team to cook alongside our Chefs to create a stunning evening of culinary delights for our restaurant diners.
Places are limited and are sure to sell out quickly so reserve your place by calling us on 01785 712217.
The cost of the evening is £55 per person and will be payable in advance.
Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
- Enjoy Staffs Awards 2016 (11/17/2016)
We are delighted that our Orangery Restaurant here at The Moat House was once again named as the Restaurant of the Year at the 2016 NFU Mutual Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards held at Alton Towers Resort on Tuesday 15th November.
Not only that, we also received the coveted Taste of Staffordshire Tourism Award too for the second year running!
Awards in 20 categories were handed out at the awards ceremony which was attended by more than 150 people and was compèred by BBC radio and TV presenter Joanne Malin. Entertainment came from magician and illusionist Andrew van Buren.
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 dedication to best practice, quality of service and product.
Sarah Montgomery, chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Annual spend in Staffordshire by visitors has grown by almost 40% since 2008 and the sector employs a shade under 30000 people – 28% more people than it did eight years ago.
“It’s a tribute to the excellence celebrated here today and to the hard work, creativity and professionalism of those here today and in the wider sector.”
15 of the businesses awarded gold will now represent Staffordshire on a national level, automatically going forward to the 2017 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which will be held in Spring 2017.
For more information go to www.enjoystaffordshire.com/awards
- Moat House Wins 5* Food Hygiene Award (11/11/2016)
We are very proud to have received confirmation of our 5* Food Hygiene Rating in the post this week. This is the highest food safety standard and a testament to our hardworking kitchen team.
- Local Wine & Gin Now on the Menu! (7/15/2016)
As a company The Lewis Partnership has always been committed to the use of local produce wherever possible. Indeed the majority of our kitchen produce is sourced within a 30 mile radius, and a range of locally brewed ales is always available on our bars.
We are delighted to now able to offer a local sparkling wine and a gin.
The wine is from Halfpenny Green Vineyard in Bobbington. It’s a Bronze Medal English sparkling white wine made in the traditional or Champagne method, with elegant refined nutty flavours and a persistent length.
For our gin we headed over towards Uttoxeter and to Nelsons Gin School and Distillery and their Nelsons Gin No 7. Described as infusing fine and pleasingly original botanicals from across the globe, such as lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves from Thailand, vanilla from Madagascar and cinnamon from Sri Lanka, No 7 has a clean, fresh taste and aroma.