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  • Celebrate your Staffordshire Wedding in the newly refurbished Acton Suite and Library at The Moat House, Acton Trussell (2/12/2019)

    As one of Staffordshire’s most popular wedding venues The Moat House undergoes a programme of continuous improvement. The most recent transformation took place in our largest and most requested function room – The Acton Suite and the adjoining Library.  Both rooms were decommissioned for the majority of January as a team of skilled workmen set about transforming these spaces in readiness for our busy 2019 wedding season.

    A stunning parquet floor has replaced the brown carpet in the Acton Suite and its bar area, which serves to really open up the spaces whilst perfectly reflecting sunlight from the private patio area into the room.  Now bathed in a warm glow the wood panelled walls painted in ‘Vintage Boots’ offer a welcoming space for celebrating that special day.  The neutral colour scheme allows each couple to let their imaginations flow and introduce their own colour schemes and personal touches, as they work with our team of experienced wedding co-ordinators to create the wedding day they have always dreamed of.

    The Library is offered for exclusive use for every wedding booked at our Staffordshire wedding venue and is often used as a quiet break out room for wedding guests to take some time out, relax and prepare for the evening reception.  Alternatively it’s a great room to house a photo booth, magic mirror or casino table, providing some extra entertainment.  The new look Library has a classic country feel.  The wood panelled wall has remained and has been paired with a deep teal accent either side. But, the star of the show has to be the exquisite feature wall, where you almost want to look for the hidden passageway sandwiched between the bestsellers.

    Complementing the grandeur of the indoor spaces, the stunning grounds of the Moat House offer superb photographic opportunities for timeless memories that will last a lifetime.

    Experiencing the tranquillity of The Moat House, surrounded by acres of farmland in a beautiful Staffordshire village, its hard to believe our location is just 1 mile from Junction 13 of the M6 motorway.

    You have the perfect opportunity to view the refurbishment results – we are holding a Wedding Showcase on Wednesday 20th February from 6-9pm when our team will be on hand to give visitors a guided tour and, along with a selection of recommended suppliers,  can discuss how they can help to make your wedding fairytale come true.

    For further information on the perfect venue for your Staffordshire wedding, visit our dedicated weddings website – https://www.moathouseweddings.co.uk/

    Image courtesy of Karienne & Elizabeth photography

  • Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2018 (1/22/2019)

    The Moat House has been rewarded this week in the Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2018.

    The 41 bedroom, four star, privately owned hotel located in the picturesque Staffordshire village of Acton Trussell is just 3 miles from the county town of Stafford and achieved one of the highest scores on the site, an impressive 8.8.

    Thank you to all our guests who have taken the time to review The Moat House, we are delighted that you have experienced great visits and that our team have impressed with their dedication, passion and hard work.

    The Guest Review Awards programme is Booking.com’s yearly appreciation programme that recognises partners for their exceptional hospitality, as evidenced in the review scores left by guests after their stay.

    Booking.com was founded in 2000 when Netherlands based bookings.nl merged with Booking Online.  It’s headquarters are based in Amsterdam.

     

     

  • It’s tree planting time at The Moat House! (1/17/2019)

    The Moat House at Acton Trussell already has a wonderful array of trees within its five acre site next to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. The popular wedding venue, hotel and restaurant makes a perfect wildlife habitat as well as the ideal place for people to enjoy a drink in the moated setting. However this setting needs careful management, which is undertaken by the use of professional tree surgeons and Alan, the resident gardener.

    The Tree Council state that there are up to one million trees planted each year in the UK and their aims are to encourage the planting of more trees to increase the diversity of our tree stock.  Unfortunately, at The Moat House, our early 1980’s tree planting schemes were single species and they have suffered from pests and diseases resulting in the loss of a number of wonderful specimen trees.

    So now we are diversifying the range of our tree stock to enhance the chance of tree survival.  This will hopefully see them becoming more resilient to pests and diseases and further enhance the setting of The Moat House which already has a fantastic diversify of wildlife, both in the woodland on the site, and living in and around the hotels moated setting.

    Enlisting the help of our resident gardener Alan, we planted a selection of native and ornamental trees on the south bank of the moat overlooking the hotel, and we selected a range of species to increase biodiversity.

    This included Hazel (cover for the smaller mammals), some 4 year old native standards – Rowan also known as Mountain Ash, Golden Weeping Willow, Silver Birch and Nordmann Fir.

    Ongoing management of the existing tree stock includes replacing the casualties, and this included planting another couple of beech trees unfortunately lost in the dry summer last year.

    During February , we will continue planting the woodland bank  between the hotel car park and the events field opposite St James Church.

    Tree planting isn’t the only green initiative at The Moat House, Acton Trussell the introduction of solar panels in 2017 has resulted in a substantial reduction in the Stafford based hotels CO2 emissions and is equivalent to planting over 25 trees per annum

  • Tesla Vehicle Charging at The Moat House (1/4/2019)

    The Moat House, Acton Trussell is proud to be a Tesla charging partner with the installation of two new Tesla charging points on the car park.   The Tesla charging points are available for our customers to use, free of charge, to keep their Tesla batteries topped up.

    The Moat House is ideally located in the heart of Staffordshire just 1 mile from Junction 13 of the M6 in Stafford.  That makes us just 20 miles north of Birmingham, 20 miles south of Stoke-on-Trent and 60 miles south of Manchester.

    The perfect location to stop for a recharge for both you and your car!

    The charging points are not only available for use for those lucky enough to be staying overnight in one of our 41 luxury bedrooms.  Giving up to 58 driving miles per hour of charge you can have a quick top-up charge whilst you enjoy lunch or dinner in our award winning two AA rosette restaurant or a lighter snack or coffee in our relaxing lounge bar

    Tesla has incorporated technology into the vehicles that alerts drivers of remaining charge and where the nearest charging station is available, and The Moat House now appears on their map of Destination Charging points.   Technologies incorporated into the vehicles also notify their owners, via their smartphones, when their charging process is complete. This added technology allows users to leave their vehicle while charging

    The two Tesla points can be found at the top of the far car park.

    In addition we have two EV car charging points available by the canal at the opposite end of the car park

    We are proud to be supporting electric vehicle owners and the charging points are the latest in a series of sustainable practices introduced into The Lewis Partnership including solar panels, motion detection lighting and food waste composting,.

     

     

  • Two awards in two days for The Moat House restaurant! (10/24/2018)

    This week was off to a great start when representatives from the Moat House kitchen and restaurant teams attended the Taste of Staffordshire Good Food awards at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Monday evening.  After an enjoyable dinner we were delighted to discover that we were named as finalists in the highly contested Independent Restaurant category.

    Then on Tuesday we received the news that we have been voted as runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018 Best Restaurant category.  Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us!

     

  • LP Sponsored Canoeist – Sam Maingay (10/2/2018)

    Local Canoeist Sam Maingay has once again claimed the British Open C1M Junior Champion title in his Lewis Partnership branded canoe.

    Here he is after being presented with his trophy by the Chair of British Canoes – Professor John Coyne CBE

     

     

     

     

     

    Well done again Sam and good luck for the rest of the season!

  • Don’t miss this! Autumn Tasting Dinner – 3rd November 2018 (10/2/2018)

    Join us in the award winning Moat House Restaurant on Saturday 3rd November for a 5-course Autumn Tasting Dinner.

    The menu will showcase our newest seasonal dishes and will be accompanied by a selection of paired wines.

    Arrival is 7.00pm for a 7.30pm sit down. £65.00 per person.

    Pre-booking is essential – BOOK HERE

  • Halloween Charity Ball in aid of Breast Cancer Now (10/2/2018)

    Join us for our Charity Halloween Ball on Wednesday 31st October 7pm

    Tickets include arrival drinks, a three course dinner & live music from The Cartoon Kings

    £5 from each ticket sale will be donated to Breast Cancer Now

    Dress code – Gory Gowns or Scary Suits

    Seating will be on communal tables of 10

    Bar open until midnight | Carriages at 12.30am

    Bed & Breakfast accommodation available at a special rate of £70 per room (based on two people sharing a double/twin room). Call to book your accommodation on 01785 712217

    BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

     

  • The Moat House presents a Slingsby Gin Dinner! (10/2/2018)

    We are excited to welcome Alex Hanson, Head Mixologist from Slingsby Gin, to our Slingsby Gin Dinner on Friday 26th October – 7pm

    Come and join us and we will welcome you with a Slingsby Rhubarb Fizz cocktail on arrival, followed by a delicious 3 course meal paired with Slingsby gins & Fever Tree tonics.

    Alex will be giving  a talk on all things Gin and you will receive a branded Slingsby Gin balloon to take home!

    BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

  • LP Rewards – Make sure you’re not missing out! (6/19/2018)

    LP Rewards is The Lewis Partnership’s loyalty reward scheme which was fully launched in January 2018.

    The scheme works by giving 10 points for every £1 spend on food and drink at any Lewis Partnership property – you also get a £5 voucher to spend just for downloading the app!

    Additionally we regularly load your Rewards wallet with special offers or gifts.  For example, along with the £5 joining gift, everyone also currently receives a voucher entitling them to pints of ale for £2.50 at our sister property The Bank House, Hixon every Sunday evening.  And, just this week we sent out an offer for 20% off restaurant dining at the Moat House and Red Lion, Bradley on Monday evening as an escape from the World Cup!

    Make sure you’re not missing out by downloading LP Rewards today from the links below!