Prior to 1994, a visitor to the ninety-acre Barton Marina site would have found corn growing or cattle grazing. During the next three years, 1.3 million tonnes of sand and gravel was excavated to create the marina and two fishing lakes. Woodland was planted and pathways constructed and one of Staffordshire’s best-loved leisure facilities had been born!
The Waterfront Pub & Restaurant, Barton Marina’s most spacious eatery, opened in 2007. With the inspired use of reclaimed timber and brick, stone flags and period lighting, this privately-owned free house replicates the style of a Victorian canal-side warehouse.
And if it’s fresh air you’re looking for then this is The Place To Be! Seating for over 200 persons is available outside on a first come first served basis – and apart from the covered garden terrace, the alfresco experience will be just that – but there’s plenty of room inside the pub to take shelter on a typical English summer’s day.
Five thatched Breeze Huts in the garden, seating between six and eight people, can be booked for a stunning dining experience.
Opening with breakfast at 9.30am daily, there isn’t much that this popular watering-hole doesn’t offer. At noon the extensive menu comprising traditional pub food and stone-baked pizzas kicks in – all this with a choice of roasts on a Sunday and chefs Daily Specials in the restaurant. The Waterfront boasts one of the area’s most comprehensive drinks lists of ales, lagers, spirits and quality wines – not to forget our popular cocktails!
The Waterfront’s latest initiative is “naughty but nice”. Freshly baked cakes and scones with jam and clotted cream are on display to tempt the unwary. So be warned!