Aston Marina, Stone: birthday celebrations

Aston Marina bar and restaurant

A venue we’ve visited on several occasions over the years, Aston Marina in Stone, Staffordshire, has been through many changes.

Providing moorings for canal boats, the marina previously also featured a bistro and farm shop. A new venue, The Boathouse, was created to host events, which has proved to be very popular with weddings. More recently, a big refurbishment of the main building saw the farm shop and bistro be replaced with a bar and restaurant.

For my birthday, we chose to visit the new No.26 Restaurant at Aston Marina. We decided to make a second visit for my Mum’s birthday last week, to give some of the other new dishes a try.

Unfortunately, the meal didn’t get off to the best start. My Mum and Dad both really disliked their haddock and crab Thai fishcake starters. This was such a shame because Dan and I really enjoyed our first courses.

My duo of melon and parma ham was even nicer than I expected. Presented beautifully, it was really brought to life by sweet and crunchy candied pumpkin seeds. Blueberry balsamic was the perfect finishing touch. I would definitely choose this again!

Trio of melon and parma ham Aston Marina

Dan chose the crisp panko crumbed soft poached egg. With black pudding, confit cherry tomato and hollandaise sauce, he said he was thinking about this dish the next day and how delicious it was.

Panko crumbed poached egg Aston Marina

Everyone was really happy with their main course choices. Mum and Dan chose the duo of local venison. I can’t remember what my Dad had though – oops!

One thing that always annoys me is eating a dish that ends up being spicy, when there’s no mention of any spice on the menu, as I hate spicy food. I was a little concerned when the salmon special turned out to be a little spicy, but thankfully it was very mild. Served with bok choi, beansprouts, noodles and a hoi sin sauce, it was really tasty and very enjoyable.

Salmon with noodles Aston Marina

After 2 courses, none of us could manage dessert. I’d spotted my favourite, creme brulee, on the menu too, which I was sad not to be able to try.

Tasteful decor and overall very enjoyable food means we’ll probably return again in the future.


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  • Reply
    27th October 2017 at 14:25

    How lovely to have visited for your birthday and then returned for your mum’s – you could make it a tradition! The crumbed soft poached egg looks really tasty and the creme brulle sounds like a fabulous reason to return for a 3rd time! haha 🙂

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      3rd November 2017 at 08:35

      It’s a really good excuse to go back isn’t it! x

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    27th October 2017 at 15:27

    Sounds like an awesome birthday! I hope you had a good one. The food looks awesome.

    • Reply
      3rd November 2017 at 08:39

      Thank you! The food was lovely x

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    Yara Mel
    29th October 2017 at 15:21

    Aww Happi birthday! I hope the food was as lovely as it looks, and that you had a great time !

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      3rd November 2017 at 08:41

      Thank you! We had a wonderful time 🙂 x

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    29th October 2017 at 23:03

    Some of this food looks delicious!

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    30th October 2017 at 08:18

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday! It seems like this place was a highlight, the decor is gorgeous and your photos show off the lovely food so well! Such a shame that your Mum and Dad weren’t massive fans of their starters, but the poached egg that Dan had sounds and looks absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing your meal with us!

    Abbey ?

    • Reply
      3rd November 2017 at 08:48

      Yes I did Abbey – thank you! Dan enjoyed that poached egg so much x

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    1st November 2017 at 23:32

    This place looks lovely – glad you enjoyed your birthday here!

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      23rd November 2017 at 13:43

      Thanks so much Kemi 🙂 x

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