The owners of the popular Granvilles concert hall looked back over the past four decades by announcing that they had made the difficult decision to sell.
Adam and Mandy Jones have many happy memories in Granvilles in Stone, but decided it was time to retire.
The couple first bought the smaller building – then called “the little house cafe” – in 1984 and opened an upstairs restaurant called Granvilles, named after its location on Granville Square.
It wasn’t until a few years later that they managed to buy the tallest building next door, pass them both and turn them into the biggest live entertainment venue we all know today. ‘hui.
Adam said: âAfter a slow start we started to build a good reputation and create some very exciting menus.
âOver the years we have built a good reputation for top quality live music both local and from beyond, as well as a late night license on weekends.
âWe hosted one of the county’s most popular weekly open mic parties hosted by Paul Walker which has spanned over 15 years and most recently hosted a monthly comedy and a Curry night.
“We’ve seen a lot of change over the years and have seen Stone move from just two or three restaurants in the mid-1980s to the popular destination town that it has become today for eating and drinking.”
Over the years, Granvilles has seen big names perform and visit, from Cliff Richard and Lulu to Mary Berry and the Hairy Bikers.
Speaking about some of their most memorable clients, Adam said: âCliff Richard and blues singer Paul Jones had booked a table after a concert in Trentham! Cliff was a delight and insisted on meeting all the staff including the kitchen people.
âGeorge Melly said we were one of his favorite places to play because he could walk around the audience with his microphone.
“Acker Bilk insisted on playing his most famous hit ‘Stranger on the Shore’ to celebrate the birth of our fourth child Rosie, born the day he played in Granvilles on November 9, 1992.
âThe Hairy Bikers were having dinner with their families and were very happy to have their picture taken with our chefs who were delighted.
âAll the famous people looked very authentic and liked the vibe of Granvilles. They have always loved performing in front of a grateful audience.
The couple believe the time has come to sell Granvilles and spend more time with their family.
Mandy explained, âWe were in our mid-twenties when we started our adventure and we are now in our sixties.
“For this reason, with the arrival of two wonderful granddaughters over the past few months, we feel that now is the time to step back and let someone else buy these beautiful buildings and create their own new one. chapter.”
Adam added: “We encourage everyone to really try and support their local High Streets right now, wherever they live!”
Some souvenirs and objects from the place are now on sale.
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