Barge-Inn Booze started as an idea about six years ago. The idea came to me as I was sitting on the 'Oatcake Boat'. Then all the planning came in to place. I had to contact Stoke on Trent City Council and a number of other agencies as well Canal and River Trust, who took some convincing. Then two years later I had all the licences required and permissions needed.
Once we were up and running we joined the RCTA and love travelling to their events. We mainly trade at Stoke City Football Club and Westport Lake, but when there is no football we travel to many beautiful places such as the Anderton boat lift, and meet up with the pizza boat ('Baked on Board') which goes down well (beer and pizza!).
My first RCTA event this year is the Easter Floating Market at Great Heywood where we will be joined by many great traders including 'Baked on Board' and the wonderful Sue Meades on the 'Cheese Boat'. Many more events are planned: you can join my Facebook group Barge-Inn Booze for updates on where I shall be.
I like to promote local beers, gins, and crisps. The local beer is Titanic Ales which is made in Burslem. I sell four of their most popular real ales. Then there is the very popular Stokie Oatcake Gin which is made by Moorland Pottery. It doesn't have Oatcakes in it, it is filtered through oats in for a period of time and six botanicals are also added, to represent the Six Towns of the Potteries.
Our crisps are from Rugeley in Staffordshire, made by Just Crisps, they are manufactured on their farm and all the ingredients, including the rapeseed oil, are grown on the farm. They taste amazing!
Barge-Inn Booze has been in many different newspapers and TV shows: The Sentinel (newspaper in Stoke); BBC Radio Stoke; The Sun newspaper as one of the top ten pubs in England; Channel 5’s 'Celebrity Five Go Barging'; and Towpath Talk. We are also on Trip Advisor as the number one pub in Stoke on Trent, with currently 74 five star reviews.
I have won various awards over the years including New Business of the Year, Manager of the Year, and have gained the Trip Advisor Mark of Excellence.
I have many wonderful followers on social media, most of whom have become good friends. I even have Celebrity followers - Shaun Williams being one.
One of the main reasons I love doing Barge-Inn Booze is to attract people down to the canal, #makinglifebetterbythecanal. I really appreciate all that C.&.R.T. Management, Staff and Volunteers do, not just for Barge-Inn Booze, but for the whole network, for the visitors and boaters.
I am looking forward to seeing lots more friendly people and traders this year.
We shall be at many wonderful places including: Anderton boat lift in Northwich, Coventry Basin in Coventry, Market Drayton, Westport Lake and Harecastle Tunnel in October for their fabulous Scarecastle with Canal and River Trust. Don't forget, you can join my Facebook group Barge-Inn Booze for more updates as to where I shall be.
Wayne Sadler, trading as Barge-Inn Booze, has been a member of the RCTA since he first got all the licences and permissions he needed to set up a narrowboat pub. He is based in Stoke on Trent, but travels widely to RCTA events.
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