250 years old and still going strong!

Okay, it’s not a real guest but a receipt that’s been discovered for a stay at the Vine Hotel in Stafford from 250 years ago.

The receipt was up for grabs at Hansons auction house. Auctioneer Charles Hanson, also seen on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt, spotted it in a walnut chest of drawers before it went to auction. Clare, our General Manager at the Vine Hotel, went along to try her luck and now it’s come home to the oldest pub in Stafford!

The find grabbed the national media’s attention, so we were worried whether the price would boom. But the rare 18th century hand-written receipt for a stay on January 23 1767 is ours and back where it started its journey.

The receipt shows our guests enjoyed two suppers for a shilling, along with two breakfasts for eight old pence. Ale was consumed at four shillings and tuppence, horses’ hay at two shillings and eight old pence, corn at two shillings and eight old pence, and servants at a shilling. We were able to offer our guests the stay for a grand total of twelve shillings and tuppence!

We love this story and it seems the media does too – it’s certainly put The Vine in the spotlight!

Have you got a great talking point connected to your pub? Let us know at communications@marstons.co.uk.


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