The Barlaston bottle reminds me of rural America with its gambrel-roofed barn taking centre stage amongst the relatively large print on the face of the bottle. The back of the bottle promises that the Barlaston Milk Barn vending machine offers farm-fresh, non-homogenised milk from a herd of happy Holstein Friesian cows. What more could you want than a fresh bottle of milk from a happy cow?
The farm sits to the south of the city of Stoke On Trent, and only a stone’s through away from the village of Stone. A short walk up the road, one will take you to Barlaston Hall, a mid-18th century Palladian country house once owned by the Wedgewood pottery company. Barlaston Hall had fallen into a state of disrepair by the 1980s and came perilously close to being demolished. Happily, the Save Britain’s Heritage Trust purchased Barlaston Hall, and it has since been restored and is now a Grade 1 listed building and private residence.