Stoke-on-Trent’s board game cafe and bar opens today – and you’re going to love it!

An avowed ‘nerd’ in love with board games has launched his own site in Stoke-on-Trent to help people enjoy the pastime.

Dungeons and Dragons fan Dani Barnett has opened the Long Rest cafe and bar in Hanley with a library of over 200 board games to suit all tastes, from families to dedicated gamers.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Burslem with her partner and co-director of Long Rest Adam Cantrell and her nine-year-old son Max, left her role as performance and change manager at Michelin in November of last year to focus on setting it up. dream business.

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Long Rest, which is based in the former home of La Bella Napoli in Cheapside, opens its doors today (Saturday February 19) and offers free play to all gaming fans during its launch weekend, as well only to children under 10 playing for free during half-time. – term week.

Dani said: “Like many people, I reassessed my work-life balance during the Covid pandemic and realized I wanted to do something more creative and something that would benefit the community – something a little more fun and for myself.

“I’ve dreamed of doing this for years and I’m so excited to open up.

“We want it to be an inclusive place where everyone is welcome and we can’t wait to get started.”




Games available include Pop Up Pirate and Hungry Hungry Hippos for toddlers, classic family games like Monopoly and Cluedo, and board games like Color Brain. There are also strategy games like Ticket to Ride and Wingspan and adult favorites like zombie apocalypse survival game Dead of Winter.

Players can book one of the bespoke tables – made by Six Towns Design with a shelf underneath to put the box – for £2.50 pp for two hours or £5 pp for five hours.

There’s also a purpose-built role-playing room with a dungeon-style design, mood lighting, and everything players need for their campaigns – which can be booked by groups of four to seven people during five hours for £5 per person.

Hungry players can also enjoy a range of light bites and snacks including oatmeal cakes, bagels and waffles, or choose from a selection of sweet and savory snacks from the pick and mix menu. They can all be washed down with hot and cold drinks or a board game-themed cocktail.




Long Rest, named after an extended downtime in Dungeons & Dragons allowing characters to regain their health, has five part-time staff members who are all game enthusiasts.

Adam, 36, said: “Being big nerds ourselves, we’ve traveled the country to board game cafes and we know the interest is there.

“The games are all fairly simple but the staff will be able to explain them if anyone needs help.”




Upcoming events include a weekly board game club on Monday evenings, Pokemon Day on February 27, an exhibition of artwork by Staffordshire University fine art students from March 14 to March 20, and a Harry Day Potter on March 26 in connection with the Wizarding World Wand installation at Hanley.

Long Rest will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information or to reserve a table, go to Long rest website.

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