Goodwill evening marks restaurant’s 1st birthday!

November 7, 2017

Archangel St Michael, known in religious history as a ‘spiritual warrior’, will be shining down on restaurant owners on Friday 24th November (5pm – 9pm) at annual Painswick Goodwill evening.

Goodwill offers late night shopping, Christmas cheer, street food, entertainment and all; in picturesque Painswick with its twinkling 99 yew trees, lighting the pathway for Father Christmas and his reindeers.

Jennie Barber, Painswick centre Manager and Goodwill evening organiser, said:

Goodwill evening is such a wonderous time of year for Painswick, full of Christmas spirit and wonderment. Shoppers will be able to get cracking with those gift lists while their children stroke reindeer, and complete a Christmas treasure hunt.  We are also hoping that the big man himself may even appear on the evening and reward the kids for their hard work with some early Christmas cheer.

Magda Black, owner of St Michaels Bistro, said:

It’s hard to believe that a year has flown by since we became a boutique luxurious B & B/Bistro. We will be marking the occasion by serving mugs of heavenly spiced homemade mulled wine and divine Days cottage hot apple juice and birthday Parkin cake.

Magda and Matt stood outside their newly renovated restaurant/B & B

St Michaels B&B has gained the trip advisor and award of excellence by their very own customers an accolade they could only dream of when opening one year ago on goodwill evening.

Magda’s flare for interior design coupled with chef Matts passion for locally sourced seasonal produce and good honest food make this dynamic duo unstoppable.







Matt Black, Chef, passing on his knowledge to ‘Chef Skills’ students.


Matt Black, Chef and proprietor, said: The newly installed kitchen has really helped me to be creative.  I have the space and equipment to flourish as a chef and am able now to pass on my passion. I can achieve this through my new ’Chef Skills’ courses which we are hoping to roll out all year round.  It also allows me to expand our business to offer outside catering for large numbers of say up to 500 people.


St Michaels Christmas ‘Toddy’ Hamper created for the Goodwill evening.

St Michaels Bistro have also developed their own Christmas Toddy hamper, which will include an array of artisan drink produce and will be available for Christmas shoppers to take home for their loved ones.  Customers will also be able to have a sneak peek at St. Michaels Christmas menu.

Matt Black, chef and co-owner, said:

This year I have created a special festive menu using only the highest quality ingredients. We have managed to locally source; -rabbit, fish, smoked goose, pheasant, all lovingly prepared with a festive twist, using Christmas favourites such as cranberries, chestnuts, port, cassis, artichokes. I have also unearthed an old family recipe passed down from my mother for Christmas pudding with brandy butters.


Co-owners Magda and Matt Black celebrate their first birthday in business.

Magda continues: We are really happy to be part of Painswick’s Goodwill and add even more magic to the event. I can’t wait to see our children’s eyes when they present the treasure hunt stamps, collected on the night around the twilight village, to Father Christmas himself.



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For Further information please contact
Matt or Magda Black  |  Call: +44 (0)1452 812 712  |  Email:
St Michaels Bistro: St Michaels Bistro Nestling in Painswick village, overlooking the spectacular yews of St.Marys Church, St Michael’s offers a picture postcard retreat in the heart of the Cotswolds. Discover idyllic surroundings, delicious food, stunning rooms and suites plus a traditional Cotswold village welcome – all under1/1/2 hrs by train from London.
For further press information please contact Dawn Dart (PR/Events Manager)  |  St Michaels Bistro  |  Call: 07957 161 839
Goodwill organiser / Painswick Centre Manager: Jennie Barber  |  The Painswick Centre  |  Call: 01452 814 567 / 07769 182 229