Newport retirement community maintains ties with local farming family

Diary posted

9th September 2020

We are ‘keeping it in the family’ at Debden Grange – naming our new restaurant in memory of local farmer Antonino ‘Tony’ Barba (pictured).

Debden Grange sits on land previously owned by much-loved Tony and his family, who lived and worked at the site for more than 30 years.

Tony ran a successful cucumber farming business (pictured above), which over the years employed numerous Newport residents.

Sadly, Tony passed away in 2014 – but his legacy continues.

Bistro Barba has just opened its doors, meeting all COVID-19 safety requirements, we have welcomed guests to enjoy freshly prepared meals in our beautiful surroundings.

And the family links don’t stop there – Tony’s grandson Luca joined the team as a kitchen assistant, helping chef Paola Vitale deliver a first-class dining experience to guests.

Alongside this, the restaurant’s bar area has been named The Greenhouse, as an additional nod to what previously stood on the land.

Tony’s wife Vina continues to live in the original family home on Fallow Drive, the entrance to Debden Grange. The Barba children and grandchildren have now become part of the Debden Grange ‘family.’

Village manager Fritha Jaine said: “The Barba family are a well-known, much-loved family in Newport and part of the history of this site.

“We wanted to ensure that Tony’s legacy would live on and thought this was a great way of recognising the hard work and dedication he gave over the years.”

(Pictured: Tony’s grandson Luca (centre) with his Grandmother Vina and mum Franca)