Actor Neil Morrissey and television chef Richard Fox have revealed plans to launch a new bitter and open a second pub in the next few months.
Morrissey, best known for his role in Men Behaving Badly and who currently stars in school drama Waterloo Road, told Morning Advertiser: "Our next pub will be in Pickering, near Yorkshire. Then, we'll look at opening some in the Lake District and the Midlands. The next beer launch will be Morrissey Fox's Best Bitter — it's currently 3.4% abv, but we want to up the alcohol a bit."
The duo recently opened their first pub venture Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn in Marton-cum-Grafton, North Yorkshire to coincide with the launch of their first beer Morrissey Fox Blonde Ale. The brew will be available to the on-trade through WaverleyTBS for the first six months.
The 4.2% abv Morrissey Fox Blonde Ale, made in a micro brewery behind the pub, uses Kent Golding hops. The development of the brewhouse and the pub refurbishment has been made into a documentary for Channel 4, called Neil Morrissey's Risky Business, which will air this autumn.
Morrissey added: "Our Best Bitter is 95% bang on and the colour is just right, but it'll need more fermentation and maybe a bit more sugar too. We want people to drink our beers and think 'Mmm, that's a Morrissey Fox'."