Warwickshire pub opens new microbrewery

By Rebecca Weller contact

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Warwickshire pub opens microbrewery: Pictured (L-R): Mark Gregory (Silhill Brewery managing director), Andy Spencer (Punch Pubs chief operating officer), Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi, Anthony Thorpe (Warwickshire Lad licensee), Adam Stevenson (Silhill Brewery operations director)
Warwickshire pub opens microbrewery: Pictured (L-R): Mark Gregory (Silhill Brewery managing director), Andy Spencer (Punch Pubs chief operating officer), Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi, Anthony Thorpe (Warwickshire Lad licensee), Adam Stevenson (Silhill Brewery operations director)

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A Punch Pubs & Co site in Warwickshire has announced the launch of a craft ale microbrewery following its official opening by MP for Stratford upon Avon and Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi on Friday 10 June.

Licensees of the Warwickshire Lad, in Wood End, Kingsbury, Gaynor and Anton Thorpe, created the microbrewery in conjunction with boutique brewer Silhill.

Punch Pubs chief operating officer Andy Spencer said: "The Warwickshire Lad is a fantastic pub, and this recent investment reflects Anthony and Gaynor’s passion for running an epic pub.

Expanding brewing capacity 

“I would also like to thank Nadhim for taking time out of his busy schedule. It was great to have the time to share our experiences of the challenges and pressures local hospitality businesses such as the Warwickshire Lad are currently experiencing."

The couple, who have been licensees of the Warwickshire Lad for more than twelve years, completed significant investment into the microbrewery, alongside Silhill, including improved seating and a new patio dining area in the pub garden.

Adam Stevenson of Silhill Brewery said: “We’re very excited to be working with the Warwickshire Lad and expanding our brewing capacity, experience brewing with us and understand how beer is made.

“The brew lab part is an experimental kit that will help with the development of new or special beers.”

Great partnership 

Warwickshire Lad operator Anthony Thorpe said he always knew the pub had potential and couldn’t wait to start welcoming guests to the brewery and hosting tours, making all the hard work worthwhile.

Furthermore, Thorpe also thanked Zahawi for his visit, in which the MP was keen to hear about Anthony's recent experiences in the hospitality industry and hopes for the future. 

Zahawi said: “It [was] an absolute pleasure to visit the Warwickshire Lad to officially launch this great partnership between two local businesses and I’m sure it’s going to prove a hit with the community and visitors to the area.”

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