Drinkers able to dine in new micro-brewery

Landlord Tom Gee in the new micro-brewery at the Red Lion, in Cricklade

Landlord Tom Gee in the new micro-brewery at the Red Lion, in Cricklade

First published in News

AN INNOVATIVE pub owner has brewed up an idea he hopes will impress customers.

Tom Gee, the owner of Cricklade’s Red Lion, has spent £50,000 building an on-site micro brewery, which will be unveiled to the public next week.

He intends to make his own beer at the town’s only brewery and he also plans to serve customers inside it.

It may be a micro brewery but it is far from pint-sized, with room for a private dining table inside and a beer hatch to serve customers from on weekends.

“I don’t know anywhere else that has this, so it really is unique,” he said.

“Our plan is for the Brewers Table to be an exclusive dining space with a special beer-themed menu.”

For Tom, brewing his own beer onsite is all part of his business model to source as much produce as locally as is possible.

He even goes as far as keeping his own pigs and sending out foragers to collect wild ingredients.

“Unfortunately ‘locally sourced’ is an overused buzzword now for people,” he said. “But we really do champion it.”

The new brewery and unique dining space will be unveiled at the Red Lion’s annual beer festival over the jubilee weekend.

Along with a hog roast, homemade ice creams and jubilee cup cakes, the family fun event will feature 30 different beers from around the country to wash it all down with.

However, customers will have to wait until Cricklade’s annual festival on June 17 to try the Red Lion beer.

Tom said: “We will have a lot of experimenting to start with, but we’re planning on having a standard pale ale and best bitter, a seasonal rotating beer on the bar’s third pump and other experimental ales.”

Tom said the Red Lion will soon be starting up its own beer club, where members can brew their very own pint.

The Red Lion’s beer festival runs from noon to 9pm on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 and from 12pm to 4pm on Monday, June 3.

For more details call 01793 750766.

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11:22am Sat 26 May 12

greenpacer says...

Good on Tom. He says he does'nt know anywhere else that has this. I know of one . The former Archer's brewery site at Churchward in Swindon is now a micro brewery and pub/restaurant. I must pay a visit soon.
Good on Tom. He says he does'nt know anywhere else that has this. I know of one . The former Archer's brewery site at Churchward in Swindon is now a micro brewery and pub/restaurant. I must pay a visit soon. greenpacer
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1:03pm Sat 26 May 12

I 2 Could B says...

This type of model is a runaway success in the top beer producing areas in the US. There is something magical about drinking a beer made at the actual restaurant you're eating your meal in (assuming it's decent beer of course).

The Red Lion is a great pub and serves excellent food. I have every confidence their own beer will continue the high standards. Can't wait to try it.
This type of model is a runaway success in the top beer producing areas in the US. There is something magical about drinking a beer made at the actual restaurant you're eating your meal in (assuming it's decent beer of course). [p] The Red Lion is a great pub and serves excellent food. I have every confidence their own beer will continue the high standards. Can't wait to try it. I 2 Could B
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11:19pm Sun 27 May 12

Still About says...

I'm not sure why you think there is a connection with Itsamess?

It's a little strange.
Some posts have definitely been removed, but I don't think any of them were offensive?

There does seem to be one set of rules for Robfm and a different set for everyone else and he has claimed to be "in with the editor"

Perhaps we'll be informed in due course?
I'm not sure why you think there is a connection with Itsamess? It's a little strange. Some posts have definitely been removed, but I don't think any of them were offensive? There does seem to be one set of rules for Robfm and a different set for everyone else and he has claimed to be "in with the editor" Perhaps we'll be informed in due course? Still About
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7:42am Mon 28 May 12

Localboy86 says...

Can't believe u guys are talking about rob when he has even posted. Do u guys think of rob all the time, even when your "with" your wives?
Can't believe u guys are talking about rob when he has even posted. Do u guys think of rob all the time, even when your "with" your wives? Localboy86
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7:51am Mon 28 May 12

itsamess2 says...

P.P
You choose to make personal attacks totally unrelated to the article for no given reason on an article i have made no comments on-specifically to create some form of argument.
Being a non drinker i have no interest in pubs-other than if they have something going on that interests me like good food or entertainment or a nice riverside pub. Look elsewhere if i were you.
P.P You choose to make personal attacks totally unrelated to the article for no given reason on an article i have made no comments on-specifically to create some form of argument. Being a non drinker i have no interest in pubs-other than if they have something going on that interests me like good food or entertainment or a nice riverside pub. Look elsewhere if i were you. itsamess2
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12:58pm Mon 28 May 12

Still About says...

Apologies to Itsamess.
My post makes no sense because other posts have mysteriously been removed
Apologies to Itsamess. My post makes no sense because other posts have mysteriously been removed Still About
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