Having just spent a couple of days out in the Shropshire countryside, and beautiful it was too, we are now back at Market Drayton, a nice enough town but enough is enough. At least there is now a usable signal so a bit of back log.
Last Tuesday we got to tag along on a tour of the new Joules brewery in M.D. Anyone familiar with good ale and the canals will know that Joules was, for years numerous, a major brewer of fine ales, based in Stone. In fact the old brewery is still visible alongside the Trent & Mersey in that splendid town. About thirty years back they sold out to one of the super breweries and the fine old name disappeared, seemingly into oblivion.
However, a small pub chain purchased the Red Lion in M.D.
and, by scientific investigation, discovered that the old well in the pub connected to the same aquifer as that which supplied the Joules brewery. It was a small step from there to deciding to set up a brewery to reproduce the long missed ales.
Kentish hops and liquour (water) from their own borehole it is as the advert. says.
But for those only interested in the finished product they have a splendid bar and the Mouse Room. The panelling was originally commissioned for the boardroom of the old Grattons catalogue company in 1931. It cost £342 and was carved by Robert Thompson,a.k.a. The Mouseman.
We also had one of the best ploughmans ever and several pints. Well worth the six quid it cost.
Next time you're in M.D. do visit the Red Lion, a hidden gem.
If anyone is interested the carvings today would cost over a quarter of a million quid!