When Eldridge Pope shut its doors we thought that was the last we would see of a brewery in the area, but Brewhouse & Kitchen have totally transformed the old Station Masters Pub into a micro-brewery. The transformation has been watched by real ale lovers of the town and we were lucky enough to win a couple of tickets to their opening party…
As you walk through the doors you can see a line of wonderful coppers, brewing away, which gives it a truly unique feel to the pub. We were warmly welcomed and told that food samples would be circulated later, along with ales to match! Food with matching ale, what a great idea and their menu also recommends which ale should go with each meal. food paring chart
They brew four times a week and their regular beers are an IPA, Porter and an English Standard Ale. But they will be brewing a huge range of ‘specials’ each week. You also get to choose the type of glass you drink from, even a two pint mug!!!! I chose a handle mug with a pint of Crikmay Ale, which was wonderful mahogany colour and a great flavour. I also tried their house ale, the Sexton which was a lot paler and subtle flavours.
They were working with a reduced menu for the opening party, but what I saw coming out looked top end pub grub at a very reasonable price. Head chef is Philippe Romain, who was head chef at the other Brewhouse & Kitchen, Portsmouth.
You can buy ale to take home for parties & BBQ’s, you can also have a brewery experience where you learn how to brew your own beer!!!
The Brewhouse & Kitchen feels & looks like a proper pub with proper ale’s and food (they asked me for a list of local food suppliers which is a great sign of things to come!!), it is even worth visiting if its just to try out their toilets!!!!!!!!
The Brewhouse & Kitchen