As pubs around Leicestershire prepare to reopen on July 4, a new tap room in the county is preparing to open for the very first time.
The Milking Parlour is being launched by the independently-owned Tollgate Brewery at its Calke Abbey base, close to Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
With support from the National Trust’s team at Calke Abbey, the Tollgate Brewery team has converted the former milking parlour into a tap room, where drinkers will be able to enjoy a freshly-brewed pint.
According to Tollgate Brewery operations director Jamie Traynor, the idea to open a tap room at the brewery came about 12 months ago, and plans were well advanced when Covid-19 meant everything had to be put on hold.
Jamie told LeicestershireLive: “We quickly realised, though, that the outside space at the brewery tap would be a real benefit once pubs were allowed to reopen. Being outside is a safer option and so we rapidly looked at what parts of our original plans we could quickly bring to life.”
Overlooking the brewery itself, The Milking Parlour has more than 275 square metres of outside space, which will initially be the only part that is used.
There is on-site parking available, but the brewery team is keen to encourage its customers to travel to the tap room in a “green” way, by cycle or foot.
Tollgate Brewery produces a wide variety of traditional real ales from its six barrel brewery, based in one of the National Trust’s farm buildings which dates back to the 19th century.
Year-round cask beers include Ashby Pale (4.5%), Billy’s Best Bitter (4.6%) and Duffield Amber (4.4%).
Tollgate Brewery also owns The Tap at No.76 in Ashby and The Queens Road Tap in Leicester, as well as The Town Street Tap in Duffield, Derbyshire.
These three pubs will currently remain open for takeaway beers only, with plans to reopen “slowly”, according to Jamie.
You’ll be able to visit The Milking Parlour from 12pm on Saturday, July 4.