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PUBLISHED: 11:43 03 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:43 03 March 2015

Alec Goodhall, That Little Place, Harpenden

Alec Goodhall, That Little Place, Harpenden

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Laura Vickers recommends That Little Place’s Ale 5

Since it opened five years ago, Harpenden restaurant That Little Place has been popular for its locally-sourced, lovingly-prepared seasonal food, and has already won several awards. If you haven’t visited yet, you might be tempted once you hear that the restaurant also brews its own beers, thanks to co-owner and former Verulam brewer Alec Goodhand.

Goodhand (pictured) runs the kitchen (the restaurant’s other owner, John Gunner, manages front of house) but twice a year his former brewery boss Kevin Yelland allows him to brew at the Verulam Brewery, situated at The Farmer’s Boy pub in St Albans.

Every autumn Alec creates Ale 5, a fresh-hopped beer made using hops he grows in his own garden and picks from local hedgerows. Then every spring he creates Harpenden Gold, a crisp, fruity, light ale with a biscuity finish.

The beers are sold at That Little Place in 500ml bottles, and both are a total hit with diners – they are always the restaurant’s best-selling drinks by quite some margin. As such, there isn’t much need to try to sell the beers at other shops or pubs, although Goodhand and Gunner do send a barrel to the St Albans Beer Festival every year.

The beers are £4.75 per bottle in the restaurant. But you don’t have to dine there to try them – they are also available in a gift box to take away.

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