A glass of Herts: Brand new 'brewery pub' in Letchworth
PUBLISHED: 10:02 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:02 27 September 2016
Laura Vickers looks at a new 'brewery pub' in the heart of Letchworth
Hertfordshire has a brand new brewery. Husband and wife team Nick and Holly-Anne Rolfe decided to tap into the UK’s passion for micro-brewing in a place not well-known for its pubs and bars – Letchworth. Garden City Brewery was launched on The Wynd – a charming pedestrianised street in the heart of the town – in June. It’s not just a place where the couple can indulge their passion for brewing ales, Nick and Holly have also converted the premises into a relaxed, friendly ‘brew-pub’ with beer garden.
‘We’re an incredibly small team and did everything ourselves,’ Holly explains. ‘All our furniture is secondhand from local junk shops, charity shops and antique markets. We wanted the unique history of Letchworth itself to be a big feature in the interior so we raided the archives and have some wonderful imagery on the walls from fabulous 50s adverts to brilliant 70s photographs, full of local characters.’
As well as their own ales – including the thirst-quenching Banjax porter and Molly’s Mild (both £3.20 a pint) – the brewery also sells guest ales from local brewers (£3.50), ciders and apple juice from Baldock, and even Royston-based Pinkster gin.
Visitors can use take-away beer hoppers to head home with a pint or two, and there are already plans afoot for autumnal and festive events as the nights draw in, while kegs of house ales will soon be available to buy as gifts.
‘We’ve had a truly overwhelming response from customers so far and huge support from people locally and from further afield,’ Holly says. ‘We already have so many brilliant regulars and everyone comments on the diverse customer-mix we attract so we’re delighted that we seem to be fulfilling our dream not only of brewing delicious local beer but also creating something for the community and the people of the town. Long may it continue.’