Ten UK chefs and restaurants that make their own beer

While beer has never knocked wine off the top position of drinks paired with food in the UK, we’ve rounded up 10 chefs and restaurants that have produced their own brews in an effort to promote the tipple in their establishments.

Margot’s lager made by Wimbledon Brewery.

Speaking to the drinks business, beer expert and co-founder of the Beer Academy, Rupert Ponsonby, said that “the restaurant industry in the UK has been slow to latch on to the excitement of beer, and too few have educated and enthused their staff”.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) highlighted the problem back in 2016 and urged the UK restaurant industry to broaden drinks lists. In a survey, the group found that one in three people would eat out more often if there were a greater number of craft beers on offer.

While there is undoubtedly a lot of work still to be done, Laura Edwards, general manager at Meantime Brewery, is positive about progress in the UK.

“Restaurants seem to be recognising that craft beer is reinvigorating interest in the category. They are increasingly expanding the choice they offer for their customers and diversifying their ranges,” she said.

Last year, Meantime collaborated with UK restaurant chain Wagamama to release two beers designed to be served alongside Asian food. Scroll through to view more UK chef/restaurant beer collaborations, and for an in-depth examination of the state of beer in restaurants, take a look at the on-trade beer feature in the March issue of the drinks business magazine.

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