East Midlands

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Batemans Brewery

Batemans Visitors Centre turned 18 in May 2011, and did so in style. Opened by members of the Dambusters – Squadron 617 was stationed nearby during the Second World War – it really does have something for everyone. From the cosiest brewery bar you're likely to find anywhere through to giant-sized pub games outside for the young as well as the young-at-heart, the emphasis is very much on entertainment.

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  • Bar
  • Shop
  • Clubs
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives

Belvoir Brewery

Originally set up in 1995 by Colin Brown who had learnt his trade with Shipstone and Theakston, Belvoir (pronounced Beaver) Brewery moved to this purpose-built site in 2007 a few miles from Melton Mowbray.

Licensed as a pub, The Sample Cellar serves locally-inspired food throughout the day. With a shop in one corner, there is a variety of brewing memorabilia gathered by Colin from other now-defunct breweries around the room – such gems as the mash tun and copper vessel from Boddingtons.

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  • Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives

Chevelswarde Organic Growers

Chevelswarde is a derivation from the Anglo Saxon for the Homestead of Cyfel's people, after Cyfel, who led his tribe to a place to settle in a forest where world, elk and wild boar roamed. Later this became South Kilworth, as recorded in the Domesday book.

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  • Harvest Days
  • Eco Initiatives

Thornbridge Brewery

For a brewery only founded in 2005, the success rate so far is hard to believe. Averaging two awards a month so far, I hope they have a sturdy sideboard for all their medals and cups.

Set up initially at Thornbridge Hall by Jim Harrison and Simon Webster, the brewery now has a larger main site, Riverside. The Hall brewery focuses on traditional techniques while the Riverside site shows the brewery's desire for innovation, and this is the venue for your visit.

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Welbeck Abbey Brewery

Welbeck Abbey is a majestic estate in Nottinghamshire – think Robin Hood country – with historic roots stretching back to the Domesday Book. Following several hundred years as a monastery, the grand house became home to a succession of earls and lords, until it was leased to the MoD as an army training college after the Second World War. Still in private hands, the estate took a new direction in the mid-2000s, creating the ambitious Welbeck Project, a quest to create a sustainable community "through rural and creative industries, education and the arts".

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