A Leicestershire Treasure

We’ve been treated to a very special pop up pub this weekend. Anstey Ale have moved their brewery to new premises on Albion Street in Anstey, and during the move they have also added a lovely taphouse space.

This weekend has seen the inaugural pop-up pub event at the Mash & Press and I don’t mind telling you it’s a little bit special. 

A true Leicestershire treasure, it’s filled with delicious treats that are all made on site or within just a few miles of the brewery.

On the bar you can enjoy Anstey Ales own range of beers. When I visited yesterday, Darkroom Oatmeal Stout was on the pumps, along with Show Stopper (the special developed for this year’s Leicester Beer Festival) and Daydreamer, their bitter. There was also a tantalising pump for Nook IPA which will be up next, but sadly not during my visit.

Rob of Charnwood Cider

Along with these tasty brews, you can enjoy a full selection of Charnwood Cider. Rob grows the apples in Ulverscroft and presses them in Cropston and you can sample pretty much the full range at the pop up. Dry to sweet, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

Liz of Rothley Wine

This is all complemented by a choice of wines from Rothley Wine Estate, again just up the road (although with the current flooding it takes a bit longer to get from one place to the other!) Their award winning range of still wines are on offer, all grown and made at the Kingfisher’s Pool Vineyard on Westfield Lane.

It’s comfortable, cosy, and has amazing furniture. And it’s dog friendly. Say hello to the official Charnwood Cider CEO, Marley, or bring your own pooch along. 

It’s all about Marley

Whatever you do, don’t hang around. It’s the last day of the pop-up today and they are open from 12pm-9pm. Will the pop-up make a triumphant return in the weeks to come? I hope so.

Happy Patrons


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