Top food critic is full of praise for town’s Coop­ers


Burton Mail - - News - By BEN WALDRON ben­[email protected]­ @BenWal­dron96

Se­lected stores. Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. On­line min­i­mum spend will ap­ply. De­liv­ery charge and 40p bag charge may ap­ply. Ex­tra Spe­cial Rasp­berry & Pis­ta­chio Wreath 397g (£15.12 per kg). Pho­tog­ra­phy shows serv­ing sug­ges­tion. The Gro­cer 33 is an an­nual award based on a bas­ket of 33 prod­ucts that are ran­domly se­lected and changed each week. Prices are com­pared across Asda, Mor­risons, Sains­bury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. For ver­i­fi­ca­tion con­tact Asda Stores, South­bank, Great Wil­son Street, Leeds LS11 5AD. A “HIS­TORIC and au­then­tic” Bur­ton pub has won warm praise from ac­claimed food critic Tom Parker Bowles af­ter mak­ing it onto a na­tional list of the 100 cosiest inns in Bri­tain.

Mr Parker Bowles, 43, res­tau­rant critic of the Mail on Sun­day, has drawn up an en­tire cen­tury of pubs in which to en­joy a drink, along­side fel­low critic Olly Smith.

And 54th on the list, be­tween the Fire­fly in Here­ford and The Cam­bridge Blue in Cam­bridge, is Bur­ton’s very own Coop­ers Tav­ern.

Mr Smith had en­joyed a pint of Bass – as he says “for the mem­o­ries” – af­ter pre­vi­ously film­ing at the pub for a doc­u­men­tary en­ti­tled How Beer Changed the World.

In the sec­tion on the renowned Bur­ton pub, the list reads: “It’s his­toric and au­then­tic, and the cosy back bar is ir­re­sistible.

“Bass brew­ers used to come here to taste in this snug pub that was once part of Bur­ton’s mega-brew­ing his­tory, serv­ing the Bri­tish Em­pire. “To­day the legacy lives on.”

The Coop­ers Tav­ern dates back to the 19th cen­tury, set in a quiet lo­ca­tion on Cross Street in Bur­ton, off Sta­tion Street.

The build­ing was once a sam­pling house from the nearby Bass brew­ery.

On site there are five linked rooms with beer and brew­ery mem­o­ra­bilia dec­o­rat­ing the walls.

Lim­ited food is reg­u­larly put on, in­clud­ing pork pies and cheese boards, while drinks vary with up to four ciders or per­ries and a num­ber of chang­ing beers.

The pub has been im­mensely suc­cess­ful down the years win­ning sev­eral re­gional “pub of the year” awards from CAMRA.

If Tom Parker Bowles and Olly Smith were to re­turn to the Bur­ton area, there are a whole plethora of pubs they could visit.

It would be im­pos­si­ble to list them all, so we have listed just a few from East Stafford­shire, South Der­byshire and North West Le­ices­ter­shire that have un­der­gone re­fur­bish­ment in the past year. Marston’s brew­ery.

The pub is viewed as a “show­room” for the wide va­ri­ety of ales cre­ated by the brew­ing giants.

It has re­cently re­opened fol­low­ing a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment to be­come a tap­house, mean­ing that there are 11 dif­fer­ent casks on site.

It is Marston’s only tap-house, and will cham­pion “all things beer,” serv­ing goods cre­ated less than a mile away.

The build­ing has an in­dus­trial feel to it, sim­i­lar to what would have been seen in a Vic­to­rian work­ing brew­ery.

Ex­posed pipework can be seen over­head, while some of the fur­ni­ture is in­spired by the Bur­ton Union sys­tem, the unique method used by Marston’s dur­ing brew­ing.

The cen­tre­piece of the build­ing lies to­wards the back, with rows of bar­rels vis­i­ble in a fea­ture fridge.

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