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Beer hops are the perfect recipe for prize garden

Pete Knell, director of the Wild Board Company, Alex Ridgeway, Claire Crowbotham and Steve Ridgeway, director of the Wild Boar Comapny.

Pete Knell, director of the Wild Board Company, Alex Ridgeway, Claire Crowbotham and Steve Ridgeway, director of the Wild Boar Comapny.

A WARWICK pub garden has come out top of the crops after winning an annual horticultural competition at the first attempt.

Claire Crowbotham, landlady of The Wild Boar in Lakin Road, is growing runner beans for the menu and hops for a new beer.

Claire said: “The English Fuggles and Goldings hops, along with an American Mounthood variety, will be used for a special green beer that we plan to brew on-site next year.”

Peter Knell, director of The Wild Boar Company, runs the pub in partnership with Everard’s brewery, which has 170 tenanted houses across the Midlands, said; “We’ve won the title of Best Overall Pub Garden and are absolutely delighted.

“By having the hops grow in the garden we hope that we can bring the whole brewing process alive for poeple.”

The Wild Boar - formerly known as the Park Tavern - reopened two years ago after a £130,000 refurbishment. Mr Knell and his partner Steve Ridgeway, whose son Alex is working behind the bar, are also directors of The Slaughterhouse Brewery.

 
 
 

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