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Top Oakham brewery set to boom

Director Pete Atkinson, left, and brewer Rory Gibson at the Grainstore
Director Pete Atkinson, left, and brewer Rory Gibson at the Grainstore

An iconic Rutland pub and brewery is set to plough millions of pounds into setting up an exciting new mini-chain of pubs.

The Grainstore Brewery Tap in Oakham is poised to take a huge leap forward by setting up a new bigger brewery in the town as well as opening pubs in Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough.

Director Pete Atkinson spoke exclusively to the Rutland and Stamford Mercury about the bold new blueprint as he celebrated being crowned the Own Brew Pub of the Year 2019.

Pete, 46, said: “This will be very exciting as we prepare to mark our 25th anniversary here next year.

“We run a unique pub and brewery here and we are looking at recreating it in Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough.”

He added: “Those towns have nothing like the Grainstore and we could do well there.

“We have our own special evocative atmosphere - and have built up a fantastic rapport with our customers over the years.”

Pete took over the multi-award winning pub and gravity-fed brewery in 2014 with business partner William Davis, son of the founder Tony Davis.

“We’ve been looking hard at the Grainstore since taking over to get it as we want it and throwing lots of ideas about.

“We’ve narrowed them down and now have a good idea of what we’d like to do,” he said.

“This will be the most exciting thing we’ve done since Mike Davies and Tony Davis opened the Grainstore in 1994.

“Potentially we will pump millions of pounds into this new project - it’s a very significant investment.

“We still have a lot of work to do and are looking at different sites but nothing ventured nothing gained!”

Pete said they are also keen to open a dedicated new brewery in Oakham, creating new jobs, as they ramp up output.

“That alone could cost a million pounds.

“We’d also continue to brew some beer here and at each new site,” he said.

“We are thrilled to win the Own Brew Pub of the Year as it’s voted for by the public - we are the people’s pub.”

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