Poldark star Robert Daws swopped his customary glass of Sauvignon Blanc for a pint of real ale at the launch of the new Ampthill Brewhouse last night.
And after taking a couple of swigs, the TV and movie celebrity gazed at his glass and admitted: “I absolutely love it. I could very easily be persuaded to have a second glass. And maybe even a third …”
Robert, 56, who lives in Ampthill and will shortly be starring with wife Amy in a nationwide tour of Agatha Christie’s Rehearsal for Murder, joined revellers cramming into the historic Georgian market town’s packed White Hart Hotel to sample the new brewery’s three different beers.
Within 10 minutes of the event kicking off, there were already 20 people inside. And they kept flooding in as veteran local musician Roger “Chucklefoot” Butler, 70, took out his banjo to entertain drinkers.
Ampthill’s Mayor Sue Hinkin was among those trying the brewery’s Sessions Ale, the weakest of its three beers but perhaps the favourite on the night. She admitted: “I don’t normally drink beer, but this tastes lovely.”
Cllr Hinkin went on to recall how beer had been made in the town since the 18th century when the Morris family established a brewery in Bedford Street. It eventually became one of the biggest in Bedfordshire..
“So we have a proud history of brewing in Ampthill,” she said before, perhaps aware that she was wearing her mayoral chain, turning down the offer of a second pint and saying: “Maybe I’d better not!”
Ampthill Brewhouse is already producing more than 3,000 pints of beer every week. As well as the White Hart, the beer can also be sampled among other places in the town’s Dew Drop restaurant, the rugby and football clubs, the Hide wine bar and the Engineers Arms at Henlow.
Read more in the Times and Citizen next week.