North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel swapped Speaker’s orders for bar orders when she pulled the first pint to officially launch the new Drone Valley Brewery at Unstone.
The region’s first community brewery – which aims to re-seed profits back into the local economy – is run by volunteers in a disused warehouse on the banks of the River Drone.
It was granted its brewing licence in March and is already producing six ales, including Dronny Bottom Bitter and Stubley Stout, which will be available at local outlets and events.
Get involved by becoming a shareholder for just £10. More details: www.dronevalleybrewery.com
TASTE OF THE DRUID
The Druid Inn at Birchover has launched a monthly tasting menu event. Head chef John Parsons continues the series on Friday with a vegetarian night, promising some surprising flavour and texture combinations (tickets £28). May’s theme is spices while June looks at seasonal foods. Bookings only.
CARY’S BACK IN TOWN
Acclaimed chef Cary Brown is set to return to Sheffield next week when he takes over the Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley. Cary – who previously ran award-winning restaurants including Carriages and Slammers – helped to launch the Devonshire Arms in 2009 before heading for Barnsley.
TEA AT CHATSWORTH
Chatsworth has opened a new tea room, Flying Childers, in the estate’s stable block. It will serve afternoon tea only, on Wedgewood china, at weekends and during school holidays.