Paul Theakston was born into the brewing industry and worked at the namesake Theakston’s Brewery in Masham, Yorkshire. That is until business and managerial mayhem made him leave in the 1980s. But – and many a Yorkshireman would say the same – beer was in his blood.
So he started his craft beer brewery – the Black Sheep Brewery – just a couple of years later.
Today the brewery has a fine collection of beers and you can visit the brewery, learn all about the beer-maing process and to cap it all off, enjoy a great meal right on the premises.
The Black Sheep Brewery has a fine menu for lunch and dinners (dinner only available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings) and the menu even suggests the ideal pairings – which of the brewery’s beers you should enjoy with each dish. What’s more, all the menu items are created from local sources.
They are splendidly unpretentious too – just what you’d expect in Yorkshire.
Being a non-meat-eater, I’ll start with the Warm Wensleydale Cheese and Onion Tart and I’ll follow that with the Roasted Vegetable Curry. Meat-eaters can enjoy the Celebration of Yorkshire Pork, the Riggyburger, Flat Iron Steak, Yorkshire Lamb Casserole, Fish Pie or of course, Fish & Chips.
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