Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep to reopen its Masham Visitor Centre and Chapel Allerton Tap & Kitchen on 4th July



Black Sheep Brewery is to reopen its Visitor Centre and restaurant in Masham from Saturday 4th July following the recent government announcement on the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

The recently renovated ‘Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen’ in Chapel Allerton will also reopen on the same day, with both venues having several safety measures in place, including regular cleaning of shared facilities, table service with strict social distancing, and also encouraging contactless payments as much as possible.

Although Brewery tours will not be available in the short term, the multi-award-winning Visitor Centre and restaurant will be open Wednesday to Saturday between 12pm and 8pm, and Sunday between 12pm and 4pm. They will be serving a new range of homemade food, which includes stone baked pizzas following the installation of two pizza ovens during lockdown.

The Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm until 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm until 11pm, and Sunday from 12pm until 6pm. The venue will also be offering an appetising food service at set times throughout the day.

Customers at both venues will be able to order via a new online app, which the brewery is rolling out to limit close contact with customers. The Visitor Centre will also offer a takeaway service, with disposable cutlery so customers can enjoy a meal in its picturesque beer garden. The effectiveness of these measures will be assessed prior to opening Black Sheep’s three other pubs in Leeds and York.

The Brewery Shop, within the Visitor Centre, which reopened earlier in June for takeout beer options, will continue to sell packaged beers and brewery merchandise while also adhering to social distancing measures. The brewery will continue to offer its ‘DeliverEWE’ service from the Visitor Centre, which was established early in lockdown to deliver food and beer to the houses of the local community.

Charlene Lyons, Chief Executive of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We have been gearing up for reopening for some time and we can’t wait to serve our first pints at the Visitor Centre and The Tap & Kitchen.

“We have put all required social distancing and hygiene measures in place in each venue so our customers can be confident that they are in a safe environment when they come back to enjoy their favourite Black Sheep food and drink.

“We hope to open our other pubs soon and we will use the Visitor Centre and Tap & Kitchen to benchmark our new ways of working before we apply them to our smaller venues, to ensure the safety of our team and our customers.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

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Editors’ Notes:

The Black Sheep Brewery is one of British brewing’s most famous stories and has grown from humble beginnings to become a multi-award-winning company, with its beers enjoyed around the world.

Black Sheep has grown to become one of Yorkshire’s most recognised brands, with its beer distributed both nationally and internationally. Black Sheep continues to champion the county of Yorkshire and is the official brewer of the annual Tour de Yorkshire.

Black Sheep is a multi-award-winning brewer, having enjoyed numerous accolades in recent years including:

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Beer Champion 2017

International Brewing Awards – Milk Stout – Overall Champion (International Dark Beer)

World Beer Awards 2019 – Milk Stout – UK Winner

World Beer Awards 2019 – Pathmaker – Gold Award

World Beer Awards 2019 – Black Sheep Ale – Silver Award

World Beer Awards 2019 – Guzzler– Bronze Award

World Beer Awards 2019 – Pineapple Milkshake IPA- Bronze Award

Based in Masham, in the heart of North Yorkshire, Black Sheep brewed its first beer in 1992 after being built up by Paul Theakston, whose family had brewed in the area for six generations.

In a world of ever-increasing bland, mass-produced beer, Paul saw an opportunity to return to what his family had done best since 1827, making real beer in the time-honoured fashion.

An old maltings building, once part of Lightfoot's Brewery, became the Brewery’s home. This landmark building, which stands high over the banks of the Ure, had fallen into disrepair as years of neglect as a semi-redundant grainstore had taken its toll. Paul assembled a small team around him to fight the rats and build a traditional country brewery.

The Visitor Centre, at the site of the iconic brewery, has grown to become an award-winning attraction for visitors to Yorkshire, with tens of thousands of people flocking to Masham each year. In 2018, the Visitor Centre had a thorough refurbishment and offers the general public a menu of locally sourced Yorkshire food, its range of award-winning beers and tours of their iconic brewery.

In 2018, Black Sheep announced the purchase of York Brewery, which included the acquisition of four pubs in the business and key cask brands, including Guzzler and Yorkshire Terrier.

The outlets bought by Black Sheep, as part of the deal, are as follows:

Last Drop Inn, York

Mr Foley’s Tap House, Leeds

The Three Legged Mare, York

Tap and Kitchen, Leeds

The addition of York Brewery complements the strong, iconic Black Sheep brand and its existing award-winning beers and brands.

In 2018, Black Sheep also purchased the Chapel Allerton based bar, ‘Kith and Kin’ which they have since refurbished and renamed the ‘Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen’, which was officially launched on 28th February 2019.

The Black Sheep name derived from Masham’s association with sheep, but ‘Sheep Brewery’ didn’t quite sound right, so with a little creativity from Paul’s wife, the Black Sheep Brewery was born - a name that sat well with the area, spoke volumes about the business’ maverick attitude to the multi-nationals seeking to dominate the brewing industry and captured the essence of the family struggle that led to its birth.

Black Sheep’s beers are full of character derived from the best possible brewing materials, plenty of time and patience in the brewing and its very special Yorkshire Square fermenters.

Black Sheep Best Bitter is now one of the best-selling cask session beers in the UK and many of its creative brews, over the course of its 25-year history, have collected numerous awards – ranging from Black Sheep’s traditional ales to its up and coming craft beers.

2017 marked the launch of Black Sheep Brewery’s first lager, 54 Degrees North, created in homage to its hometown of Masham, which sits on 54’ 13’ 24” N; 1’ 39’ 20” W longitude and latitude lines, as the company embarks on an adventurous new chapter in its distinguished history.

In 2019, the brewery diversified their offering and entered the world of spirits by producing their own Black Sheep Yorkshire Dry Gin. The gin is distilled in Masham and within the production it features classic brewing ingredients including malted barley and Lemondrop hops.

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Rob Theakston and Jo Theakston ready to welcome back visitors
Rob Theakston and Jo Theakston ready to welcome back visitors
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