6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Surrey Life today click here

Leith Hill Brewery in Coldharbour – the great Surrey beer tour

PUBLISHED: 14:06 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:47 15 June 2017

The Plough at Coldharbour is home to Leith Hill Brewery (Photo: Matthew Williams)

The Plough at Coldharbour is home to Leith Hill Brewery (Photo: Matthew Williams)

Archant

The perfect place to stop off for a pint after a long walk or cycle up Leith Hill, The Plough at Coldharbour is also home to its own brewery

Working on their latest brew at Leith Hill Brewery Working on their latest brew at Leith Hill Brewery

The Plough Inn

Coldharbour, Surrey RH5 6HD

Web: ploughinn.com

***

Person interviewed: Antoine Josserand, head brewer

Your best-seller? That will be Crooked Furrow, our 3.7% traditional best bitter. It’s the only beer that we brew all year round and we try to have it on tap in the pub (The Plough at Coldharbour, which is home to the microbrewery) every day of the year.

Your personal fave? Smiler’s Happiness! It is brewed with copious amounts of American hops (Cascade and Chinook), and being a hop head this is right up my street. If it was only me, I could probably double the amount of hops again. But then it’s got to be enjoyable to normal people too!

Your most unique? Smiler’s Happiness again! Even though we came up with the recipe for it, it is the pub’s locals who named it in memory of John “Smiler” Steele, a legendary figure in the village.

One you wish was yours… Titanic Plum Porter. I love it when non-traditional (and natural!) beer ingredients are used to produce outstanding beers. It’s very easy to chuck anything in the mash tun or the FV, but most of the time the effect won’t be noticeable or enjoyable. Plum Porter is a great beer and possibly one of my favourite English porters. Now I’ve just checked their website and I see they’re using natural plum flavouring, which makes me want to brew my own plum porter using fresh fruits. When are plums in season again?

What’s next stage for your brewery? I expect we’ll try and launch at least one new beer this year. Probably session strength (well below 4%), pale to golden in colour and, you guessed it, on the hoppy side of things. Something that Leith Hill mountain bikers and ramblers could enjoy a pint or two of this summer without fear of getting lost on their way back. We can’t really expand the brewery for space reasons (what’s the point of good beer if we have no beer garden) but we’ll try and give the place some love so that it’s all shiny again and we can proudly give tours.

Finally, where’s the best place for people to try your beer? The Plough Inn in Coldharbour of course. Best place and only place. And on a sunny day, nothing beats our beer garden. But if you happen to be in Dorking town, the best place for great beers has to be Cobbett’s on West Street (disclaimer: Tim, the owner, is a mate and I work some shifts over there every now and then).

***

Vote for your favourite Surrey food and drink businesses at foodawards.surreylife.co.uk

***

Carry on your Surrey beer tour at…

Ascot Ales, Camberley

Brightwater Brewery, Claygate

Dorking Brewery, Dorking

Frensham Brewery, Frensham

The Godstone Brewers, Godstone

Hogs Back Brewery, Tongham

Little Beer Corporation, Guildford

Surrey Hills Brewery, Dorking

Thames Side Brewery, Staines-upon-Thames

Thurstons Brewery, Horsell

The Tillingbourne Brewery, Shere

More from Surrey Life

Tue, 10:52

One of the biggest foodie events in the Surrey calendar is back for 2018! Voting is open and this year’s event will take place at G Live, Guildford on Thursday 13 September 2018

Read more
Tue, 10:51

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tue, 10:48

A community-spirited pub with its own microbrewery, The Plough has long been a haven for people venturing into the Surrey Hills. Matthew Williams visits

Read more
Tue, 10:30

Previously the private chef to the Mauritian president, Jean-Didier Gouges became head chef at The Petersham Restaurant in Richmond’s Petersham Hotel in October

Read more
Mon, 16:17

As the Runnymede Rivers Celebration got under way, Rebecca Younger visited a hotel right at the heart of the action

Read more
Mon, 11:38

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

We’ve teamed up with Naturalmat to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a duvet and pillow collection worth £225

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

Surrey is England’s most wooded county and the Surrey Hills boasts almost 40 per cent woodland cover. These woodlands hide a wealth of archaeological features. We pick some of the best woodland walks to explore

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

If your skin is loose, developing deep lines, sagging or creating the appearance of jowls you may be a good candidate for the Concept™ Facelift. This type of facelift surgery is unique as the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, and is far less invasive than traditional methods, meaning the procedure requires minimal down time.

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Surrey villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think red-bricked cottages, cosy pubs, village greens and picture-worthy streets. We picked 14 of the prettiest Surrey villages to live.

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

President of the Reigate-based English Arts Chorale and former King’s Singer Brian Kay conducted Britten’s War Requiem at Winchester Cathedral

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

Enjoy a 4 mile (6.5km) walk around this little known area of Surrey

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

With beautiful countryside, stunning villages and plenty of bluebells during spring, Surrey is an amazing place for a stroll

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Surrey's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search