The Brewery: Your new favourite coffee shop
The Whistle speaks to Sarah Ward, owner of The Brewery, a coffee shop & deli in the Leicestershire village of Sileby.
Walking into The Brewery, it’s clear that this is not your average village coffee shop. From the reclaimed wood panelling adorning the walls to the artisan breads, barista coffee & handmade cakes, The Brewery is modern and chic, yet very homely.
After travelling across the world for 18 months, owner Sarah settled in Australia for around a year, where their thriving coffee shop culture took her by surprise. “People were coming in early for coffee and dining out for breakfast, which the UK didn’t really do back then”. Sarah trained there as a barista, before coming back to the UK where she taught Art in a school for 9 years. After having children, Sarah decided on a change of career and began to chase her dream of setting up her own coffee shop & deli.
Formerly a newsagents shop, Sarah and her husband, Paul, stripped the shop back to bare brick, and from there combined forces to fit out the shop with artistic touches. With metro style tiles and hand-lettered blackboards, together they have created a special, unique space that puts local roots at its heart. “One of our customers actually had a paper round here back in the day - he’s now 92 years old!” says Sarah.
Whether you visit The Brewery for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, you can expect to find the menu made up of fresh, local produce. Using local products is at the heart of The Brewery, meaning if you love the chutney used in your sandwich, you can take a jar home from the deli. With handmade cakes from Mountsorrel, artisan bread from Welbeck Bakehouse near Nottingham, Coffee roasted by St Martins, and beer from Charnwood Brewery, their selection is rather impressive.
Menu favourites include the Home & Away deli boards. Home deli boards offer a selection of handmade bread, meat, cheeses & chutneys from across Leicestershire, whilst the Away deli board is more continental, offering chorizo, parma ham with cheese from France & Italy. “We also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, as well as a selection of vegan cakes and bread”.
Growing organically since its launch in 2016, The Brewery also run a Secret Supper Club once a month, working with local chefs to create bespoke menus. “The Secret Supper Clubs are incredibly popular and will sell out within a few hours, there’s often a waiting list”. They also run lots of pop up events, collaborating with locals such as Heidi the Van, The Gastropod and The Italian Stallion, and in the summer these are held in the garden. Also popular are ‘Pamper & Prosecco’ evenings and Gin Night which celebrates produce from Leicestershire distilleries - Two Birds & Burleighs.
Be sure to visit The Brewery to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere & local goodness it has to offer - you won’t be disappointed! And pick up a copy of our latest issue whilst you're there!
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