Make it a local Christmas with Leicestershire-brewed tipples available from Central England Co-op

Shoppers at Central England Co-op stores can bring a local flavour to Christmas this year as the retailer is selling a selection of locally-brewed real ales from Leicestershire breweries in 36 of the county’s stores.

Customers of Central England Co-op can enjoy locally-brewed real ales and ciders from Grainstore Brewery and Everards Brewery.

The Grainstore Brewery was founded in 1995 by two friends Tony Davis and Mike Davies. The pair have since used decades of experience in the brewing and engineering trade to transform a derelict grain store in Oakham into a working brewery.

The business has since gone from strength to strength and its success has been continued by Tony’s son William and his business partner Peter Atkinson.

Some of its most famous creations include the Rutland Panther, a dark, mild ale, and Beesting, a light golden honey brew.

Leicester-based Everards Brewery will also have a selection of ales on sale in Central England Co-op stores.

Supporting local producers is important to Central England Co-op and the retailer now stocks many locally-sourced products.

Hallam Crescent Food Store Manager Margaret Smith said: “We are really proud at Central England Co-op of continuing our long tradition of working with local suppliers by joining forces with two great Leicestershire breweries to showcase some great beers and ales.

“With Christmas just around the corner, customers can enjoy a great offering when it comes to beers, wines and spirits, an offering made even better by the addition of some great local creations made just a few miles away.

 “We also have some great options in our stores when it comes to pairing our range with food. This is a fantastic opportunity to really make the most of your Christmas dining experience and enjoy a locally-produced, festive drink.”


Notes to editors

The local ales range is available in the following stores:

Aikman Avenue Food Store, Leicester
Anson Road Food Store, Shepshed
Anstey Supermarlet
Asfordby Food Store
Market Street Food Store, Ashby
Aylestone Road Food Store
Braunston Road Food Store, Oakham
Clarendon Park Road Food Store
Coalville Supermarket
Cropston Drive Food Store, Leicester
Fleckney Supermarket
Glenfield Supermarket
Great Glen Food Store
Groby Food Store
Hallam Crescent Food Store, Braunstone
Ibstock Supermarket
Kibworth Beauchamp Supermarket
Knighthorpe Road Food Store, Loughborough
Launceston Road, Wigston
Loughborough Road, Quorn
Loughborough Road, Rothley
Main Street, Markfield
Market Harborough Supermarket
Market Place Food Store, Whitwick
Mountsorrel Food Store, Loughborough
Narborough Road Supermarket, Leicester
Newbold Verdon Food Store, Leicester
Oakham Supermarket
Sharmon Crescent Food Store, Braunstone Frith
Shepshed Supermarket
Station Road Food Store, Ratby
Sturdee Road Food Store, Leicester
Thringstone Food Store, Coalville
Turnbull Drive Food Store, Braunstone
Uplands Road Food Store, Oadby
Whetstone Supermarket


About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

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