Make it a local Christmas with Nottinghamshire-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 three Nottinghamshire breweries in 12 of the county’s stores.

Customers of Central England Co-op can enjoy locally-brewed real ales and ciders from Pheasantry Brewery, Blue Monkey Brewery and Farmer Fear LLP.

Pheasantry Brewery was born from the roots of the Camm family who have farmed in Nottinghamshire for generations, growing cereals, vegetables and sugar beet.

Today it is still a family farming business run by a brother and sister who are responsible for day to day operations including its on-site brewery.

Blue Monkey Brewery was first established by John Hickling and Trevor Vickers in 2008 in Ilkeston.

The firm brews a range of different beers from traditional-style cask ales through to artisan hand-bottled specials and cutting edge hops.

Farmer Fear LLP is based in rural Nottinghamshire and uses generations of knowledge to make a range of real ciders.

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

Clifton Food Store Manager Matthew Welborne said: “We are really proud at Central England Co-op of continuing our long tradition of working with local suppliers by joining forces with three great Nottinghamshire breweries to showcase some great beers and ales.

“This Christmas, customers can enjoy a great offering when it comes to beers, wines and spirits, 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.”


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The local ales range is available in the following stores:

Carlton in Lindrick Supermarket
Chapel Street Food Store, Kirkby In Ashfield
Coppice Road Food Store, Arnold
Farnborough Road Food Store, Clifton
Nottingham Road Food Store, Giltbrook
Hickings Lane Food Store, Stapleford
Watnall Road Food Store, Hucknall
Selston Road Food Store, Jacksdale
Mansfield Road Food Store, Skegby
Skegby Road Food Store, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
South Church Drive Food Store, Clifton
Station Road Food Store, Langley Mill


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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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