Two Derbyshire breweries raise a glass as local ales will be stocked in 29 stores

Two Derbyshire breweries are raising a glass to the news that their products are now being stocked by a major food retailer in 29 local stores.

Central England Co-op has linked up with both Thornbridge Brewery and

Derby Brewing Company to sell a selection of their locally brewed real ales in selected stores across the county.

Derby Brewing Company, which is based in Nottingham Road, was set up in 2004 by head brewer Trevor Harris, who started his brewing career in 1991.

The brewery has developed a core range of beers using only the ‘finest ingredients’ from a triple hop ale to a double mash ruby infused creation.

Katie Lane, from Derby Brewing Company, said: “We use only the highest quality raw ingredients in our beers, and are one of the few breweries who mill the malt ourselves to ensure freshness.

“Our brewery runs on 100% renewable energy and we are passionate about caring for the environment and recycling.

“We are really excited to have linked up with Central England Co-op to help our beer reach more consumers across Derbyshire.

“We are proud to have received multiple awards for our ales and craft beers and would like to thank our customers for supporting our independent business.”

Thornbridge craft beers were first produced in 2005 in a 10 barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell.

Based on the innovation, passion and knowledge of its brewing team, the firm aims to produce high quality beers using the best natural ingredients.

The brewer creates everything from a chocolate flavoured porter to an Indian pale ale and has been honoured for its efforts by winning over 200 international and national consumer and industry awards.

Supporting local producers is important to Central England Co-op and the retailer now stocks hundreds of locally-sourced products in stores, from fish smoked in a traditional smokehouse in Lowestoft to cakes from Fatherson Bakery in Alcester.

Ashbourne Road Food Store Manager Rob Owen 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 Derbyshire breweries to showcase some great beers and ales.

“With summer 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.

“Our range includes some hot new products alongside some established old favourites, with many available chilled in our stores – perfect for a hot day this summer.

“We also have some great options in our stores when it comes to pairing our range with the correct food. This is a fantastic opportunity to really make the most of your dining experience and enjoy a nice drink at the same time.”

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Notes to editors

Picture caption: Images of some of the great locally produced beers available in Central England Co-op stores across Derbyshire.

                The new local ales range is available in the following stores:

  • Bakewell Food Store
  • Ripley Supermarket
  • Ashbourne Road Food Store
  • Belper Food Store
  • Blenheim Drive Food Store
  • Brackens Lane Food Store
  • Breadsall Food Store
  • Brimington Food Store
  • Castle Donington Food Store
  • Dronfield Civic Centre Food Store
  • Dronfield Woodhouse Food Store
  • Duffield Food Store
  • Harrison Drive Food Store
  • Hasland Food Store
  • Hatton Food Store
  • Holme Hall Food Store
  • Horsley Woodhouse Food Store
  • Inkersall Food Store
  • Kedleston Road Food Store
  • Littlemoor Food Store
  • Littleover Supermarket
  • Maple Avenue Food Store
  • North Wingfield Food Store
  • Overseal Supermarket
  • Prince Charles Avenue Food Store
  • Smalley Drive Food Store
  • Somercotes Food Store
  • Sussex Circus Food Store
  • Wollaton Road Food Store

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 / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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