Two Leicestershire breweries raise a glass as local ales will be stocked in 37 Co-op stores

Two Leicestershire breweries are raising a glass to the news that their products are now being stocked by a major food retailer in 37 local stores.

Central England Co-op has linked up with both Grainstore Brewery and Everards Brewery to sell a selection of their locally brewed real ales in selected stores across the county.

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 hundreds of locally-sourced products in stores, from fish smoked in a traditional smokehouse in Lowestoft to cakes from Fatherson Bakery in Alcester.

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 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 Leicestershire.

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

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