Pub group to launch its own gin, beer and wines


Tom Peake Mark Reynolds Nick Fox South-west London pub group Renaissance Pubs is celebrating its 10th anniversary in May with the launch of its own beer, gin and wine.

London Ten Ale is an amber ale, crafted from a blend of British barley and British hops at Sambrook’s Brewery in Battersea, south-west London.

They selected a recently discovered hop, found growing in a hedge in an established hop garden in Kent, to form the basis of their beer. This gentle, floral aroma hop has been named Renaissance. The ale is also made with First Gold, Challenger and WGV hops to result in a beer with fragrances of English garden and green tea.

Ten London Gin is made in small pot stills at Thames Distillers in Clapham, south-west London, in the style of 19th-century London dry gins, with 13 botanicals including lime flower and cinnamon along with traditional ingredients such as juniper. It has been distilled and bottled with SW4 London Gin and leading distiller Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers.

Two house wines have been created with grapes grown in the Monferrato Hills of the Piemonte region of Italy and selected with the help of producer Claudio Manera of Araldica.

Ten House Red is an easy-drinking, medium-bodied wine with aromas of ripe raspberries and plums made with Barbera grapes, while Ten House White is made with Cortese grapes resulting in an easy-drinking, dry wine with a clean, crisp flavour and hints of ripe grapefruit and lime.

Renaissance Pubs was set up by childhood friends Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox (pictured) when they launched The Abbeville in Clapham in May 2003. Today they also co-own and run The Avalon in Balham, The Stonhouse in Clapham, The Bolingbroke in Battersea, The Rosendale in West Dulwich and The Tommyfield in Kennington.

Also to mark the 10th anniversary, Renaissance Pubs will launch a competition in May for customers to win “free food for a decade”. All six pubs will also celebrate with special events, parties and food and drink promotions including £200,000 worth of dining vouchers given out at the pubs, posted to residents and handed out at local Tube stations. Further details will be published on a new website at www.renaissancepubs.co.uk/ten/ on May 1.

Head chefs at each of the pubs will receive a whole Gloucester Old Spot pig from Locks Drove Farm, which is the company’s partner supplier, and will be challenged to come up with the most creative pork dish to complement the Renaissance Ten wines. The winner of the finest dish – with extra points given for most creative use of the whole pig – will be heading off to a hotel in Hampshire for a night away for two.

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