A top beer served up at Westminster

Roy Crutchley from Hoggleys Brewery, and South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, with a pint of Northamptonshire Bitter at Stranger's Bar
Roy Crutchley from Hoggleys Brewery, and South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, with a pint of Northamptonshire Bitter at Stranger's Bar
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A beer made in a small village brewery is currently being enjoyed by MPs in the corridors of power at Westminster.

Visitors to the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons have been able to sample a pint of Northamptonshire Bitter, brewed by Higgleys Brewery in Litchborough.

The brewery had its beer showcased thanks to a meeting between brewer Roy Crutchley and MP for South Northamptonshire Andrea Leadsom.

Mr Crutchley met Mrs Leadsom at an event at Towcester Racecourse last year, and invited her for a tour.

And following this, she arranged for a barrel to taken to Strangers’ in the new year.

Mr Crutchley and colleague Stewart Blake visited Westminster to enjoy a pint of their own beer, and meet with Mrs Leadsom.

Mr Crutchley said: “When I went in and saw the pub clip it was a really pleasant shock. When we started off, we were the smallest licensed outlet in the county, so it is great to have grown so much.

“Our daily routine is usually made up of hard graft, often quite messy and physically demanding, so to spend a day in such a grand establishment and to see our own beer in pride of place really does spur us on and make it all worthwhile.

“It also offered an opportunity for us to talk directly to some members about issues affecting the industry, particularly the beer duty escalator.”

Mrs Leadsom said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Roy and Stewart to Parliament and to have a go at pulling a pint of Northamptonshire Ale in Strangers. I am pleased they have built up a successful business in a time which has been difficult for the pub trade.”