The rush cutters of Oulton Broad

In the June edition of BBC Countryfile is a feature on Waveney Rush of Oulton Broad.

Spending a couple of days with the team of rush cutters and weavers, I joined them on the river, where they cut the bull rushes, then back to their lovely workshop on the banks of Oulton Broad. Watching as they weave the rush into magnificent mats, baskets and in the case of the tutorial, coasters!

If you’re local they are well worth a visit

A little bit of ale…

Three months ago I had the pleasure of visiting St Peters Brewery in Suffolk. Working on a feature piece for Suffolk Magazine, I popped along and met the head brewer Steve Groves, who took me on a behind the scenes tour of this unique brewery. The feature will be in Suffolk magazine shortly…

Horizontal rain sweeps across the open fields, quiet roads sprinkled with mud wind their way through this peaceful area of Suffolk. Arriving at the crossroads I follow the delicate signs for St Peters, it isn’t long until the ancient and unquestionably beautiful St Peters Hall and thatched barn appear. The brewery is a hive of activity. Forklift trucks swing out of the barn loading boxes of the distinct oval bottled beer onto the waiting lorry, the chalk board is out advertising the popular weekend brewery tours, while distant sounds of glass clinking on the production line leave me in little doubt this is one busy brewery. I feel rather ashamed to admit to Colin Cordy, the managing director of St Peters Brewery, that as a local Suffolk resident this is my first visit to the wonderful hidden little gem of St Peters. I’ve often passed your signs while I’ve been out riding I say to Colin who has clearly heard that tale before. “The rural nature of our brewery means we are a little off the beaten track, our customers appreciate the quietness, uniqueness and beauty of our location, we like to think it’s certainly worth the trip”………….

The Head Brewer

A couple of weeks ago I paid a visit to St Peters Brewery, near Bungay.
Working on a new feature for Suffolk Magazine, I enjoyed the tour and chat about the history of this rather remarkable brewery.

The highlight was without doubt, the information and knowledge that head brewer Steve Groves parted with during the brewing process.

Feature to follow in the next few months…

St Peters Brewery