McCashins Brewery Kitchen and Bar
While cycling along the Railway Reserve Cycleway just off the Great Taste Trail in central Stoke, it’s just a very short detour to get to McCashins. Hodgson enjoys a visit to sample their beers and ciders, as well as taking time to sit outside under their old oak tree in the beer garden.
Recently, I reflected on the history of McCashin’s Brewery and the wonderful products being produced by the next generation of the McCashin family under the Stoke brand. While the brewery in Stoke is an industrial brewing operation an important part of the facility is McCashin’s Brewery Kitchen & Bar (MKB) that is run by Lincoln and Brigitta Womersley.
The Kitchen and Bar has become one of our favourite places for a casual lunch, especially in the summer when we can sit outside under the old oak tree. The indoor seating area has been designed to reflect the brewery heritage with an industrial feel to the décor. With plenty of seating and a corner full of toys for the kids to play with while the adults enjoy a quiet beer or coffee over a relaxed lunch, it’s a great place for everyone.
The food is, what I call great pub food served in a brewery. It is very good quality with everything from the sauces and burger buns to the tasty food all made in-house by trained chefs, not just good cooks. The thing we enjoy about dining at MKB is that they serve what on the surface appears to be reasonably simple food but is prepared fresh every day, using great ingredients and is packed with flavour cooked beautifully and is just the sort of food Womersley has intended from the beginning. “We wanted to keep MKB simple and not take away from what the place is, a brewery.
“We sell lots of coffee, and have a range of quick but tasty cabinet food; our homemade pies, scones, brioche cinnamon rolls and sweet slices are perfect with coffee and we have strong support from locals as well as lots of cyclists on the trail who drop in for a coffee or a cold beer mid-ride, it’s a real mix of people who all have different reasons for coming in. We all have a focus on making sure we serve great food and that what we do fits with the McCashins Brewery craft beer ethos, we hand craft food to go with hand crafted beer.”
Thanks to Neil Hodgson for permission to use this article, first published 29/11/16