The Crown, Ardleigh
Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7QR 01206 231946
We’re very proud to stock so many British products, from cask ales and craft beers, to ciders, wines and soft drinks.
Explore more about a few of our personal favourites below and then get planning your next visit so you can start sampling!
Chapel Down own vineyards across Kent and is England’s leading winemaker. They produce a world-class range of sparkling and still wines (as well as award-winning Curios beers and ciders), all created using the Traditional Method, the same as Champagne. We’re proud to stock Chapel Down Rose Brut NV in all Vintage Inns – an elegant, fresh and fruity sparkling rosé. A real English rose.
Doom Bar is produced on Cornwall’s North Atlantic coast, at Sharp’s brewery. It was founded in 1994 by Bill Sharp who had a mission ‘to make exceptional quality beer on the north Cornish coast’ – and that’s just what we think he’s done. Now the UK’s no.1 selling cask beer, Doom Bar has a signature style; balanced, elegant, highly drinkable with complexity of flavours and a moreish finish.
The UK is home to some of the best gin makers in the world and our back bar stocks an array of traditional and contemporary British gins. From familiar favourites, such as Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s, to premium offerings such as Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb gin and Tanqueray No. Ten, they all pair perfectly with our premium Fever-Tree tonics to make a delicious G&T.
Amongst our range of craft beers, sit some of our favourite British products. Hawkes Ginger Beer is made from a unique blend of natural ingredients; ginger, mandarin and kiwi, creating a smooth and fruity finish with the perfect ginger bite. And Hiver Honey Beer is a dry, crisp and refreshing blonde beer, brewed with honey and out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers. And recently we’ve added three new Thornbridge beers to the collection too.
Cornish Orchards are an award winning traditional Cornish cider & apple juice producer based at Westnorth Manor Farm in Cornwall. They’ve grown steadily over the last 10 years, using 100% freshly pressed apples in all their products. All Vintage Inns now sell Cornish Orchards Gold Cider; an immensely refreshing cider with a light, champagne sparkle, fruity apple tones and a long dry finish.
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St Peter’s Without is a delicious full-bodied alcohol-free craft ale. It has a distinctive malt flavour, combined with a refreshing delicate bitterness and is brewed with skill and patience at one of Britain's finest small breweries. St. Peter’s Brewery is based at St. Peter South Elmham, near Bungay in Suffolk. The brewery itself was built in 1996 and is housed in an attractive range of traditional former agricultural buildings adjacent to St. Peter’s Hall.