The White Horse, Edwardstone – Home of Little Earth Project Brewery
The Pub- past, present and future
The Edwardstone White horse is a rural pub well known for its good food and beer, its regular events and a unique 'green' ethos. It is located in a quiet village, with many customers using the pub as a base for walking and cycling. It is about 5 miles from the historic wool villages of Kersey, Lavenham and Chelsworth (where we at Little Earth also grow our barley and hops) and close to the towns of Sudbury, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Colchester and Bury St Edmunds. It is also very accessible for visiting tourists, with rail links to London from nearby Sudbury and Stansted airport only 45 minutes away.
The village of Edwardstone is situated on a plateau in south Suffolk in the CO10 postcode described by Rightmove as the property hotspot of 2017. The pub has a great country atmosphere with 3 wood burners situated in the three main public rooms. The first room is a separate public bar with bar games such as Bar Billiards, Darts and the lesser known Ring the Bull. It features a quarry tile floor, exposed brickwork and only two small tables. The second area is the lounge bar with a small snug; it is wainscot with a wooden floor and is mainly used by diners. The third room, known as the ‘Green Room’, is a 2007 extension built to green principles. This lovely space was built using reclaimed local bricks, lime plaster and insulated with sheep’s wool. In addition, the pub has a large outside space (3 acres) consisting of two holiday chalets, a campsite with shower block, a patio, beer garden and car park. It also includes a wind turbine and, of course, Little Earth Project's brewery.
In recognition of its green ethos, the pub and brewery have won several green awards. The wind turbine is supplemented by solar thermal panels and, in the past, the pub had grown its own vegetables and even sourced local meat fed on our own brewer’s grains, which is something we’d be interested in doing again. The pub is heated by wood burners and we have a ready source of local coppice wood. Both the pub and brewery have water supplied by an onsite borehole.
Our primary aim for the future is to develop the White Horse as the official brewery tap for Little Earth Project by turning it into a destination craft beer bar with a focus on mixed fermentation while showcasing the best of what local breweries have to offer in cask and keg. We also want to move the other drinks and food in this direction so by the end of the first year we are sourcing as much as possible from small, independent and local producers, as well as incorporating foraged ingredients into our menu as much as possible.
The pub offers 2 bedroom accommodation for any successful applicants.
The Brewery - Little Earth Project
While the partnership does not entail participating in any of the running of the brewery, it will involve regular collaboration and cooperation with the business located on site.
Little Earth Project is a unique brewery based in the Suffolk countryside, established by brewer Tom Norton, brewing interesting aged and historic recipe sour beers with a focus on provenance and sustainability. Many of our beers are made with hops and barley grown on our very own organically certified land and the brewery itself was built using local wood, reclaimed bricks, sheep's wool, and lime plaster. We also have our own borehole for water and use both solar panels and a wood biomass boiler to help heat the brewing liquor.
With a family history in cider making, we cultivate our own strain of wild yeast from the skins of pressed and fermented apples. This wild yeast brings another level of complexity and "funk" to the beers, which heralds back to historic beer recipes of the past. This wild yeast is added directly to the barrels and left to age over a number of months until the desired characteristics and flavours develop. Beers are never rushed - in fact, our first beers were brewed in October 2015 and not released publicly until August 2016! We also never filter or use finings in our beer, meaning they are always vegan and vegetarian friendly.
What’s involved and who are we looking for?
We are looking for a manager and partner to run the White Horse:
Skills and Experience
We are in a flexible position to be able to work with any potential partner and can offer favourable terms to the right person. As a partner, you will be required to invest in the business of which details will be discussed at point of contact.
If you fit these criteria and want to be part of a burgeoning craft beer & local food movement here in the beautiful countryside of south Suffolk please send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, the Norton family
Since we first started selling our beer in August of last year, we have received a massive amount of feedback; some great and some not so good. Whether it’s a face to face conversation, email, tweet or an Untappd comment we take what people think of our beer very seriously. Perhaps surprising to some, I am still the only full time employee here so I don’t always have time to respond to every comment that is posted, though I wish I could. Generally feedback has been very positive but of the negative comments we’ve received, one thing has been mentioned more than all the others put together - ‘flat beer’. I hope in this little blog I can answer some of the questions and queries we’ve had about why some of our beers have been so flat.