Brewery chairman champions English cheese and beer

Hall and Woodhouse chairman Mark Woodhouse (centre) with, l-r, Tamsin and Nick Lawson, Tom Walden and Gyles Culver, landlord of The White Hart. Pic by Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media. www.mikebeardall.com SUS-140605-165839001
Hall and Woodhouse chairman Mark Woodhouse (centre) with, l-r, Tamsin and Nick Lawson, Tom Walden and Gyles Culver, landlord of The White Hart. Pic by Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media. www.mikebeardall.com SUS-140605-165839001
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Mark Woodhouse, chairman of Hall and Woodhouse, gave an informative and mouthwatering tour of English cheeses and his own Dorset ales at The White Hart, Henfield, on Wednesday.

More than 50 were in the audience comparing specialist beers with cheeses from across the south and south-west.

From Fursty Ferret and Stinger to Golden Champion and Poacher’s Choice, the Hall and Woodhouse beers sampled were teamed with various strengths of cheddars, blues and bries – all made in England.

“We have the best beers and cheeses in the world,” said Mark, “and they are more than a match for wines when it comes to putting them together.”

He said that all the barley used in their brewing was British and that 90percent of hops were grown in the UK.

Mark is the great, great, great grandson of the founder of the Dorset brewery which has been producing ale since 1777.

White Hart landlord Gyles Culver, celebrating 15 years in Henfield with wife Mo, said: “It was a thoroughly entertaining evening and we were delighted to host Mark’s very informative talk.I think the sampling was much appreciated by the packed audience in our new Courtyard Room.”

Report and pictures by Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media.