We have a philosophy in the way we go about restoring our Taps, we use natural materials and local Craftsmen to help us do the work.
We use the best materials we can lay our hands-on and we find the more natural the material, the better, as it lasts and it gains a lustre. These materials have been around forever, so it suits our style and with over half our Pubs being listed buildings then it suits them too.
We use oak as our timber, the colour, texture, and patina are unique. It’s also good for the environment because it is so long-lasting, oak captures carbon of course and we also recycle by using reclaimed oak whenever we can – so that’s all good news for vegetarians.
We share this interest in English oak with Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson of Kilburn and admire the breath-taking Craftsmanship that is reflected in their rendition of furniture. In brewing, we aspire to that level of Craft and we understand the deep care and desire to do your best that can grip you from the belly.
The room was very carefully installed at our Brewery in 2010 and is the centrepiece of our hospitality Mouseroom. In total 7 carved mice and the only nodding mouse, the Mouseman ever crafted. Over the years, we have added a few more pieces, 3 Mouseman church pews as well as some furniture from Mouseman apprentices known as the ‘Yorkshire critters’ who each carved their signatures [look out for Gnomes, Beavers & Lizards].
In 2016, we opened our Ludlow Tap, the Rose and Crown which also has a ‘Mouse Room’. The idea the Brewery has along with the great-grandson of Robert Thompson was to use recycled Mouseman pieces and create a single-panelled room. We purchased the entire contents of the ‘spare & repair ‘store at Kilburn. These pieces together make up the reclaimed mouse bar in Ludlow.
We also have purchased from local auctioneers, Trevanion and Dean, a run of Mouseman panels which are waiting patiently in our stores for a special Taphouse when, one day, Joule’s will return to Stone Town.