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24th April 2013

BBPA promote the nation’s beer at Raymond Blanc’s showcase of British produce

The BBPA team, led by Beer Sommelier Steve Livens, promoted British beer to an audience of British and international chefs at Raymond Blanc’s ‘Best of British’ event held yesterday at the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford.


The event’s key focus was to introduce global chefs to British produce, with beer being one of the highlights of the event. The chefs were talked through the range of styles and strengths of beers, explaining how beers can be used as an accompaniment to food in ways not previously considered by the elite culinary audience.



Celebrity chefs Patrick Bertron of the three Michelin-starred Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, Michael Caines MBE of the two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, two-starred Michelin chef Patrick Henriroux of La Pyramide and Claude Bosi of the two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus, all showed a special interest in the beer on offer (see pictures).



Commenting on the event Beer Sommelier Steve Livens, said:



“The BBPA took advantage of the opportunity to show how well British beer matches fine cuisine. With a captive audience of some of the best chefs in the world all in one room, this event can only build the reputation of our beers.



“That Raymond Blanc is such a champion of British beer shows us that beer has a place at the best tables in the land – and the range of beers available makes it perfect for any meal.”







For further information please contact:


Gareth Barrett, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 020 7627 9154


Sophie McIntyre, Communications & Campaigns Officer Tel: 020 7627 9155


David Wilson: Public Affairs Director Tel: 020 7627 9151




Notes to editors:


Photos of Beer Sommelier, and BBPA Policy Manager, with chefs Raymond Blanc, Patrick Bertron & Michael Caines MBE and Patrick Henriroux & Claude Bosi are attached.



The BBPA stand was complimented by hops and malted barley provided by Charles Faram Hop Merchants and Warminster Maltings. The BBPA would also like to thank the National Hop Association for their support.



At the event the BBPA offered ‘A taste of Britain’ with the following beers:


Arkell’s Bee’s Organic


Bank’s Cereal Thriller


Bathams’ Best Bitter


Cameron’s Monkey Stout


Elgood’s Cambridge Bitter


Elgood’s Warrior


Fuller’s Bengal Lancer


Fuller’s London Porter


Fuller’s London Pride


Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2012


Hall & Woodhouse Badger First Gold


Hall & Woodhouse Badger Blandford Flyer


Hobson’s Mild


Hobson’s Innovation Pale Ale


Hook Norton’s Old Hooky


Hook Norton’s Double Stout


Little Valley’s Hebdons Wheat


Little Valley’s Tod’s Blonde


Marston’s Pedigree


Marston’s Single Hop: Pacific Gem


Shepherd Neame 1698


Shepherd Neame Canterbury Jack


Shepherd Neame India Pale Ale


Shepherd Neame Double Stout


St Austell Clouded Yellow


St Austell Korev


Thwaite’s Crafty Dan


Thwaite’s Old Dan


Thwaite’s Wainwright


Young’s Bitter


Young’s Special