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13th October 2023

‘Beaujolais nouveau’ of the beer world trots into Leadenhall Market

First barrel of 2023 Young’s Winter Warmer to arrive by dray horse and cart

Beer lovers will have the chance for a unique tasting at Leadenhall Market’s 18th century pub, The Lamb Tavern, later this month. Arriving by traditional dray horse and cart, the first barrels of this year’s iconic limited edition Young’s Winter Warmer – a champion cask ale – will be opened and served to customers alongside a hearty English breakfast.

For the first time in Winter Warmer history, ale afficionados will be able to taste the inaugural barrels of the brew at The Lamb Tavern, within the City of London’s beautiful Victorian Market building, Leadenhall Market.

Hailed as the definitive winter beer, for over five decades the ale has been produced annually to embody the spirit of the season. Punters wanting to be amongst the first to taste the malt brew can sup their pints at The Lamb Tavern’s Winter Warmer Breakfast, taking place on Friday 27th October, from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

The Lamb is the sole venue in central London to be holding the first tastings – with the White Cross in Richmond the only other location in the UK.

In the 1870s Young’s had a fleet of 27 dray horses – mostly black shires – who delivered beer from the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth to pubs throughout the capital. To celebrate this history, the dray horse and cart will arrive at 10am, with the first pint served on the historic cobbles of Leadenhall Market shortly afterwards.  Ticketholders will then head to the beautiful dining room overlooking the market for breakfast and beers served until the barrels run dry.

Priced at £25 for a full English breakfast, a pint of Winter Warmer and a unique branded scarf, hat and socks set to keep visitors toasty throughout the chilly season, tickets can be booked by emailing

A £5 donation from each ticket sale will be made to Wooden Spoon’s Pass the Plate initiative on behalf of the customer for much-needed food banks in the capital, with more money being raised through additional Winter Warmer merchandise available in the pub.

A previous champion cask beer and Gold Medal Winner at the Brewing Industry International Awards, Winter Warmer is a 100% malt brew, with Maris Otter and Crystal malt combining Fuggle and Golding hops. Young’s unique cane sugar mix is added to the copper during the brewing process and the result is a luscious, full bodied, rich ruby coloured beer. For more information go to Young’s winter warmer

After breakfast, visitors can enjoy Leadenhall Market and its boutique retailers, bars, restaurants and cafes, spread among its open-aired alleyways under a splendid wrought iron ceiling.

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Leadenhall Market is owned and managed by The City of London Corporation.


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About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

About Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market dates back to the 14th century and is situated in what was the centre of Roman London. Originally a meat, poultry and game market, it is now home to a number of boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes, wine bars and an award-winning pub.

Starting as the site of a manor, Leadenhall Market has survived changes in use, rebuilding, and even the Great Fire to become a popular destination for city residents, visitors and workers.  Situated in the centre of the City of London’s financial district, the current Grade II listed Market building, designed by Horace Jones, dates back to 1881. Its airy and light wrought iron and glass structure replaced the stone market previously created by Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington in the 15th Century.

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