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18th January 2022

In it together – a toast to a partnership

Images by Matt Glover Photography

Hospitality has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, affected by lockdowns and government restrictions throughout. When pubs were forced to close their doors, independent family business Everards of Leicestershire continued to place their business owners at the forefront.  They quickly confirmed that they would cancel (and not defer) rent, and cancelled £5.6m of rent to support their business owners, as well as providing ideas and guidance to help them during lockdown.

In a show of appreciation and to say thank you to the whole Everards Team for their support during the pandemic, business owners from across the Everards estate clubbed together and gifted two beautifully crafted benches that sit outside Everards new home and state-of-the-art brewery at Everards Meadows along with several trees.

Organisers of the collection Sarah Heath from The Aberdale (Knighton) and Justin Robinson-Bowles from The Queen’s Head (Little Eaton), along with many other Everards business owners, joined Richard and Julian Everard, as they raised a glass to toast the occasion.

“We wanted to give something back and show our appreciation of all the help and support Everards have provided during such a worrying and challenging time.” Shared Sarah

Richard shared: “We are truly honoured to be gifted two such beautifully crafted benches, that now sit here at in our home for all to see and enjoy.

It has been a unique and challenging situation for us all, something none of us could have seen coming or planned for, but we are like a family, and we are all in this together. We wanted to take an approach that was fair and help business owners be a good place and ready to start trading again as soon as they could. We are proud to work with so many amazing business owners.”

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Notes to editor:

About Everards:

Everards of Leicestershire is an independent, family business based in Leicestershire. Chairman, Richard Everard OBE DL is the fifth generation of his family to run the business since it was established by William Everard in 1849. Last year Everards opened their new home at Everards Meadows which incorporates their new state-of-the-art brewery, beer hall and shop. Everards are proud to work with lots of local businesses and causes – from Leicester Tigers and Leicester Riders, for which Tiger is the Official Beer, to supporting local charities such as Warning Zone, Age UK and PROSTaid.


Tiger Copper Ale (4.2 per cent ABV) is Everards’ most famous beer and is the official beer of the Leicester Tigers. On the bar alongside Tiger you will find Golden Hop (3.5 per cent ABV), Beacon Hill (3.8 per cent ABV), Sunchaser (4.0 per cent ABV) and Old Original (5.2 per cent ABV) available in many Everards pubs. In addition, an innovative range of Limited-Edition beers are released throughout the year.


Everards own more than 150 pubs across the Midlands, all run as independent businesses.

For further information please visit, search for ‘Everards’ on Facebook or find @Everards1849 on Twitter and Instagram.

Press release from Everards


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