Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Food & Drink

Through the Looking Glass with Wild Beer, Jessop’s House

Jessop’s House celebrated it’s second birthday a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to be invited along to join in with the festivities. From the elaborate and beautifully designed invitation I received I knew this was a party not to be missed!

I turned up not really knowing what to expect and was completely blown away with the transformation that had taken place in the basement of Jessop’s House. Our journey began just at the entrance before being guided downstairs and handed a bottle of ‘potion’, shrinking us down and allowing us to enter Wonderland.

Whilst sipping on the small bottle of what was in fact a bitter negroni, it was here we met Alice and the White Rabbit. The White Rabbit read us a small segment of The Walrus and the Carpenter, immersing us all into the old tale. The actors were great, they were very theatrical and went to great lengths to capture your attention, making you feel part of the story.

It wasn’t long before we were led through a velvet curtain and into the middle of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, hosted by the man himself!

We enjoyed several pairings of speciality beers and Alice-themed treats including confit pork balls, rainbow cakes and meringue mushrooms. The guys at Wild Beer know their stuff and the beers paired up perfectly with the food.

Whilst all this was going on, the eccentric Mad Hatter went around the table measuring our heads for hats before our potions began to wear off and we had to climb out of the rabbit hole, returning to normal size and reality.

Luckily the fun was still continuing upstairs with the bar open for more tasters of their wonderfully crafted beer and a table of cheese tastings from Westcombe Cheddar.

Whether you’re a big beer fan or not, Wild Beer also has a great selection of wines and the food has always been excellent. Having visited on several occasions purely for their food, I can honestly say you won’t be disappointed. The incredible efforts the guys went to for their 2nd Birthday was nothing less than marvellous, here’s to many, many more!

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