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The Prince of Wales enjoyed a morning tipple as he helped mark our 10th anniversary.

His visit was the start of a day-long tour of Cumbria. He pulled a pint of Windermere Pale from behind the bar and gave the royal seal of approval to the aromatic beer as he remarked it was "very hoppy" and "tasty".

Staveley Mill Yard where we are based was a former centre for the woollen industry and has used the nearby River Kent for water and power since the 1600s. Bobbins were later made for the Lancashire cotton industry and then wooden tool handles - becoming the largest producer in Europe - before the site lay redundant.

Today it has been transformed into a thriving business community of workshops and offices which cater for the local community as well as wholesale trade.

Owners Alex and Anne Brodie set up the business in 2002 and now employ 19 full-time staff.

Alex said: "We are one of the new wave of independent brewers who have led the way in getting the public interested in proper beer. Our head brewer is only 32 years old. It's no longer an old man's game."

Charles unveiled a plaque to commemorate our tenth anniversary and was presented with a selection of bottled ales to further pursue his interest. He chatted with other business owners and also toured More? The Artisan Bakery next door.

Crowds braved the rain to give Charles a warm welcome at the Mill Yard. Among the well-wishers were children from Staveley Primary School who handed him a gift of a history book which marked 250 years of the school.

More photos of Prince Charles' visit can be viewed here.


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