Centuries-old estate gets its own beer

Ashridge Ale''New beer at Ashridge Business School''Kai Peters, chief executive of Ashridge (right), and Andrew Jackson, a director of Tring Brewery.
Ashridge Ale''New beer at Ashridge Business School''Kai Peters, chief executive of Ashridge (right), and Andrew Jackson, a director of Tring Brewery.
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A HISTORIC estate set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty now has its own beer to boot.

Ashridge Ale, made by Tring Brewery, is one of many new drinks on sale at the refurbished bar of Ashridge Business School.

The building dates back to the 1800s, when John William Egerton, the seventh earl of Bridgewater, commissioned it to be built in the middle of a 5,000-acre woodland estate.

After completion in 1813, the border between Bucks and Herts passed through its dining room - but in modern times, it’s in Herts alone.

It became a secondary site for Charing Cross Hospital during the Second World War and took its current use as a college in 1959.

It’s now the location of many educational programmes, conferences and weddings.

Anna Brown, hospitality director at Ashridge, said: “Ashridge is renowned for its exceptional character and learning environment.

“I am confident this new bar adds another touch of style and modernity.”

The refurbished bar also has a new state-of-the-art sound system and large-screen TV, a range of cocktails including the Ashridge Martini and a new range of ‘light bites’.

You can even pick up an Ashridge mini burger with bacon and roquefort.