Locally brewed beer seemed a natural pairing for the famous steam train that winds along Romney Marsh under big skies.
So Romney Marsh Brewery has teamed up with the RH&DR Railway to create “Ales by the Rails” – a new brewery beer garden in the grounds of the railway’s Dungeness Station.
Visitors to the RH&DR Dungeness Station may have noticed the striking black and red beer shed that has appeared in the grounds in recent weeks. The final touches have now been added, such as hand-painted signs by Dungeness artist Paddy Hamilton.
Ales by the Rails opens 12 noon on Friday, 16th June and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon throughout the summer months.
Visitors from Hythe and New Romney might even enjoy a pint of Romney on the train en route. In a further collaboration, Romney Marsh Brewery is sponsoring the re-launch of Gladys, RH&DR’s renowned ‘bar car’. The newly refurbished bar car will be officially unveiled the same weekend as the launch of Ales by the Rails.
Romney Marsh Brewery owner Matt Calais always envisaged opening a brewery tap-room, just as many other Kent micro-breweries have done. But the brewery itself didn’t easily lend itself to doubling as a tap-room, because of space constraints. So Matt had other ideas.
“Romney Marsh is totally unique,” Matt said. “We wanted our brewery tap-room to celebrate this special landscape. A brewery beer garden right on the shingle beach, next to the railway tracks where the engines pull in, really seemed to encapsulate the inimitable spirit of Romney Marsh.”
The family-friendly beer garden aims to have something for everyone. “Kent is spoiled for choice when it comes to small but award-winning producers of beer, wines, ciders, and even gin. We are excited to be able to promote some of the other great tipples made right here in Kent,” Matt said.