Beer, Food & the Law
Beers, Breweries & Deliveries
In days gone by the beer was delivered by horse and cart.Elsie Warland of Crick (see photo) remembers her great-uncle, Joe Bromwich , who used to take a carriers cart down to Crick and Kilsby Station to collect the beer.All along the back of The Malting (now a private residence)was a lean-to where they kept the wagons.He had one carthorse and he collected Phipps and NBC(Northampton Beer Company) beers and delivered them to all the pubs owned by those breweries.The spirits came the same way.

"The beer used to come in wooden barrels to the Royal Oak," remembers past landlord George Fox.

"There were thirty-six gallons in a barrel, eighteen gallons in a kilderkin which was also a barrel and a niner or firkin. The barrels had a porous peg on the top and a tap on the side and beer was drawn straight from the barrel.The Shoulder of Mutton used the old Victorian pump to raise the beer from the cellar. They allegedly had lead pipes which leaked!"

Glasses for the beer were straight and the port and lemon was served in tall glasses similar to the lager glasses used today.

In the pre Second World War period all the pubs were under tenancies.NBC (Northampton Brewery Company)owned the Royal Oak; Phipps Brewery owned the Red Lion and the Wharf; Hopcroft and Norris owned the Shoulder of Mutton and Tedmonds owned the Wheatsheaf.

Today the Red Lion and the Royal Oak are John Smith's Central Pubs. The Wheatsheaf is the only pub in the village to have been bought out by an individual in 1996 but is presently a managed pub owned by McManus Taverns.

Elsie Warland of Crick remembers her great-uncle Joe Bromwich delivering beer.