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Leicestershire accountants sponsor Rutland Food & Drink Week

Leading Leicestershire & Rutland accountancy firm Newby Castleman has been confirmed as the main sponsor of the Discover Rutland Food & Drink Week 2019 (26th October to 3rd November).

The accountants – whose client base includes Rutland eateries The Olive Branch, Grainstore Brewery, Hambleton Bakery and Scandimania – has announced its sponsorship of this year’s annual county event, which was established with the aim of bringing local food providers together to celebrate and promote the “County of Good Taste”.

The Olive Branch is a multi-award-winning gastro pub in Clipsham that currently holds the coveted title of The Good Pub Guide 2020 County Dining Pub of the Year (Rutland & Leicestershire). The pub was also shortlisted in the Top 10 Best Pubs and Top 10 Best Wine Pubs in the same guide.

During Rutland Food & Drink Week this year, The Olive Branch will be offering special two- or three-course lunch and evening set menus, each featuring ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Additionally, it will be hosting a cookery demonstration on Thursday 31st October.

Newby Castleman has been providing ongoing financial and tax advice for The Olive Branch since its beginnings in 2000, when the pub’s owners approached the chartered accountants with their business plan to transform and re-open the village pub, which had lain vacant for three years.  

Ben Jones is co-owner of The Olive Branch, as well as a Discover Rutland management committee member. He commented:

“Knowing how to grow your business and in which areas is key to success. This is where Paul Barnett, Dave Adams and the rest of Newby Castleman have really helped us evolve.

“After 19 years, our relationship with Newby Castleman is as strong as ever and, as we look for further opportunities to grow, we know they will continue to provide us with the same personal and supportive service they always have.”

Founded in 1995, Grainstore Brewery in Oakham is a traditional pub that brews its own range of beers on the premises. It has earned The Good Pub Guide’s “Own Brew Pub of the Year” accolade on multiple occasions, offers pre-bookable brewery tours and hosts the annual Rutland Beer Festival every August.

As members of Discover Rutland, Grainstore Brewery will be participating in Rutland Food & Drink Week with a special offer of two main courses and a four-pint jug of beer or bottle of wine for £25.

Newby Castleman and in particular John Griffin, one of the firm’s partners, has provided comprehensive services for the brewery for the last 20 years. With the help of the accountants’ payroll, pensions, purchase order processing and bookkeeping support, the business has continued to go from strength to strength.

Owner and Director Peter Atkinson said:

“We’ve always been more than happy with the service we’ve received from Newby Castleman and with the relationship we have with John.

“Over the last two years, as we’ve grown significantly, we’ve begun to make more use of the firm’s services and they’ve continued to meet and exceed our expectations as our demands have increased.”

John Griffin commented:

“It’s a pleasure and a privilege to announce our sponsorship of the Discover Rutland Food & Drink Week for the first time. We have no doubt that the event will be a wonderful celebration of the flavours, creativity and talents of the county and its food producers and purveyors.”

Discover Rutland has announced that this year’s Food & Drink Week will open with the Uppingham Beer Festival from Friday 25th October, to be followed by the Rutland Food & Drink Festival on Sunday 27th October. Uppingham Food & Drink Festival will conclude the event on the 2nd and 3rd November, with the Discover Rutland Annual Ball rounding off the week on the 3rd.

Newby Castleman is one of the Midlands’ leading independent accountancy firms, with offices in Leicester and Loughborough. It offers a range of specialist financial services, business and tax advice for individuals and businesses. For further information, telephone the Leicester branch on 0116 254 9262, the Loughborough branch on 01509 263500 or visit the website at

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