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Eco-friendly store opens

PUBLISHED: 11:41 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 05 July 2010

An environmentally-friendly shop and café selling locally-brewed beer and specially selected kitchenware opens its doors in Southwold today.

The new flagship Adnams Cellar and Kitchen store features a selection of more than 500 wines, Adnams beers and kitchenware as well as a café offering home-cooked local produce.

An environmentally-friendly shop and café selling locally-brewed beer and specially selected kitchenware opens its doors in Southwold today.

The new flagship Adnams Cellar and Kitchen store features a selection of more than 500 wines, Adnams beers and kitchenware as well as a café offering home-cooked local produce.

The modern timber-framed building combines reclaimed materials from the old Adnams brewery with modern architecture as two 80-year-old copper-lined fermentation vessels which were salvaged during the brewery refurbishment have been converted into private seating areas for the café.

Gauges from the old coppers where barley would be boiled and mixed with hops during the brewing process are also on display.

Simon Loftus, former executive chairman of Adnams, said: “Our intention was to weave the story of our history in Southwold into something completely contemporary. The building shows that we are proud of the past and looking forward to the future.

“In the entrance there is a display featuring brewery memorabilia from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which shows people a bit more about what we're about.”

Old wooden groynes from Southwold beach have been used to create a paving effect in the courtyard and in front of the shop on Victoria Street.

In line with the company's commitment to reducing its environmental impact, the café - developed with the team behind the Crown Hotel - has a living sedum roof and the shop building is insulated with sheep's wool.

Robert Farquharson, Adnams' director of retail, said: “We are delighted to be leading the way with exciting, thoughtful retail designs which enable us to do our bit for the environment and deliver a truly memorable shopping experience for our customers.”

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