Who's Behind Wharfedale Brewery?

  • Sixteen Local Businessmen
  • All long Standing Friends
  • With Strong Ilkley Connections
  • Real Ale & Cider Enthusiasts
  • Ilkley Beer Festival Founders
  • Multi Award Winning Brewer

Wharfedale Brewery:  About Us

Wharfedale Brewery is situated in Ilkley town centre on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

The company is made up of sixteen investors who have fostered great friendships over many years.

All with a close connection to the town, the majority of them are past chairmen of Ilkley Round Table and founder members of the highly successful Ilkley Beer Festival which was first hosted in  2008.

They felt there was a niche in the market place to  capitalise on the resurgence in the popularity of real ale by producing and selling their own beer in the kind of pub which they felt had been sadly lacking in the Ilkley area.

The opportunity arose to acquire the lease of the former Mallard  Inn (more recently the Albert) on Church Street.  

The Grade II listed building, steeped in 300 years of history, provided an exact match with their plans to provide a Yorkshire Dales style real ale and fine wine venue, in a setting packed with character which could incorporate a small microbrewery in a barn at the rear.

And thus, Wharfedale's first BrewPub was born!

Wharfedale Brewery:  The Shareholders

Julie Brett
Bill Dale
Pete Demaine
William Eddison
Anthony Elston
Peter Fisher
Neil Godden
Darren Martin

Robin Oldfield
James Pitt
Stewart Ross
David Russell
Mark Selby
Jonathan Shepherd
Paul Smith
Timothy Usherwood

Wharfedale Brewery:  The Brewery Team

The brewing operation is headed up by property landlord Michael Allan and supported by Malcolm Bastow, owner of Five Towns Brewery.  

Well known and industry wide respected award winning brewer Stewart Ross, who is registered blind, acts as chief consultant to the brewing  team.