A NUMBER of pubs and a brewery on the outskirts of Chester have been named as community heroes during lockdown.

Eddisbury MP, Edward Timpson CBE, has announced the names of the pubs and breweries that have achieved his Covid Community Hero Award following the reopening of hospitality venues this month.

The award has national backing from the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group who support the responsible enjoyment of beer and the role of pubs in the UK.

Hostelries and breweries in the Eddisbury constituency were recognised for their work through lockdowns over the past year in serving their communities in innovative and unique ways.

The Little Tap in Tarporley and Weetwood Ales in Kelsall have been presented with their awards.

Weetwood Ales adapted their distillery production lines to produce World Health Organisation (WHO) standard hand sanitiser at the start of the pandemic, while Myles Carr and his team at Little Tap kept up local morale with a food and gin take-out service, supporting key workers with ready-made meals.

Following a call for nominations by Edward Timpson, local establishments were selected to receive a framed certificate and a letter of commendation for their work.

Recognised pubs include:

• The Bickerton Poacher, Bulkeley

• The Lord Combermere, Audlem

• The Pheasant Inn, Burwardsley

• The Swan, Tarporley

• The Little Tap, Tarporley

• Cholmondeley Arms

• Bhurtpore Inn, Aston

• Dysart Arms, Bunbury

• Carden Arms, Tilston

• The Rasoi, Tarporley

The Eddisbury MP said: “Over the past year, we have all had to make some tough decisions, but despite the resulting hardships, we have seen some inspirational work by our local pubs and breweries.

“I want to commend every single pub and brewery in my constituency for their work over the past year, and wish them the very best over the summer as they continue to serve the nation’s recovery.”

Myles Carr, director of Little Tap in Tarporley, said: “After a year of diversification, creating a pop-up shop, launching our gin, and—most importantly—creating a take-out service to support our local key workers, we are thrilled to have been awarded this special community award.

“We are looking forward to relaunching Little Tap to its former glory over the coming weeks.”