Brewery boss chuffed to back railway’s urgent appeal

Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company's Jon d'Este-Hoare
Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company's Jon d'Este-Hoare

Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company has offered its support to Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway’s urgent appeal to raise £50,000 in three months.

The existing station building at Page’s Park is in dire need of replacement so the railway has launched the Museum Gateway Project. If the appeal can raise £50,000 by early June a mystery benefactor has offered to match this, resulting in £100,000 towards the fund.

Jon d’Este-Hoare, from the brewery, said that for for each cask of Narrow Gauge beer sold £1 will be donated to the cause.

He said: “As soon as I read about the appeal I thought this is something the brewery must be able to help with – after all we have beers names after the locality including a golden ale called Narrow Gauge after the railway.”

“I already donate £1 of each cask sold of Restoration Ale to the All Saints Leighton Buzzard Preservation Trust to help with the upkeep of the town’s iconic church and it didn’t take long to hit upon the idea of a £1 for each cask of my Narrow Gauge beer going towards the Museum Gateway Project over the next three months of the appeal.”

Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway chairman Terry Bendall said: “I’m delighted that the first local business to stand up and support our appeal is our town’s own brewery! I hope that others will follow their lead. I know too that many of our supporters will be especially pleased to be able to justify an extra pint occasionally on the strength of knowing that they are doing so for the good of the railway!”

For more information about the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company contact Jon d’Este-Hoare on or 07538903753.

For more information on Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway or the Museum Gateway Project contact or 01525 373888.