Family business Mauldons brewery is sold after owners announce retirement
A Sudbury brewery, which first established its brand in the town more than 200 years ago, has been acquired by an agricultural business.
Following the purchase of Mauldons in Churchfield Road, the new owner has announced ambitious plans to brew sustainable ales crafted from its own barley.
Stephen Sims, who has run the brewery with his wife for almost two decades, will be retiring from the business.
“Alison and I are delighted to have sold our family business to Heathpatch,” he said.
“It has been a fantastic journey over the last 19 years, but the time is right for us to retire.
“We would like to thank all of our staff, past and present, for all the hard work and loyalty over the years; we would not have enjoyed the success we have had without them.”
Welcoming Charlie Buckle, landlord of Lindsey Rose, into his new role as managing director, Mr Sims said he was confident the business would continue to prosper.
“It was important for us to sell our business to someone with the necessary enthusiasm and commitment to drive the business forward, and we are certain that Charlie and his team will continue the growth and success of the company,” he said.
The deal will see Heathpatch, which runs the Crown in Bildeston and the Lindsey Rose, acquire the Brewery Tap in Sudbury.
Mr Buckle said: “We are pleased to have moved in to a new line of business to strengthen our position in the hospitality sector in Suffolk.
“The high quality of product and the teams at the brewery and the Brewery Tap makes a very interesting prospect for the future.
“With the arable farm owned by Heathpatch, we intend to use our own malting barley and hops to produce an environmentally-friendly and sustainable product.”