Joule’s Brewery have today announced the date for the opening of the Angel Inn, Lichfield (formerly Samuels) and look forward to opening the doors to the public on Thursday 30th October.   Market Drayton based Joule’s Brewery purchased the pub earlier this year and the pub has undergone a sympathetic restoration and refurbishment to create a Joule’s pub with a twist; supporting a slightly retro feel, with more emphasis placed on new age and sophistication.

The Angel Inn sits on one of the towns’ business streets and will very much compliment the well-known Joule’s Tap, The Duke of York. The Angel Inn is the second in a series of Joule’s Craft Beer Bars, a concept being driven by the passion and dedication to the craft beer revolution.


Over the last 12 months much research has been carried out by Joule’s to support and drive the successful launch of Green Monkey, their latest creation.  Launched in May this year, Green Monkey is a brewery fresh chilled lager, carefully crafted, with no artificial additives or preservatives and unlike main brand lagers, Green Monkey is properly ‘laagered’; fermentation is twice as long, delivering an unmistakable smoothness and provides a naturally sparkling delicate beer.

Trudie Meredith, Marketing Controller for Joule’s commented, ‘The Angel Inn has been a truly exciting project for us, the concept is very new  and fresh for Joule’s, but the focus remains the same; unmistakeably high quality sophisticated crafted beer in good quality surroundings.   The beer offering will represent all types, styles and origins in both bottle and draught.  We plan to offer over 30 crafted beers from the core range, Joule’s Pale Ale, Slumbering Monk & Blonde, through to crafted and bottled ciders’.

Leanne Giblin, the new Manger for the Angel commented, “I am thrilled and feel honoured to be part of this fresh concept and venture with the support of Joule’s Brewery.  They have some great ideas and it’s good to have the reassurance that a strong company like Joule’s is supporting this great historic pub.  What Joule’s have created over the past few months is amazing.  I am overwhelmed at how lovely the Joule’s team are and look forward to becoming part of the ‘Joule’s Family’. The Angel will sit at the heart of the community, sponsoring the local charity arts festival and the local cricket club."

In addition to a well stocked and significant sized craft beer offering, The Angel Inn will be working closely with local company ‘Tart Pastries’ and will be offering locally sourced  home cooked bar snacks.  The Angel will also be offering an extensive cheese board served up with breads and pickles, toasted sandwiches, soups and pork pies supplied by well-known Evans Butchers in Lichfield.

More recently known as Samuels, the craft beer bar has been reinstated to its pre 1930’s title ‘The Angel Inn’.  The pub carries a rich heritage and an important survivor of the small parlour pub.  Joule’s have carefully recreated this with cosy snugs and corners parlour pubs were once famous for with interesting memorabilia and inviting real fires.

The pub will be re-open its doors from midday on Thursday 30th October, with the official opening at 6pm. There are a number of special guests coming along, with the first pint being poured by local Chris Cooper, President of Lichfield Cricket Club.

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