27th Oct, 2016

Croome creates cake to crave

Rob George 29th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

LOCAL beer and honey have been brought together by staff at a National Trust property to create some unusual cake recipes.

Visitors to Croome Court, near Pershore, can enjoy the tasty treats after the historic venue’s chef joined forces with a family run micro brewery in Worcester.

Pope’s Brewing Company, based in the city, has been working with chef Keith Turrell to produce a special ‘Honey and Beer Cake’.

“We took the plunge and started our brewing company in 2012 after seeing a gap in the market for a local brewery in the Worcester area” said Graham Pope, joint owner of Pope’s Brewing Company. “It’s great to see that the National Trust are so positive about supporting us and other local businesses and it’s brilliant news that our beer is being used in one of their delicious cake recipes,” he added.

Pope’s Brewing Company is run by family members Wendy, Graham and Alex who started out as keen home brewers.

Their first beers, Worcester Gold and Hop Market, proved popular and they now boast a range of five core real ales alongside monthly and seasonal specials.

The brewery is even open every Friday night for members of the public to pop in for a beer and learn more about how the beer is made at their premises near Blackpole.

“It was great to work with such an enthusiastic company with fresh new ideas” said Keith.

“We spent a day here in Croome’s kitchens, putting our heads together and trying out different variations of recipes.

“We’ve created several new recipes and Croome’s Honey and Beer Cake was the first taste tested by our visitors and was really successful.

“We’ve had some great feedback. Next is a recipe using dark ale.”

The recipe also uses honey produced from the bee hives which are kept at Croome and looked after by local bee-keeper, Keren Green.

Thirteen hives are based in the grounds at Croome and this delicious honey is available to buy in Croome’s shop where beeswax based hand cream and lip balms are also on sale.

Croome’s Honey and Beer Cake is available for visitors to enjoy in their 1940s style canteen with a selection of their beers and honey based products for visitors to buy.

Call 01905 371006, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome or follow Croome on Twitter @NTCroome for more information.

You can make your own Croome’s Honey and Beer Cake:

You will need:

2×9” circle cake tins which makes 12 portions


100g butter

100g soft brown sugar

200g caster sugar

3 eggs

100g Croome honey

½ lemon, juice and zest

250ml Hive honey beer from Pope Brewing Company

470g self-rising flour

1.5g ground mixed spice

1.5g ground nutmeg

For the butter icing:

100g butter

200g icing sugar

15ml honey beer


1. Cream fat and sugar until fluffy

2. Beat in eggs and then honey

3. Fold in everything else until just mixed together

4. For the icing, mix butter and sugar until combined, stir in beer

5. Transfer to cake tins and bake in a pre-heated over for 25mins at 160-170c

6. Sandwich cooled cakes with butter icing and finish with a dusting of icing sugar