Many of you will have met Emma from the Langham Brewery Taproom.
Emma Davies is our lovely Taproom and brewery shop assistant, working part time to spread hop-filled love to all. You’ll also find her at local events which we are involved in. Emma is hugely involved in the local area and lives in Lodsworth village. What a wonderful part of the world to live and work.
Find out more about Emma via our friendly Q&A, then pop by our Brewery Shop and Taproom to say hello.
Q: You’re well known by many people in the local area. Have you lived in Lodsworth all your life?
I have lived in the area for 15 years at Halfway Bridge, Selham and most recently in Lodsworth for 7 years but grew up in East Sussex.
Q: Where can we find you when you’re not in the brewery?
As a result of the pandemic I no longer commute to London daily and work from home. In my spare time I am a keen gardener growing tropical plants and vegetables. I also have a passion for keeping tropical fish and koi carp, and my first word was ‘fish’ (I bet that went down well). I recently got an E-bike and enjoy cycling locally or exploring further afield when on camping trips. When travel opens up, I am looking forward to going abroad again. At the weekend you will find me socialising with friends over a drink and dining out.
Q: We know you organise a local newsletter for the area. How do people sign up for news?
I produce a monthly newsletter which includes local news, events, businesses updates and any other information of interest to the Parish. If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter send me an email at [email protected] and I will add you to the circulation list (oops that’s just given my age away)!
Q: What was your route into brewery work?
I got to know Lesley and James, owners of Langham Brewery about 10 years ago when I owned a pub locally. They very kindly used to lend me racking for our annual beer festival and we had a selection of Langham’s brews over the years. I have been attending their events for many years and occasionally used to help serving with the cheeky Head Brewer
Sal, whose nickname for me is ‘coconut’.
Q: What does a typical pre/during/post brewery day look like for you?
I walk to the brewery and serve pints and pizzas in the Taproom as well as takeaways from the brewery fresh from the cask or keg to our lovely customers. I enjoy chatting with regulars and serving the groups we have coming in for celebrations, family gatherings, work events and those that do not need an excuse! My Thursday shift has been named ‘Thirsty Thursday’ by our regular locals.
Q: Who do you look up to and why? This could be a brewer, a musician, an entrepreneur, your partner…
I am inspired by my Dad, who unfortunately is no longer with us. He had polio at a very young age and as a result was in hospital on an iron lung for a couple of years and paraplegic as a result. He made me appreciate that if you are determined to do something you can. There was nothing that he could not do, he was a true gentleman and a very
Q: Please tell us one thing not many people know about you.
I have had a number of unusual hobbies in the past from being an advanced scuba diver, playing women’s football against Arsenal in the league and having had a pilot’s licence flying a paraglider in and around the South Downs, and oh yes then there was keep Amazonian tree frogs. Quite random I know!
Q: Have you ever tried home brewing?
No, I will definitely leave that to the experts.
Q: Do you have any festive family traditions which you’ll be taking part in this Christmas?
This year while Christmas dinner is cooking I will be opening Langham’s Tap Room from 11.30am to 2.00pm, so do pop in and say hello, enjoy a festive drink or two with nibbles and collect your takeaways.
At home we prepare our vegetables on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning boil gammon in Coca-Cola and put the turkey crown in the oven. After eating it is a tradition to count the cocktail sticks on our plates to see who has eaten the most homemade pigs in blankets. Gosh that sounds like a lot of meat!
Q: Which is your favourite Langham brew and why?
My favourite Langham brew is Lodsteiner Lager, an authentic German Pilsner with an ABV of 4.2%. It is a light, brilliantly clear beer with a long lasting white head and I find it a very refreshing drink.
Q: What’s your favourite snack to enjoy with a pint?
It has to be a homemade authentic Italian Farretti pizza served up in the Tap Room. My favourite’s are the Chorizo and the House Special with meat.
Q: What’s been the most memorable time of your career to date?
I am very fortunate to have worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for almost 30 years, starting in junior positions and working my way up through the ranks. In each role there were highs but pre-lockdown I was very fortunate to be able to travel globally and visit countries I never thought I would travel to. More recently I appreciate working with a fun and friendly team at Langhams.
Describe your life’s journey so far, in 5 words.
Family, Adventure, Live, Love, Laugh.
Why not make a pitstop at our Brewery Taproom as part of your enjoyment of the South Downs National Park?