Christian Townsley

Christian Townsley and co-director John Gyngell have run the reputable North Bar Ltd group for 21 years. They developed a keen interest into speciality beer long before the term ‘craft beer’ was coined. They are renowned for their alternative approach to bars, offering global craft beers, local breweries, interesting wines and spirits and top quality food complemented by eclectic music and art; all backed up by excellent service from friendly and knowledgeable staff. Over 20 years, owners John Gyngell & Christian Townsley have increased the North Bar group to a total of 7 venues employing over 70 people.

Often referred to as “the first craft beer bar in Britain”, North Bar is credited with influencing a new wave of craft beer bars and breweries around the country, with many citing North Bar as one of the original driving forces behind the craft beer revolution in the UK.

Along with co-director Steven Ballard and Head Brewer Seb Brink the team turned their 10-year dream of making their own beer into a reality by opening North Brewing Co in 2015, a 15bbl brewery, featuring a 200-person capacity tap room, just half a mile from the original flagship North Bar in Leeds.

The brewery and bars have had a phenomenal two years of national recognition for their achievements including;

• Flagship IPA Transmission voted Best UK IPA in 2017’ in the Imbibe ‘IPA Challenge’ and in 2018 won both ‘Champion Keg Premium Strong Beers’ and ‘Overall Champion’ in the SIBA Beer X Awards.
• North Brewing Co & North Bar Ltd named ‘Best Brewery Pub Company’ in The Publican Awards two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018.
• High commended for Best Brand & Design – The Beer & Cider Marketing Awards 2017
• 2017 & 2018 Christian & John made the Northern Restaurant & Bar ‘Top 50 Powerlist’
Brewing capacity has already doubled once and is set to do so again in October 2018, adding several brewing vessels and enabling the brewery to meet current demand, with their beers are now widely available throughout the UK as well as being exported to over 15 countries worldwide.
Driven by passion for great beer, this Brewery comes with an unparalleled wealth of experience, knowledge and existing industry relationships, both in the UK and abroad.