I THOUGHT it was time to change up from the grape to the grain this week, and how better than to sample a local ale from Unsworth's Yard Brewery of Cartmel.

This microbrewery opened in 2011 and now produces four ales on draft at the local Cartmel watering holes or in bottles from the brewery itself.

My featured choice is a crisp and refreshing golden ale dedicated to Sir William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, Flower of Chivalry, and deemed ‘the greatest knight who ever lived’ by Stephen Langton (Archbishop of Canterbury). He witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta and was founder of the historic Cartmel Priory.

This historically named ale features light fruit flavours and a long citrus finish. Ideal with white meat, seafood and salads. We drank this alongside tandori chicken, the delicate flavours and the subtle citrus notes complimenting the spiced chicken perfectly.

The Sir William Marshal's Crusader Gold is available from Unsworth's Yard at £3 a bottle.

Faye Ramsey is a wine connoisseur and owner of the Porto Restaurant in Bowness