Arkell's showcases at Royal British Legion Centenary Cookbook launch

By Jessica Durston - 21 October 2021

Food & Drink
  • Alex and George Arkell at the RBL Cookbook launch

    Alex and George Arkell at the RBL Cookbook launch

The brewery is an official sponsor of Cooking With Heroes: The Royal British Legion Centenary Cookbook.

The cookbook was launched recently at Claridge’s, London. 

To celebrate the centenary of The Royal British Legion, celebrity chefs have teamed up with acting or former members of the military to create the unique cookbook.

Written by serving military personnel and veterans, and supported in its creation by organisations like Arkell’s, this  hardback book is said to be a unique way of highlighting the contribution made by the Royal British Legion and by the British Armed Forces over the years.

It marks the centenary by celebrating 100 regions around the world in which the RBL has operated.  Each region is represented by an authentic recipe particular to that part of the world, as well as a profile of a regional hero whose valour, conduct and commitment deserves to be remembered.

Established in 1921, the RBL is the UK’s largest Armed Forces charity. Best known for organising the annual Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day services, the RBL works to support current and ex-service personnel as well as their families.

With a list of family military connections that can be dated back all the way from current Chairman, James Arkell’s great-great-great grandfather who joined the Second Wiltshire Rifle Corps in 1888, to his son John, who served in Afghanistan, the brewery’s editorial contribution in the cookbook highlights the strong connection to the military that the Arkell family has had for 150 years. 

James Arkell said: “We have beer and military service running through the family veins and the brewery are delighted to support this commemorative fund-raising cookbook.”

At the launch, the brewery showcased its latest seasonal beer ‘Contemptibles’ - a mild ale for Autumn, brewed using chocolate malt for the dark colour, which also adds warm roasted and sweet tones, with a light hop aroma to compliment. Featuring on the pump clip design are Noel Arkell’s sons, James and Peter, who fought in World War II. This brew honours the Armed forces.

The book is available online at: or from Arkell’s Grape & Grain Wine & Brewery Warehouse.

Contemptibles is available in participating Arkell’s pubs. 

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