The Countryman public house is a privately owned pub located in the busy coastal village of Ingoldmells. The site where the pub now stands has been around since the 1800’s when it was known as Leila Cottage. This is where the in-house brewery (Leila Cottage Brewery) gets its name. Leila Cottage was home to a smuggler called James Waite. James was caught for smuggling numerous times, and had three boats confiscated and sawn in half. These were placed outside the front of the cottage and could be clearly seen by people passing by on the what is now A52. James’s renown can be judged from the fact that Skegness Coastguards at one time carried in their watch boxes a portrait of the man, captioned ‘James Waite, the notorious smuggler.
Over the years Leila Cottage has been extended and added to, and if you look closely at the picture of the pub you can see the difference in the colour of the roof tiles, from this you can see where the original cottage use to stand and the additions that have been made.
Leila Cottage Brewery
Phone 01754 872268