Visitor Centre and Brewery Tours
Housed in the original maltings the Brewery Visitor Centre and shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm throughout the year. Don't forget, our new Coffee Shop is now open from 10am to 4pm in the Visitor Centre.
We undertake two Brewery tours every day of the week, excluding Sundays.
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Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approximately 2 hours. The first 1½ hours are spent around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine, learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers.
Once outside the Brewery, don't forget to keep an eye out for our working Shire horses, which still deliver beer to our local pubs. The horses and dray can be seen on the following days.
- Every Thursday (weather permitting), delivering to The Pear Tree, Hook Norton at 12 noon.
- Every Friday (weather permitting), delivering to The Gate Hangs High, Hook Norton at 12 noon.
- First Saturday of each month (weather permitting), from March 2014, horses will leave the Brewery at 11am on a tour of Hook Norton.
In addition, the Steam Engine will run every first Saturday to coincide with the horses, from 11.30am for an hour.
If you are planning a visit to the brewery and would like to see the drays on their regular delivery rounds it is always best to phone ahead and check that the shires will be working on that day. In any event, the tour of the brewery includes a tour of the stables so you won’t miss out on seeing these amazing animals. Upon completion of the tour, it's back to our sampling bar in the Visitor Centre for a ½ hour beer tasting.
It is essential to book a Brewery Tour by contacting us on:
Phone: 01608 730384 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: £11.50 per person
Alternatively you can purchase a brewery tour voucher online.
Please note the following information:
Sensible footwear is highly recommended.
Regrettably, the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre is, however, easily accessible for both.
School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
Evening tours of the Brewery are available throughout the year for groups of 10 or more people. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Please note that for groups of 10 or more people, we do ask for a deposit of £5.00 per person at least one week before the tour. The remainder can be paid upon arrival at the Brewery.
Brewery wins Heritage Lottery fund support
Hook Norton Brewery has received £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Hooked on Tradition: Accessing Hook Norton’s Brewery Heritage. The project focuses on the Brewery site and unites the staff and volunteers in a range of improvements to the site aimed at making the unique heritage of this Victorian tower brewery more accessible.
Work will begin shortly to conserve & repair one of the grade 2 listed chimneys attached to the main brewery building. At the same time a programme of activities and events will be launched to provide new opportunities for volunteering and improve information for people visiting the Brewery and its website. The project will run until November 2014.
The Visitor Centre is also home to the Brewery Shop. Here you will be able to find our beers – in varying sizes from bottle to barrel and, of course, our customers are always welcome to ‘try before you buy’.
We also feature a good selection of Hook Norton Brewery branded goods which make perfect gifts and keepsakes.
The brewer's craft is rooted in antiquity and this is nowhere more true than at Hook Norton. The Brewery Museum houses some of the old equipment that has been used across the years at Hook Norton, alongside many fascinating records and photographs from the era.
The Brewery also hosts the Hook Norton Village Museum. This Museum contains artefacts from Hook Norton and the surrounding area with special focus on the former Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway, part of the Great Western Railway, which had a station at East End in Hook Norton. This was closed in 1951. The museum also covers the history of the several nearby ironstone quarries, evidence of which can still be seen.