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Visitor Centre and 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.

Please Note: Roadworks in Chipping Norton until Monday 7th April 2014:

Roadworks are causing delays, please allow extra time for your journey if coming from the Chipping Norton area. 

Please Note: Changes for w/c 26th May to Sat 31st May

Due to two private functions the Visitor Centre Shop and Tours will be moving for one week - commencing 26th May 2014 up to and including Saturday 31st May 2014. Tours will be available at the following times ONLY, NO EVENING TOURS WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK.

10am & 2pm only on a first come first, served basis.

Tours will meet in our offices (which are opposite the Visitor Centre, this will be signposted) 15 minutes before departure.

Tasting of our ales after the tour will take place at The Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton, situated at the bottom of Brewery Lane where other refreshments and food are available to purchase.

We will also have a smaller version of our shop again situated in our Brewery offices. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, if you do wish to purchase any items which are not on show, please do ask a  member of our staff who will be only too pleased to help you.

THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO OUR MUSEUM & VILLAGE MUSEUM DURING THIS PERIOD

We look forward to welcoming you to Hook Norton Brewery.

Brewery tours

We undertake two Brewery tours every day of the week, excluding Sundays.

Day of the Week Morning Afternoon
Monday 11.00am 2.00pm
Tuesday 11.00am 2.00pm
Wednesday 11.00am 2.00pm
Thurs 11.00am 2.00pm
Friday 11.00am 2.00pm
Saturday 10.30am 1.30pm

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: vc@hooky.co.uk

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: vc@hooky.co.uk 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: vc@hooky.co.uk 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.

Shop

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.

Museum

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.

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