There are few better sights than one of Hook Norton’s beautiful shire horses, stamping its feet and snorting on a cold winter’s morning, fully harnessed to pull its loaded dray through local Cotswold villages and country lanes. These wonderful ‘workhorses’ have been an integral part of brewery life since day one and for many, many years, were the reliable backbone of its delivery system. At present the Brewery has four shire horses, Nelson, Major, Winston and Lucas. Our shire horses are looked after by long serving drayman, Roger Hughes and Elizabeth Csak.
The sight of two shire horses leaving the brewery is extremely impressive and is a thrilling part of any visitor’s tour. The horses usually make a local delivery on Thursdays and Fridays (weather permitting) and they will be out around Hook Norton on the first Saturday of every month*. If you are planning a visit to the brewery and would like to see the drays on their delivery rounds it is always best to phone ahead and check that the shires will be working on that day. The tour of the brewery includes a tour of the stables and we aim to have the horses in the stables during your visit but this may not be possible due to operational or weather reasons.
Our Shires on Tour
Our shires do like to get out and about. Here's a list of the events you can find them at over the coming months
May 28th Black Bourton Village Fete
June 10th Kenilworth Show, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
June 16th - 18th Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern
July 1st The Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park
July 7th Stratford-Upon-Avon Beer Festival, Stratford-Upon-Avon Racecourse
July 28th – 30th The Game Fair, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
August 3rd – 6th BBC Countryfile Live, Blenheim Palace
August 12th – South Newington Flower Show
August 18th Summer Festival, The Angel, Burford
September 2nd Moreton Show, Moreton-in-Marsh
September 16th – Wiggington Fete
October 13th Oxford Beer Festival, Oxford
Tel: 01608 737210
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