The world of hook norton brewery

The world of hook norton brewery


Today about 50 people are employed by the brewery, many of whom live in Hook Norton. Some of these are the second and third generations of their families to work here, a clear demonstration of the brewery’s commitment to family values and to supporting the local community. Here are just some of the faces you might recognise on a trip around our brewery.

  • James Clarke's portfolio photography

    James Clarke

    Managing Director

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    James Clarke was born in 1971, and from a very early age was enjoying the magical sights and smells of the Brewery. Fifth generation of the founder, James joined the Company in 1991 as Second Brewer. He progressed to Head Brewer in 1999, and Managing Director in 2004. Now Managing Director James is a mature athlete, interested in country sports, and was also a retained firefighter for 14 years, 8 of which were as Officer in Charge of Hook Norton Fire Station. James is married with four sons. A slightly shy and retiring character, James is a real gentleman, an avid beer lover and advocate, and is totally committed to the continued success of the family business founded by his Great Great Grandfather back in 1849.

  • Jonathan Paveley's portfolio photography

    Jonathan Paveley


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    Jonathan, joined the board of Hook Norton as Chairman in 2009 having previously held board roles at Punch Taverns, Matthew Clark and Greene King. Prior to that he was a merchant banker and also holds an MBA and PhD. In addition to his role at Hook Norton, he is the chairman of Admiral Taverns and is a trustee of the gambling charity the Responsible Gambling Trust.

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    Bruce Benyon

    Operations Manager

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    Bruce joined Grand Metropolitan in 1985 as a Graduate Trainee and then became Area Manager for Clifton Inns. He left Clifton Inns in 1991 to join the newly created Pub Partnerships Division of Whitbread where he worked for 9 years during the development of the Pub Lease model. When Whitbread sold their pub business to Laurel in 1999 he transferred with the sale remaining in charge of the key Central London area and when Laurel sold to Enterprise in 2001, Bruce again transferred, working with Enterprise until July 2011. He joined Hook Norton in 2011 as Operations manager looking after the pub estate of the brewery. Outside work, Bruce relaxes (?) by being a rugby referee in the winter (he says it’s the only time he gets called Sir) and captaining his village cricket team in the summer.