Hook Norton Brewery News

Whenever we have some news from the brewery or any of our pubs, we’ll be sure to post it here. Look out for lots of stories coming up, reporting on events and anything else we think might be of interest to you!

New recruit to the brewery Shire Horse Team

Hook Norton Brewery, now only one of three breweries to still deliver using traditional shire horse and dray welcomes their latest addition to their Shire horse team. Joining them all the way from Wales, four year old Shire Horse ‘Balmoral’ renamed in tribute to Her Majesty the Queen joins three other Shire horses as colleagues […]

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The Rose & Crown Pub, Oxford has teamed up with local Oxfordshire brewery Hook Norton to brew a unique ale. Debbie & Andrew Hall, and their son Adam brewed the beer to celebrate 40 years of being licensees of the historic and traditional university watering hole on North Parade.  40 Years Bitter is an English […]

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Command & Conquer – A Limited-Edition Premium Ale

We have brewed a unique beer to celebrate the life and legacy of Commander, our much-loved dray horse who sadly passed away recently.  A loyal colleague to many, and a friend to all. The beer was brewed with the help of our Head Coachman, Nick Carter and Groom Alyster. Nick says “Command and Conquer is […]

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Blenheim Palace Launches Signature Beer Made With its own Natural Spring Water

Happy to announce we have helped Blenheim Palace launch its own limited edition signature beer in time for Christmas made with natural spring water from the Oxfordshire estate. ‘Blenheim Palace’ Signature IPA was created using fresh water collected from aquifers beneath the UNESCO World Heritage Site. To celebrate its arrival we arranged for it to […]

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Enjoy a Honkingly good ale

To welcome in the festive season, we now have our Greedy Goose Winter Ale available on the bar and a handy 500ml bottle. A delightfully full flavoured winter ale, rich to the palate and displaying a rounded fruity aroma, with hints of dark fruit. The subtle taste of rich soft fruits are underpinned by slight […]

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Supplying beers and cheers to Banbury United Football Club

The board of Banbury United are delighted to announce that multi award-winning Hook Norton Brewery has partnered with our Community-owned Football Club. Explains Banbury United Commercial Team Liaison Warren Bartlett: “Hook Norton Brewery has teamed up with us not only as our supplier of their world-famous beers, but also in an exclusive deal which sees […]

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Stand down Commander, your work here is done.

We’re beyond heartbroken to announce the sad passing of our Clydesdale, Commander on Saturday night, after a short illness. Commander, joined the brewery in 2019, a larger-than-life horse, with the gentlest of hearts and cheekiest of characters. A friend and colleague with a CV which no horse will ever beat. He was an iconic TV […]

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VisitEngland Gold Award

VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Accolade – Gold Award 2021-22

We are proud to announce we have been awarded the VisitEngland Gold Award VisitEngland’s Accolades are designed to celebrate excellence within the visitor attraction sector and showcase those businesses in our VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme that go the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out. This could be through a warm welcome, an […]

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Hook Norton Brewery's horse drawn dray delivering to The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Ashmolean Ale

The Ashmolean Museum is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with local Oxfordshire brewery, Hook Norton nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, just over 20 miles north of the Museum. One of only 32 family-owned breweries in the UK, with over 170 years of history, and with the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery […]

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Showing Success at Derbyshire Shire Horse Association Show

Hook Norton Brewery, now one of only three breweries in the UK with working, delivering Shire Horses proved triumphant this weekend (7th August) at the Derbyshire and District Shire Horse Association show. The Breweries 3 year old gelding, Brigadier competed in the open gelding class, bringing home a triumphant 1st place. Commander, our resident Clydesdale […]

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Hook Norton Brewery hosts a family reunion with a historical twist

Hook Norton Brewery hosts a family reunion with a historical twist Two family groups gathered at Hook Norton Brewery on Saturday 6th August to celebrate a special link that unites them. Descendants of William Bradford, who designed the Victorian tower brewery in 1900, met descendants of his nephew, William Foster Stovin-Bradford, who took over his […]

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The Crown & Tuns is back! (But not with pies)

Shaking the 17 year legacy of the internationally renowned ‘pie pub’ has had its challenges admits new landlord Gerard Hughes, but he now feels he has the right team to do it with the appointment of new Head Chef, Freddie Dodson, poached (no pun intended) from the Soho Farmhouse. “When the 30 minute interview turned […]

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