I have visited several breweries, so as we were in Cornwall it was natural to visit the St Austell brewery, as it is THE brewery in Cornwall. Booking the tour was very easy by telephone and the cost was very cheap for the tour and some free samples of their beer. We were pre-warned that the tour did take in several tight stairs and narrow walkways, but that was not a problem for us – but anyone with mobility issues may struggle on parts of the tour (after all it is a working brewery and not a showpiece). It was an enjoyable and informative tour (lasting about an hour) with us lunching in their restaurant afterwards. Samples and free beer downed, we had lunch from a standard pub menu – good food, well priced and enjoyable. If you are interesting in beer, this really is a place to visit and even if you are mildly interested it is still worth spending a couple of hours at the St Austell brewery. I would recommend that you book a tour place in advance, as we understand that in the summer months the tours get booked up fairly quickly by visitors.
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