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“Quick visit without Brewery tour”

Hook Norton Brewery
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Brewery tours run Monday to Sunday, starting from the Visitors Centre, they 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. 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 the phone or email. Cost: £14.50 per person, £12.00 concessions
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Just passing through Hook Norton and thought we would have a quick look around as had read a little bit about the place but hadn't the time for the whole tour on this visit. You can go around museum and gift shop and we also had a quick visit to the stables, we were luck with the timing as a tour was just beginning at the stables and the shire horses we out ready to be tacked up to the brewery carriage . Horses were lovely and livery staff were very interesting and informative All this was free but we will go back to see the whole brewery on a tour which needs pre -booking as it looks a very pleasant historical building .

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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Chris took us on a well-informed tour of the brewery. It was fascinating to see how traditional the process still was. The smells were different in each room. We got to taste malted barley,which was surprisingly tasty. The tour ended with a tasting session of the beers in the cafe. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out. Lots of stairs to climb though,so come prepared!

1  Thank Becca H
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We had prebooked a tour then got stuck on the M40 which was closed very unhelpfully. Rang the visitor centre and absolutely no problem at all, got added to the next tour with no fuss. OK, I'll be honest, i hate beer, but the tour guide, James was engaging with just the right amount of humour to make the tour rush by. Absolutely fascinating to learn the history of the place, the process, gave me a respect for the brew, even though I don't drink it - more of a cider girl! Sadly the horeses were flooded out so we couldn't see them - visiting on a non-production day meant we could see inside some machines & areas which you can't see on a production day, but it would be interesting to go back on a day they're actually making the stuff. My OH enjoyed his generous sampling while I enjoyed a coffee, and later on cake. The inevitable merchandise is quality stuff and the honey we bought was absolutely delicious. We looked round the small museum upstairs and then left, but not before buying a very reasonably priced case of "Old Hooky". Well worth a visit if you're in the area, even if you don't like beer.

2  Thank Jane D
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We took some house guests last week end for the Tour.
We have been before, but in all fairness Malcolm was far more detailed and intereactive,
Our guests really enjoyed the experience, so did the other groups which was surprisingly full of much younger young ladies & gents, even a group from France.

Would recommend warm clothes this time of year, plus flat comfortable shoes to cope with the many sets of stairs and maybe a camera for those unique old pictures!
Definitely worth a visit and appeals to all ages!

already booked our next tour next month for our next group of house guests,
also booked Malcolm, both caring & attentive thanks

1  Thank BellandBatman
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

I never thought I would rave about a brewery visit, but Hook Norton is really unique. Very welcoming staff in a warm cafe/bar/shop reception area give a good first impression. From then it gets better, as you visit the dray horses (only three breweries still have them to deliver); the five storey amazing brew house, where you are told how large parts of the brewing process are unchanged, in a 100+ year history.
Tasting afterwards in the warmth and company of guide (we had James) and fellow visitors, 8 in total.
It's a historical visit as much as a brewing one, and I recommend it to anyone, any age.
Beautiful countryside surrounds the idyllic village of Hook Norton.

5  Thank AndyLFC_9
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