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“Even if you are not a beer drinker, still worth a visit”
Review of St Austell Brewery

St Austell Brewery
Ranked #3 of 50 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to the newly refurbished St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre and Hicks Bar. Our Visit England accredited Visitor Centre reveals the secrets behind our award-winning brewing process. Submerge yourself in more than 160 years of brewing excellence and discover the heritage of this proudly independent family brewery. Our Hicks Bar is open 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday serving an all-day menu until 4pm. So, whether you are popping in for a coffee and a cake, a tasty pub meal or just a pint of your favourite beer, we will be happy to satisfy your appetite! And don't forget to pay a visit to the St Austell Brewery shop. With the full range of delicious St Austell bottled and canned beers (including some exclusive beers from our Small Batch Brewery) and branded gifts and clothing plus finest Walter Hicks wines, there's a drink or gift for every occasion. Dogs are welcome in all areas expect the Brewing Experience.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed June 13, 2013

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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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Last week two friends and I, after many visits to Cornwall, finally visited the St Austell Brewery. This was something that we had meant to do for years, but beaches, barbecues, wives and children had managed to thwart every attempt – until now.

Our expectations of the ‘Tour of the Brewery’ were so poorly matched to the reality; We had half expected to be shown a dusty visitors centre, and then be allowed a brief glimpse of the workings of the brewery through small glass portholes, followed by a begrudged half-pint in a dingy bar.

Instead, the visitors centre was worth a visit in its own right, and the tour of the Brewery – well, where to start! I felt so privileged to be able to follow the process from the top of the tower and the mill, past the mashing and fermenting vessels, all the way through to the to the bottling plant. We were all impressed that such a busy operation is able to accommodate such tours, and hope to return on a much more regular basis.

After the tour, we enjoyed the bar so much that we didn’t leave for two hours, and had lunch as well. The food was as spectacular as beer, particularly the ploughman’s lunch with the incredible cheeses. The chef’s enthusiasm as he explained the origins of the ingredients was infectious.

Our guide (Anne), the staff in the kitchen who prepared our lunch and all of the other staff we met made our visit such a pleasure. We very much look forward to our next visit, which will become a regular event from now on whenever we are in the area.

The brewery bar/restaurant is open to the public, so even for somebody with absolutely no interest in beer or brewing, it would be a great place for a quality, good value lunch.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

St Austell Brewery produces some of the finest beers in the UK.The brewery is a fascinating place to visit. We received a warm welcome from the staff on arrival and throughout our visit. We enjoyed an excellent lunch in the bar before our 1 ½ hour tour. Our guide was cheerful and knowledgeable and served us all various beers to taste after the tour. The Brewery is a great place to visit and only a short walk from the railway station if you don’t want to drive

Thank Robertscargill
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

From the moment you arrive the staff are excellent.We had anne as our tour guide her enthusiam and knowledge kept everyone engaged.A meal had been prebooked which was good value and very tasty.Highly recommended.

1  Thank nielsons
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

What a lovely time we had here. We didn't do the tour but we sampled and supped a couple of halves at the bar. Very nice. The menu looked lovely. We were booked in somewhere else for lunch but decided not to have a dessert and went back for a Cornish cream tea. We were so glad we did. It was delicious. The real thing not 3663 on a plate. You can get that anywhere. We bought a few beers and some wine from the shop. The staff are charming and very informative. The chefs were lovely and friendly. You should be proud of yourselves. A lovely visit. Thankyou.

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