Cirencester Ramblers

20th October Hook Norton Brewery

On Friday 20th October, 19 members and guests enjoyed a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery.  Most took part in a morning 5 mile walk followed by lunch in the cafĂ© at the brewery.  The group was then conducted around the 19th century brewery, which makes the hand crafted beers in a Grade 2 listed building using equipment some of which dates back to the 19th century.  Starting in the stables we were able to get up close to the beautiful shire horses, which still deliver beer to the local pubs.  Then we were taken up and down the steep stairs to see all the different processes and equipment; and tasting some of the malted barley and other grains used in the process.  The tour ended with an opportunity to sample the different types of beer produced. Many thanks go to Kathryn & Steve for organising a very enjoyable day out.



John and Alan enjoy the cheese platter but Sally and Eve go for a liquid lunch. 


We get up close and personal with the shire horses.

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A 19th century steam engine still used to drive the machinery.

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Our guide explains how the brewing process is arranged within the bulding

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The grist is sifted and sorted as it passed through this piece of original machinery.

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The end product ready for distribution.

Next Village Visit

Our next lunch will be at mid day on Wednesday 28th February at The Plough Inn, Stratton, Cirencester.

Getting there could be part of a walk based on Cirencester Rambler's Walks Round Cirencester number two. This follows a route from Cirencester's Market place to Stratton and on to Baunton before returning to Cirencester. (The leaflet for this walk costs 20p and is available from the Tourist Information Office or from the Cirencester Town Council Information point)

As usual all members and their friends are welcome to join us

For further details contact, Bill Irving, tel 01285 650012

Our Forthcoming Events

Away Weekend 2018 at Ilfracombe

Friday April 13th to April 15th (2 nights) with option of an extra night before and/or after. Click here for full details

Mid week Break 2018 at Torquay

Monday 8th October 2018. Click here for full details