Hook Norton


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Tour details

Individuals & Groups

Mon-Fri: 9.30am, 11am, 2pm

Sat: 10.30am, 1.30pm
Duration: c. 1 hour, plus tasting. Booking essential. Minimum age: 12. Since this is one of the original tower breweries, the tour includes several flights of stairs

Wheelchair access

The Visitors Centre is accessible for wheelchairs, but unfortunately the brewery building is not.  If other members of party are on a brewery tour there is an interesting DVD of the brewery process that can be watched in the Visitors Centre.


Stocks Hook Norton beers, a wide range of Hooky clothing and merchandise, plus other locally produced items and drinks

Public transport

Train: Banbury, 8 miles
Bus: 488 Banbury to Chipping Norton

Course details

Hook Norton hosts school visits by prior appointment. These visits may or may not include the brewery..

The Beer Academy runs cask ale courses at the brewery. Please check their website for details

Opening times

Visitor Centre

Mon-Sat: 9.30am-4.30pm


Christmas Day, Easter Friday & Monday, Bank Holidays


Tea & coffee is available upon request and for those who arrive early for a tour


  £9.50, includes commemorative Hook Norton glass & membership of Beer Champions club

Get in Touch

Tel: 01608 730384
Email: vc@hook-norton-brewery.co.uk

Twitter: HookyBrewery
Facebook: Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery
Brewery Lane
Hook Norton, Banbury
OX15 5NY
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Step back in time when you reach Hook Norton brewery in rural Oxfordshire. After all, this is widely regarded as the best example of a working Victorian tower brewery, the whole affair is powered by a green giant of a steam engine, and beer is delivered locally by shire horses.

Gather in the warm flagstone-floored Visitor Centre – a converted malting barn – to kick off your visit. Begin with the steam engine before heading to the top: the fourth floor, to see the water that's been drawn up from the same aquifer used by founder John Harris in 1849. Carry on down the brewery, seeing, smelling and tasting the ingredients as they make their journey of transformation. Head out to say hello to the horses, Consul, Major and Nelson – if they are not out on duty – and finish back in the Visitor Centre bar with an informal tutored tasting of the Hooky regulars – plus a clutch of specials. Then decide whether to head upstairs to the museum for a dash of history…


  • Hooky Bitter – Europe's Best English Bitter, 2010 World Beer Awards
  • Double Stout – World's Best Stout, 2010 World Beer Awards
  • Hooky Pint – aka Gill Begnor – fastest woman dressed as a bottle, 2010 London Marathon

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Bottles – they've been on a diet and are lighter
  • Energy conservation – using PDX, a new technology which saves energy by using steam to heat the copper
  • Carbon reduction – undergoing a Carbon Trust Audit & involved in Hook Norton Low Carbon Group

Key events

  • Beer trails – more on demand than annual affairs, Hook Norton has developed half a dozen ale trails calling on some of its pubs across Oxfordshire. see website
  • Food matching – the Visitors Centre run monthly beer with food events. See website for details


Hook Norton supports Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research


  • Beer Champions – membership is generously given to all visitors who attend a brewery tour, a beer with food evening and other beer-led events

Trade bodies

Independent Family Brewers of Britain, SIBA, CAMRA

Enjoy England Visitor Attraction
Visited Spring 2010