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Experience a full insight into the brewery's traditional brewing methods & enjoy a visit steeped in local history & heritage!
The award-winning Brewery Tours each last for approximately 2-2.5hrs, and begin with an introduction to the brewery's history & heritage hosted in a modern Visitor Centre with a local tour guide (also known as 'beer experts'!)
After a steep climb, guests are guided through the traditional Victorian Tower Brewery, following the gravitational process down through each of the four floors. In complete contrast the next stop is a 21st Century Copper House to see how technology has developed over time. Next you take a short stroll to our on-site Sign Studio where guests can gaze at the unique hand-painted pub signs; this is where all the 250 signs are still painted in the traditional way. Then you visit the Stables to see the brewery's most famous residents – the working Shire Horses (providing they are not on their annual holiday or at a show!)
Finally, you finish the tour with a tutored real ale sampling session where you will try a selection of our hand crafted beers in 'The Harness Room' Bar. Hot/soft drinks are also available if preferred.
Public payphones are disappearing everywhere in the mobile era, and of the some 47,000 phone kiosks remaining on British streets, fewer than 11,000 are that iconic, classic red phone box.
The two most popular variations of this British classic were designed in the 1920s and 30s by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott—same bloke who did the Bankside power station that now houses the Tate Modern. Its design and domed top were supposedly inspired by Sir John Soane's tomb in the yard at St Pancras Old Church.