Around the UK in 5 best breweries

Date Posted: 23/10/2014

Join Britain’s beer revolution with a little guidance from CAMRA…

The British love a brew. Increasingly, though, they’re favouring the sort that’s served in a pint rather than a pot.

It’s one of the reasons why the Campaign For Real Ale, CAMRA, is publishing a new book.

Co-authored by award-winning beer writers Roger Protz and Adrian Tierney-Jones, Britain’s Beer Revolution unveils the most influential breweries, places and people in the nation’s flourishing beer scene.

Breweries from Greenwich to Orkney are featured in the guide, which can be bought from CAMRA’s website. Below is a list of the ones that are best for groups…

The Meantime Brewery, Greenwich

This brewery is barely a teenager, but already it stands out from the crowd of 1,147 other breweries in Britain. Their portfolio of beers ranges from raspberry wheat beer to good old London stout.

Meantime run bespoke brewery tours for groups of 15 or more, which are followed up by a tutored tasting session. These cost £25 per person.

To find out more call 020-3384 0582 or visit to book.

The Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire

The beer at Black Sheep Brewery is award-winning. Its trophy cabinet has been filling up ever since it opened in 1992.

The brewery’s dedicated visitors’ centre features a shop, event venue and a bar and bistro. Their trademark ‘shepherded’ brewery tours can be arranged for private groups, as can evening tours of the brewery, which end with a pint and a hot supper.

To book call 01765-680 101 or visit

Batemans Brewery, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire

Batemans is a veteran of the brewery scene. It’s been producing beer since 1874 and pubs all over the country sell their brews.

The visitors’ centre was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence this year. It includes some living history-style rooms as well as a beer garden and bistro.

Groups of 12 to 30 people can take advantage of the evening tours, which include pint samples and a brewery supper.

For more information call 01754-882 009 or visit

Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham

There’s one thing that makes brewery tours at Castle Rock different from the rest, and that’s the fact that they are carried out by Nottingham’s official Robin Hood.

Tours for ten people or more can be organised and these include a sample of three beers and a chance to pull your own pint behind the bar.

To book call 0115-985 1615 or visit the website

Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham, Kent

Shepherd Neame lays claim to the title of Britain’s oldest brewery and it’s said to be a favourite of the Queen and Prince Charles.

Group brewery tours can be arranged for between 16 and 60 people and they can be followed up by everything from a tutored tasting to a lunch

To book call 01795-542 016 or visit

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