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Bespoke Brews from the heart of the South

Bespoke Brews from the heart of the South

A 5 day Hunts tour to the Breweries in the Heart of the South

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Combining the old and the new; the exotic and the home-grown, begin with an introductory stop at the contemporary Bombay Sapphire gin distillery and end off with a hoppy journey through the truly unique Hop Kettle Brewery, where bespoke blending takes on a whole new meaning.


We travel South to Newbury, your driver will allow comfort stops on the way and arrive with plenty of time to settle in before your evening meal.


Today, lose yourself in an innovative brewing experience of sight, touch, taste, scent - all beginning with a specially brewed arrival pint to take along with you. Heralded as one of Europe's rare bespoke brewer all from a finely preserved old Saxon town, the Hop Kettle Brewery is perfectly ensconced in an award winning quaint, cream-painted, pub with a 17th-century façade. Beneath the exposed beams, the décor is 'rural English', with hunting trophies mounted on the exposed stone walls and rustic paraphernalia on display. This will include a one hour tour, a complimentary beer tasting session and a small lunch consisting of home smokes pulled pork rolls (vegetarian options are also available).


After breakfast Shrewsbury is our destination, Shrewsbury is full of higgledy-piggledy streets with names you want to say out loud. A river that scoops up the town in a loop. A mix of the very old and the very new. The quirky and the one-off. Don't miss the statue of Charles Darwin outside the library. Darwin was born in the town and went to Shrewsbury School which was then housed in the library buildings and follow a Darwin Trail around town. Look out for the Quantum Leap sculpture on the riverbank opposite the Theatre which was created to mark Darwin's 200th birthday. Founded in 1083, the Shrewsbury Abbey was once centre of Norman and Medieval power in the region as well as the centre of a daily prayer, study and work for a community of monks. It's still a place of worship today and well worth a visit.


This morning travel from your local area and discover what makes Bombay Sapphire the world's number one premium gin on your own terms and in your own time. Uncover the unique Vapour Infusion distillation process as you are hosted through the Dakin still house. Chart hundreds of years of Laverstoke Mill's illustrious history producing bank note paper for the Bank of England and British Empire married with the unique heritage of gin and Bombay Sapphire. All great discoveries should end with a reward. Your experience culminates in the Mill Bar with a complimentary drink "on the house" alongside the beautiful River Test. (please note passengers with open toed shoes or high heels will not be admitted to the still house)


We depart the hotel for our return journey to Lincolnshire, with comfort stops on the way.

Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel**** An exceptional 4-star country retreat, Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel is a splendid Georgian Manor house overlooking the Kennet Valley and has many period features. Complimentary high speed WiFi is available in the 73 guest rooms and throughout the hotel. The Orangery Restaurant focuses on home-made Great British favourites, using locally sourced ingredients.

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