England


England is, of course, famous for its Real Ales. These are distinctive and characterful beers, full of flavour and a delight to drink. Real Ale was an endangered style in the 1970's as consolidation of large breweries, who also owned most of the pubs resulted in a beer offering of predominently filtered and pastuerised beers. These beers had little character and were served with the addition of large amounts of carbon dioxide.

Many pubs are still struggling to survive, largely though for reasons unrelated to their own profitability. However, the modern microbrewing revolution has taken hold giving you a wonderfully diverse range of beers to taste.

Fortunately there are still plenty of authentic English pubs in which to try these and the more traditional survivors. To learn more join one of these tours and experience real English pub culture before it is lost forever!

London

Many of the historic names in English brewing, such as Trumans, Whitbread and Barclay Perkins have long since disappeared forever. Laterly even Young's have fled the capital following a merger with Bedford brewer Charles Wells.

One remains (Fullers) combine this with a smattering of new brewers and a huge number of great pubs selling fantastic beers from around the country and you have a beer tour that's hard to beat... more

Norwich

Another European city of manageable dimensions means that it's easy to get around and see the best of of the historic sights and pubs. Highlight of the weekend is the fat cat brewery and its tap.

The pub was the first to win CAMRA's coveted National pub of the year twice and has won the Good Pub Guide's pub of the year prize an incredible four times! Add to all this a good size beer festival that's been held every year since the 1970's... more

York

Renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage and wealth of attractions like and the iconic York Minster, city walls and Viking JORVIK centre. Broaden your mind with a visit to world class museums like the National Railway Museum and Castle Museum.

Will there be time for beer? Of course. There's a lot to cram in, including York's beer festival; the York Brewery; a visit to the famous brewing town of Tadcaster for the Samuel Smiths Brewery (the oldest brewery in Yorkshire); and the rest of yorks classic pubs... more

Hereford, Ludlow & Shrewsbury

Two English border towns with a wealth of history, great pubs, breweries and beer. And as for the Hereford Beer Festival, best get there early before the beer runs out!

In the barrels in Hereford there's one of the best all round pubs you're likely to find anywhere. Shrewsbury is blessed with far more than its share of fabulous pubs serving an incredible range of local beers. And in between the two stands Ludlow for a top brewery tour right by the station... more

Keighley

Based in Keighley (home of Timothy Taylor's Brewery) this is your chance to sample the Taylor's beers; the Worth Valley Beer & Music Festival; steam trains of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and the stunning Yorkshire scenery.

Keighley stands at one end of the line, Oxenhope and a 140 beer festival is at the other. Real Ale will even be available on the steam trains in between... more

Liverpool

Liverpool, historically one of the world's most famous ports, a music mecca and home of two premiership football clubs and two cathedrals; holds its annual Beer Festival at the end of February.

The idea of warm pubs and great ales in the depths of winter is hard to ales in the depths of winter is hard to "beat"! Like London many of Liverpool city pubs have surviving heritage interiors... more

Newton Abbott

Another special for the discerning beer enthusiast. A chance to visit the famous Tuckers Maltings in Devon during their annual beer festival also included are a tour of the maltings and the neighbouring Teignworthy Brewery.

All based in the historic market town of Newton Abbott where after a walking tour of the local sights we will also have a chance to explore some of the towns best pubs... more

Cambridge

The world famous university city in the east of England plays host to one of England's best beer festivals at the end of May each year. This tour combines the festival with a tour of the city's best pubs and a walking tour of the historic city centre including the famous "Backs" and King's College Chapel.

A thriving microbrewing scene has developed locally and we will be tasting a number of these beers... more

Kent

Canterbury will be our base for this tour which includes a walking tour of the historic sights of this old English town. The tour will also visit city pubs featuring local craft beers; the Canterbury beer festival and a trip to the Shepherd Neame brewery (England's oldest) in Faversham.

Faversham is another interesting town to explore with a couple of excellent pubs. For a longer tour this links well with tours to London, Belgium and North West Germany... more

Reedham & Southwold

Every August Reedham hosts a beer festival at the Lord Nelson Pub. There is also a local microbrewery and some wonderful Norfolk scenery. The tour combines this with a visit to Southwold and the Adnams brewery.

Southwold is a coastal resort that time forgot. It seems nothing has changed since the 1950's. A brewery tour, Adnams beers and Fish & Chips will be the highlights of the excursion... more

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