We’re always trying to think of fun, stimulating activities and excursions for our residents at Cumnor Hill House, so when a resident makes a suggestion for a trip out of the home, we always try and make it happen. That’s exactly what happened here, when one of our residents asked if we could pay a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery – and we, of course, obliged!

Nestled in a small Oxfordshire village looking out onto the Cotswold Hills, Hook Norton Brewery produces a fantastic selection of award-winning beers and also has a shop, Malthouse Kitchen Café and free museum onsite. The Hook Norton Brewery empire stretches further than this though, as they also have 36 pubs dotted around the area serving their great beers and good food to the region, including The Sun Inn and Pear Tree Inn in Hook Norton village!

The brewery was established in 1849, is one of only 32 family-owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower brewery in the country. The trip to Hook Norton offers much more than beer tasting (although that was no doubt the reason for the initial suggestion…) and our residents enjoyed experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the brewery last week. It’s well worth a visit whether you like beer or not – although it will most definitely enhance the trip if you do enjoy sampling the award-winning ales including Old Hooky, Hooky and Hooky Gold.