Hook Norton Brewery - map ref: SP 347334 (O/S Sheet 151)
Oxford or Chipping Norton
the M40 at Junction 11 signposted for Banbury.
Head out of Banbury on the A361 for Chipping Norton.
At Bloxham at a mini roundabout, veer right towards the Esso
Follow this road for 400m or so and take the turning for Hook
Norton, also signposted for Milcombe.
Pass through the village of Milcombe, following the signs for
As you enter Hook Norton, follow the road through the village
and pass the centre - a Mace food stores on RHS and a Hook Norton
pub, The Sun Inn, on LHS and the church on the right.
Continue along this road towards the West end of the village
where you will see a small green and another Hook Norton pub,
The Pear Tree, in front of you.
Take a right turn at this green and on RHS of the pub you will
see a narrow lane called Brewery Lane. The Brewery is at the
end of this lane.
The visitors' car park is on LHS as you arrive at the single
storey building just before the taller Brewery buildings. The
Visitor Centre is in that single storey building. We will meet
A44 to Chipping Norton towards a roundabout where the A3400
meets the A361 (the Banbury road).
Take the A361 towards Banbury (the exit next to the Little
Shortly after you have taken this exit, take the first turning
left, signposted for Hook Norton.
Follow the signs for Hook Norton - you will take one turning
to your right on the way.
As you enter Hook Norton, coming down a hill, just as you
pass the edge of the village (the West end of the village),
take a left hand turn by The Pear Tree pub which faces a small
To the right of the pub (on your LHS) is a narrow lane called
Brewery Lane. The Brewery is at the end of that lane with
the vistors' car park on the LHS.
Note - as
a guide it takes around 25 minutes from Junction 10 on the
M40 to Hook Norton, so do leave sufficient time. The narrow
lanes are not suitable for fast driving and occasionally there
are horseriders about, so do take care!
need any assistance on the day, do call Victor Smith on 07770
The route from
Hook Norton to Silverstone (below) goes via Deddington and Aynho
and Croughton to the A43. The A43 has been upgraded and is now a
first class dual carriageway through to Towcester passing Silverstone.
There is an exit at Silverstone. The tedious jams we used to experience
on the A43 in earlier years have gone. If you need any provisions,
Brackley has shops ranging from food stores to ironmongers, and
has several banks. Brackley is by-passed by the A43, so you will
need to turn off to get there.
coming from London on the M40, an alternative route to Hook
Norton is to leave the M40 at Junction 10 (marked A43 for Northampton
and Silverstone). You travel north east a very short distance on
the A43 and then turn left at a roundabout and then go north west
to Aynho. Turn left, pass under the M40 and head west through Deddington
until you reach the A361 (the Banbury Road). Turn left and after
a mile or so, turn right for Swerford and Hook Norton. It is fair
to say the route is then a maze of narrow lanes but follow the Hook
Norton signs and you arrive in the village. Once in the village
and alongside The Sun Inn and the church, follow the directions
above to the Brewery at the west end of the village.