Hook Norton Brewery - map ref: SP 347334 (O/S Sheet 151)
the M40|| ||From
Oxford or Chipping Norton|
the M40 at Junction 11 signposted for Banbury.|
Head out of Banbury on the
A361 for Chipping Norton - see the map below. At Bloxham at a mini roundabout,
veer right towards the Esso petrol station. 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 Hook Norton.
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 the left and the church on
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 Inn, in
front of you.
Take a right turn at this green and on righthand side 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 left as you arrive at the single
storey building just before the taller Brewery buildings. The Visitor Centre is
in that single storey building.
Follow the 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 Chef).
after you have taken this exit, take the first turning left, signposted for Hook
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 Inn, a very welcoming pub which faces a small green.
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.
- 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!
you need any assistance on the day, do call Victor Smith on 07770 822977
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 by-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.
members 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 (see map at the head of this webpage)
but follow the Hook Norton signs and you will arrive in the village. Once in the
village and alongside The Sun Inn and the church, follow the directions above
to the Pear Tree Inn at the west end of the village. The pub is at the entrance
to Brewery Lane which - yes - leads to the Hook Norton Brewery! There is a car
park, visitor centre and shop at the Brewery.