Breweries, Hops and Cider-makers
If real ale is your tipple then head over to the Old Dairy Brewery nestled deep in the heart of the 'Garden of England' just moments from the High Street in the picturesque market town of Tenterden. Book a tour and treat yourself to one or two of their speciality beers from the shop. Their beer garden is situated right outside the brewery, where you can sit back and relax with a fresh pint and admire the beautiful scenery.
Set right in the heart of Ashford you have the Curious Brewery, a modern, contemporary state-of-the-art brewery. Their Beers and Ciders are available in the Tap Room & Restaurant at the Brewery so why not take a tour, enjoy a tasting and then stay for lunch or dinner.
A perfect day out for hop and beer enthusiasts, would be a trip to Hukins Hops, this experience gives you behind the scenes access to a state of the art Kent Hop Farm followed by a craft beer tasting. Learn the true links between beer flavours and hop aromas. Take a stroll with experts through the hop gardens before a guided tour of their modern hop picking and processing facility.
An abundance of orchards offer visitors a remarkable choice of top-class ciders. The Nightingale Cider Co - cider, perry and fruit juices are made from local fruit varieties, grown and hand-picked on the Nightingale family farm in the Weald of Kent. They use traditional wild fermentation techniques, and all their cider and perry is made from fresh apple or pear juice: no concentrates.
Crafted using the Barnes’ family recipe, which has been perfected over the last 40 years, all Biddenden ciders are made from the juice of carefully selected culinary and dessert apples. They work closely with local farmers to ensure all their apples are sourced right from the Garden of England, making the cider truly Kentish.