Donnington Brewery

Thomas Arkell bought a 13th-century watermill in idyllic countryside in 1827 and Richard Arkell began brewing on the site in 1865.

Today, the mill wheel is still used to drive pumps and machinery to brew our beer the same way 150 years on.

You can enjoy our beer, food, accommodation and Cotswold hospitality at any of our 17 tied houses and a number of free trade outlets.

Our Beers

Donnington still produces its beers by much the same recipe that has always been used. Spring water (or in brewing terms 'liquor') is drawn from the spring beside the mill pond and used as the main ingredient along with barley, malt and hops.

Until the mid 1960s, the barley was grown on the local estate but today it's brought as malt from Norfolk. The hops are from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The original mill is still used in the brewing process and the mill wheel drives some of the machinery used by the brewery.

Our beers are available in all our 17 tied pubs plus selected outlets.

Our Pubs

Donnington Brewery has 17 beautiful Cotswold pubs and also supplies a number of free houses close by. A Donnington Brewery pub is easily identified by the distinctive black and white signs outside, introduced by Claude Arkell, and the tradition is continued by James.

For more information about our brewery and our pubs, please visit www.donnington-brewery.com or call us on 01451 830603

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