St Austell Brewery
St Austell Brewery
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Welcome to the newly refurbished St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre and Hicks Bar. Our Visit England accredited Visitor Centre reveals the secrets behind our award-winning brewing process. Submerge yourself in more than 160 years of brewing excellence and discover the heritage of this proudly independent family brewery. Our Hicks Bar is open 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday serving an all-day menu until 4pm. So, whether you are popping in for a coffee and a cake, a tasty pub meal or just a pint of your favourite beer, we will be happy to satisfy your appetite! And don't forget to pay a visit to the St Austell Brewery shop. With the full range of delicious St Austell bottled and canned beers (including some exclusive beers from our Small Batch Brewery) and branded gifts and clothing plus finest Walter Hicks wines, there's a drink or gift for every occasion. Dogs are welcome in all areas expect the Brewing Experience.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Melony S
    Cornwall, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Great Experience
    Our guide Ollie was friendly, professional and made this a very pleasurable experience for all of us. The tour was really interesting and much better than I had expected. We decided to stay for lunch and all of the staff were helpful and the food was delicious. I’d highly recommend a visit you will not be disappointed.
    Melonys335, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you, and have a fantastic day!
    Written 15 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Emma M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Quaint little find on a whim!
    We came here on a whim whilst visiting St Austell and what a quaint little find!! We were too late for either of the tours (these are only at 11 and 2) but we enjoyed looking around the shop and you can go into the timeline room where you can see the history of the brewery. The Hicks pub was lovely too! Food looked amazing but they stop serving at 4pm so we just missed it. We would like to come back and do the tour at some point, but still a 4* visit even though it was fleeting!
    Hi Emmalauramartin, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review for your recent visit to St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. We always strive to deliver a great experience for our guests and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 22 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • C4340ABdavidb
    5 contributions
    The best place in St Austell.
    This is the best thing in St Austell. Did the tour of the brewery very informative both in history & making of beers. The had lunch in the brewery’s own bar, brilliant atmosphere, good beer & very tasty food. Got chatting to two of the chaps working in the brewery what nice guys told us about some of the best places to eat & visit. Will go back there when ever we’re down this way. Well worth the climb up the hill from town.
    Thank you for leaving St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre a review! We hope you had a great visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 29 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Allison W
    1 contribution
    Great tour
    Had a great couple of hours on the brewery tour. Dave our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable-as was the guy in the shop/reception area.Interesting to hear the history and see the process of beer making. The tasting afterwards was great - we tried about 8 different beers.We also got to take away a free bottle each- hubby was very happy.
    Allison W, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon.
    Written 26 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Sara Dillon
    Crowthorne, United Kingdom44 contributions
    Good experience
    We stopped for lunch in Hicks Bar as we wanted to look around the brewery shop. Glad we did! The food and service were both excellent. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Even down to telling us their shirt size, so we could buy the right one in the shop. If we could’ve gone on a brewery tour we would have done as this looked good too. Highly recommend a stop here when in the area.
    Thank you for leaving St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre a review! We hope you had a great visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 28 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Stevos747
    Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom315 contributions
    Busman’s Holidsy
    Visited during a break to Cornwall . I’m a Tour Guide for a Norfolk Brewery so found the tour of particular interest . The tour was excellent as was our tour guide . A lot of effort has gone in to the experience. The tasting session was particularly good .
    Thank you for leaving St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre a review! We hope you had a great visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 15 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Steph J
    1 contribution
    Brillant Tour
    Booked a tour for my partners birthday whilst on a trip to Cornwall. Staff were lovely, and recommended that if we wanted food after our tour to pre-book as the kicthen closed as the tour was finishing. The food was lovely and the serivce was execllent. Our tour guide Dave was brilliant and as someone who isn't into beer he made it informative but very interesting! Would definitely recommend to anyone who finds themselves in St Austell!
    Thank you for leaving St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre a review! We hope you had a great visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 15 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Molly B
    3 contributions
    Would recommend!
    Brilliant tour with the tour guide Dave. We went on a Saturday when the production was not active but it was still so interesting and we tried so many delicious beers including a Wimbledon strawberries and cream themed beer and some very strong wheat beers along with some of the classics. We were able to pour our own drink of their best seller, tribute.
    Mollyb9827, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 15 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Loz97
    Chester, United Kingdom262 contributions
    Great Tour
    Really great tour with Dave, informative and witty. Just the right length of tour prior to the tasting of a very diverse range of beers. Really friendly staff in the bar afterwards, very knowledgeable about the product. Good job it closes at 5.00 pm or we would have been there all night! Fully recommended.
    Hi Loz97, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review for your recent visit to St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. We always strive to deliver a great experience for our guests and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
    Written 21 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Julia H
    Somerset, United Kingdom7 contributions
    Tour and meal recommendation
    I purchased two tickets for my husband's birthday to take a friend on a tour of the brewery. They had the BEST time and were buzzing when we met up with them after their tour. They couldn't stop relaying the facts learned and sharing the fun they had in the group they were linked with on their tour. We met them in the bar after the tour and had a fab meal to crown it all off perfectly. The meal was extremely reasonably priced and delicious. We would definitely recommend the tour and a visit to the bar to anyone visiting the St Austell area. The staff could not have been friendlier.
    Travel703566, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you, and have a fantastic day!
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
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fudfamily
45 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
The brewer is a lovely place to visit. The Hicks bar is fantastic serving great beer and lovely food. The shop is also good stocking all the beers plus wine and Spirts.
Lots of merchandise available.
I was really disappointed that no Hicks merchandise was available. Hicks being one of the best ales that they produce yet no merchandise to promote thus excellent product.

Come on St Austell brewery please get some Hicks merchandise for us drinkers that love Hicks Ale.
Written 10 February 2024
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Martin-JD-Smith
Spalding, UK10 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
A wonderful local family run brewery, with the best beer in the country HSD Hicks!

The visitor centre is a great experience and has plenty of options of merchandise to buy.

My request is for some HSD merchandise in honour of the founder Walter Hicks!

The brewery tour is a great experience having done it more than once and you always get an experienced guide and to sample all manner of different beers.

Written 10 February 2024
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boston169
York, UK4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Had a fantastic visit and brewery tour. Barry was amazing, we enjoyed his knowledge and humour. My husband especially enjoyed the beer tasting.
We had coffee, lunch, which was really good and spent well in the shop.
Written 3 February 2024
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Boston169, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
Written 7 February 2024
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janehutch19
United Kingdom16 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a brilliant tour. Dave was so knowledgeable about the brewery and how to make beer I feel we could have a go, But if I did there is no way it would taste as delicious as the real thing.
It was ace to taste the different beers they have on offer in the bar or the shop.
Written 30 January 2024
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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review Janehutch19. We look forward to welcoming you back to St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre again soon. Thank you again for leaving us this response!
Written 4 February 2024
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petesandrasE3992XP
Chacewater, UK27 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The wife and I booked the brewery tour last Saturday afternoon. We would highly recommend it. Barry our tour guide was so informative, friendly and helpful. It was great to try all the different ales at the end of the tour. Thank you once again St Austell Brewery and especially Barry for such enjoyable afternoon.
Written 29 January 2024
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Petesandrase3992xp, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day!
Written 4 February 2024
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Julia B
North Newton, UK39 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Had a meal prior to the brewery tour, food was very good, staff really friendly and helpful. Tour was interesting and fun and sampled 8 beers, very good value for money would recommend.
Written 28 January 2024
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Q6554rrjuliab, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you, and have a fantastic day!
Written 4 February 2024
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Olympus_M1_User
Gorran Haven, UK14 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
A very informative and interesting tour. Our guide Dave was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of brewing. He made the tour come alive and answered our questions in a manner that was easy to understand. The explanations of the different methods and ingredients came alive in the tasting session at the end.
Written 22 January 2024
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Olympus_m1_user, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you, and have a fantastic day!
Written 24 January 2024
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Julie W
St Austell, UK30 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a great tour of the brewery. Very informative and full of fun. Dave was a good guide. Had lunch in the bar after. Food was fantastic. Not sure the bar staff are happy in their roles though.
Written 15 January 2024
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Julie W, thank you so much for the positive review! Sorry you felt that the bar staff were not happy in their roles. I will ask the team that day please can I ask for some more details if you be so kind to email hicksbar@staustellbrewery.co.uk Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything additional we can do for you.
Written 19 January 2024
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Alison O
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Friends
Very good tour with knowledgeable tour guide Dave! Very interesting, guide filled us in on all sorts of interesting facts. You no longer go round the old factory but I presume that is a health and safety thing, it was into it a bit dodgy but saw loads. Loved the beer tasting as did our Canadian visitors.
Written 7 January 2024
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Hi Alison O many thanks for your review, it’s greatly appreciated. We work hard to maintain a high level of food and service and strive to make sure our guests are looked after and leave happy. Look forward to seeing you at St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre again soon. Thank you, and have a fantastic day!
Written 8 January 2024
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Katie M
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
Came here on our trip to Cornwall to celebrate mum’s 50th - we’d never been round here before but were extremely impressed with this place! The brewery tour was great which is a real credit to the people that take you round - Dave was extremely knowledgable and friendly!
Followed up by one of the nicest pub lunches I’ve had in a long time!
If we ever head back down this way we’ll definitely be returning!
Written 5 January 2024
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Katie M, thank you for your review of St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre. All feedback is greatly appreciated, and we love to hear that guests have enjoyed their visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre General Manager
Written 6 January 2024
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