At 166 years old, Arkell’s Brewery is one of just 28 family breweries left in the UK.
The Brewery was established as an offshoot to the family farm when Isambard Kingdom Brunel was building his locomotive and carriage works for the Great Western Railway. Beer from Arkell’s helped quench the thirst of the workers in the hot, humid environment of the railway works. Whilst Swindon’s historic railway works finally closed down in the 1980s, Arkell’s Brewery is still going strong, fulfilling the demands of today’s workers, which include hundreds at Swindon’s Honda factory.
Five members of the Arkell’s family still work at the brewery every day, alongside generations of local families, brewing real ale and looking after the more than 100 pubs the brewery owns across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire.
Arkell’s full-bodied real ales include Wiltshire Gold, Hurricane, 3Bs, Kingstown and Bees Organic Ale. Specials include Noel Ale and Moonlight. Moonlight was brewed in secret in 2004, to commemorate Peter Arkell’s 80th birthday and his missions as an RAF pilot flying low level sorties in 1943 picking up agents in central occupied France during the full moon period, and later in Burma.
Number of Pubs: 103