St Austell Brewery Co Ltd

St Austell Brewery has been brewing in Cornwall since 1851 and runs an award-winning estate of over 170 of the most popular pubs in the South West. Its beers are also multiple award winners while its iconic pubs and hotels in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset are renowned for excellent beers, locally sourced pub food and a warm welcome.

Independent and family owned, St Austell Brewery is one of the largest private employers in Cornwall with a workforce of more than 1,500 people. St Austell Brewery is also the South West’s largest wholesaler of wines, spirits, minerals, lagers and beers, serving over 5000 pubs, hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants in the South West of England. In 2016 St Austell Brewery purchased fellow west country brewer and pub company Bath Ales, growing the company’s presence in the Bristol and Bath region.

With a large number of award wins under its belt, St Austell Brewery has won Regional Brewery of the Year 2012, 2013 and 2014 at The Publicans’ Supplier Awards while St Austell’s leading beer brand, Tribute Pale Ale was voted the UK’s favourite Regional Cask Ale. In 2016, the Brewery was crowned Manufacturer of the Year at the Made in the UK Awards and won Business of the Year at the Western Morning News awards. In 2017, St Austell Brewery was named South West Business of the Year at the Pricewaterhouse Cooper awards.

St Austell Brewery’s three main beer brands are: Tribute, Proper Job and Korev. Amongst a wealth of awards for its beers across the years, recent highlights include Big Job voted Best Bottled Beer of the Year in 2017 by CAMRA. This year, both Proper Job and Korev won Gold at the British Bottlers’ Institute Awards, with Tribute winning a Diploma. Korev also gained Gold at the Bartender’s Brand Awards. As well as being served in pubs across the country, its beers are also available in supermarkets nationwide and online at The company also exports to more than 28 countries around the world.

Founded in 1851, the company is a recognised centre of excellence for training, accredited by the British Institute of Inn keeping (BII), offering a wide range of courses to people who work in the licensed trade. The quality of the training offered was recognised nationally at the NITA training awards, where St Austell Brewery achieved Best Training Program and Best Apprenticeship Training.

St Austell Brewery has a pro-active environmental policy and is committed to reducing the company’s carbon footprint by 30%. Green Champions focus on environmental issues in our pubs at grass roots level, while our Environmental Steering Committee ensures that sustainability is embedded in everything we do. In 2017, we signed a wide-ranging agreement with three family-run waste management businesses across the South West, all of whom share our commitment to 0% to landfill. In 2018 the company was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for its work in sustainable development across the business.

The Company is an active member of the community and sponsors many local sports in the South West, particularly rugby, cricket and the Cornish Pilot Gig rowing as well as being a member of the Pub is the Hub and an active supporter of the Long Live the Local campaign. St Austell Brewery also operates the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust which has donated over £750,000 to local good causes since it was founded in 2003.

The company committed to investing in a new south west brewery at Bath Ales in early 2017, which opened its doors in May of this year. Fronted by flagship ale Gem and Sulis, the ultimate English lager, the four-vessel brew house (Hare Brewery) has the capacity to produce more than 50,000 brewers’ barrels of beer –over 14.5 million pints. With 12 new fermenting vessels in place, the south west’s most sophisticated and technologically advanced brewery has doubled the available brewing capacity at Bath Ales.

Run a pub with St Austell

The St Austell Brewery pub estate is growing and developing fast and includes over 170 pubs, hotels and inns across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol and the Isles of Scilly.

In a recent survey of pub operators by him! Research & consulting, St Austell topped the charts in the following categories:

• Fairness of Contractual Agreement

• Training Provided

• Information & Advice

• And many other areas

• 94% of St Austell Brewery tenants voted that they were satisfied with the support given.

• 95% of tenants would recommend St Austell Brewery.

• We achieved an overall rating of 83%, 7% ahead of the next nearest company.

Details of our current tenancy vacancies are updated on a regular basis. Simply go to to find out more and to see our vacancies in the South West.

If you have a query about an application you've already submitted or would like more information about a specific opportunity please contact Christine Marsh on 01726 627267 or email

The St Austell Brewery estate of managed pubs is always on the lookout for bright, talented, hard working individuals with excellent customer service skills. Applications welcome from experienced management couples with a flair for catering. Please visit more information.

Visitor Centre

The St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre welcomes visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year (excluding Christmas). Our Brewing Experience, Hicks Bar and shop are located over two floors in the heart of the Victorian brewery buildings. The Brewing Experience is set on one floor and takes you from grain to glass with displays and interactive screens. Our brewing ambassadors guide you through the history of the brewery, the beers, the machinery and the stories, ending with the joy of sampling our latest brews as well as the firm favourites such as Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev lager. The Brewing Experience also includes a complimentary pint, soft drink or a bottle of St Austell beer to take away.

Tours last around 90 minutes and are available to book from 10.00 to 16.00, please check out the website and Facebook in case we are hosting a private party or needing essential maintenance.

Prices: £12.00 with concessions for seniors, students and children. Please note that certain parts of the tour are not suitable for anyone with reduced mobility.

You are also welcome to just come in and enjoy the brewery shop, the Hicks Bar and restaurant, watch the bottling line through the large beer hall window and walk yourself around the small batch brewery.

Visitor Centre opening times: Monday to Saturday 0900-1730. Food is served from 9am to 3pm

Please call us on 01726 66022 or to book a place on a tour.

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