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Palmers Brewery, Bridport

Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
Palmers: Brewing finest ales since 1794. In 1794, Dorset rope and net makers the Gundry family built a brewery on the banks of the River Brit in Bridport. In the late 19th century, two Palmer brothers – John Cleeves and Robert Henry – bought the operation and its pubs and gave it their names: JC & RH Palmer. Today, their great grandsons John and Cleeves Palmer work in the company and Palmers Brewery remains among the best of small independent brewers.

The original Old Brewery - famous as the only thatched brewery in Britain - is where the beer is still brewed to traditional methods with the finest ingredients. Palmers' pubs include some of the best-known and best-loved in the South West and are found in pretty country villages, deep in Hardy Country and on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

A brewery tour of Palmers historic brewery buildings allows visitors to see each stage of the brewing process and taste the Palmers five fine draught ales:


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  • Awful beer - monopolising on the local communities. They even own property that is left to ruin just to have a monopoly. Tastes dreadful and leaves you feeling sick the next day. I love ale / craft...  more »
  • Unfortunately due to the present time the tours aren’t available. There is a well stocked shop, with most of the palmers range so still worth the trip to stock up.  more »
  • Brewery tour. Interesting tour. This brewer is hardly high tech! Time seems to have stood still. Beer after in the board room. Beer is OK but hardly class leading. They are resting on laurels of...  more »
  • Fun and interesting tour lasting nearly 2 hours. Tour guide made it into one of the best brewery tours I've been on. Good to see an family run business with a lot of history still making it today. The shop has a wide selection beer's, wines and spirits and well worth a visit even if your not going on the tour.
  • Great tour around the brewery with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. All the staff are very friendly in the brewery & made for something interesting to do while it was wet outside!
  • Had a great visit to Palmers this week. Lots of stairs but worth the walk to see everything. The shop has a huge variety of alcohol on offer and is good value. Well worth 2 hours of your time.
  • Great place. Has a couple steep stairs. No probs for me but might be for some one else.
  • Visitors can tour the Brewery from Easter to the end of October. Starts at 11.00 am and lasts for about two hours (£10 per person). Here you can go behind the scenes in the historic brewery buildings, to watch every stage of the centuries-old brewing process. The tour ends with a beer tasting at the Palmers Wine Store.

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