Published: Friday 26th Jan 2018
Real Ales in Stunning Surroundings
For visitors to the South Downs National Park with a taste for real ales, an eye for historic surroundings and an ear for live music, Langham Brewery is a must-see destination with its own distinctive character and flavour.
The story of Langham Brewery begins with good friends James Berrow and Steve Mansley brewing their own real ale in James’ garage for more than 25 years. So successful were they in their endeavours that in 2003 the pair decided to take the leap into commercial brewing, with James’ partner, Lesley Foulkes, bringing her business acumen to the venture and completing the puzzle.
Langham Brewery was officially founded in 2005 and today operates as an independent steam-powered microbrewery, which rests between the Sussex towns of Midhurst and Petworth in the stunning surroundings of the South Downs National Park. During the development of the brewery, a 10-barrel plant was lovingly refurbished, while the Cowdray Estate assisted by converting a superb 18th century especially for purpose so that by spring 2006 Langham Brewery was ready to brew.
Award-Winning Real Ales
The much-loved real ales Sundowner and Halfway to Heaven soon followed the official opening of the brewery and were quickly joined by the highly-acclaimed Hip Hop, which proved to be an instant success, winning the Western Sussex CAMRA beer of the festival during both 2007 and 2008. Hip Hop is a clean and crisp, classic blonde beer with a nose loaded with floral hop aroma and a pleasing malt flavour that gives way to a pleasing dry and bitter finish. During its lifetime, Hip Hop has continued to impress by winning awards at the Haslemere Beer Festival in 2008 and taking a silver medal as a SIBA S.E. Regional Beer Competition in 2011.
As the brewery has continued to grow Steve has retired from the business, while James has continued to unleash his creative side through the introduction of exciting new beers. Today, the Langham Brewery produces 15 distinctive real ales, including Black Swallow, which took the Gold medal during the 2015 SIBA S.E. Regional Competition. In addition to this stunning success, in 2015 Langham was one of the first four breweries in England to a Cask Marque and the SALSA plus Beer accreditation for its quality brewing processes and performance and the team shows no sign of slowing down in its mission to produce innovative, distinctive and flavoursome real ales!
Tours and More
As well as offering a tempting selection of expertly crafted real ales, Langham Brewery offers enthusiasts the chance to visit the brewery itself and learn more about how the beer is made – and of course, to sip on the final product as well.
The brewery is also a vibrant part of the local community, nestled in the South Downs National Park. From this stunning location, the venue plays host to its own tours and events, while promoting some of the many varied attractions that West Sussex has to offer. These include special film screenings, beer festivals and a bevy of live music events. Visitors to the region should be sure to drop in on the Alton Beer Festival, which will take place on 16th February, offering a fantastic selection of great beers, ciders and wines, while giving to good causes. Indeed, since 2002 this event has raised over £210,000 for local charities.
Later on in the year, Lion Green, Heslemere will host the Haslemere Fringe Festival, taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th July, 2018, with music from Scouting for Girls amongst others, as well as a selection of dance, comedy, poetry and lashings of excellent food and drink!
There is always plenty going on in the local area, so anyone planning a trip to West Sussex should be sure to check out the Langham Brewery Calendar.
South Downs National Park
Langham Brewery is proud to be the first corporate partner of the South Downs National Park Trust, leading the way in assisting in increasing the awareness of this fabulous parkland and rising funds to conserve the South Downs Way for future generations.
The South Downs National Park is a truly unique landscape that encompasses everything from rolling hills to bustling market towns. The park covers some 1,600km2 of aware-inspiring views and hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Visitors to the region can expect to be treated to thee white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths, as well as picture perfect villages, traditional country pubs and flourishing vineyards. Indeed, there is so much to see and do that you’ll want to visit time and time again.
Planning your visit
When planning your visit to West Sussex, be sure to speak to the Best of Brighton team for the best advice on finding the perfect holiday cottage for you, as well as recommendations on the stunning range of attractions across the region. We have a fantastic selection of cottages set around Rural Sussex that are suitable for all party sizes and budgets.
Brewery Tours at Langham Brewery are available by appointment and enquires can be made over the phone on 01798 860861, or by contacting the team on the breweries contact page.