A 10 pound charge will grant you a wonderful tour around the facility, covering both old and new factories. Tim was our guide and he is a lovely old man.
After the tour you get a sampler and a small Fullers engraved glass. Very nice!
Great tour, from a man who had worked there for many years. Many interesting anecdotes, and cultural information. The tasting was great, but I am not accustomed to drinking so much cask ale, so it was possibly a bit overwhelming, but in a good way. The brewery itself is gorgeous. The brewery shop was expensive, but had bottled versions of some fullers beers I cannot get at home in the states. There is a long walk from the tube stop, but its not that bad. Well worth the money, time, and energy.
Visited this past Sept while on a birthday/golf tour of England. They graciously added me and my brother to the brewery tour at the last minute after a little begging (and shameless mention of my birthday). The tour was quite nice and the product is top notch. Ample conversation and tasting in the cellar afterwards. Iím a Fullerís fan for life!
While not a pub the brewery tours are very good and the sampling in the íHock Cellarí after are always good. Fullers beers are very good and now they also brew the íGalesí beers so have a very varied product íportfolioí.
Brewery tour is nice: they kept the old gear inside the brewery next to the modern equipment for showing tourists.
Bottle shop on the premises keeps every beer produced by the brewery including Brewerís Reserve (Barrel aged serie), Past Masters serie and Vintage Ale (Barley wine) series back to 1999.
Pub (Mawson Arms/Fox&Arms): Good selection of Fullerís on cask. Itís as fresh as it gets. Standard pub food is OK.
As mid-sized brewery tours go, this is one of the best. Wasn't planning at all on going but happened to be in the 'hood and showed up just as a tour group was coalescing. If Jane is your guide, you're in for a treat. She's fab and knows her stuff. Lived the factory, the tasting, the whole package. If all you've had of Fullers so far has been bottled, as I had before this, you owe this historic brewery the opportunity to showcase their wares in real ale format as they are designed best to be.
Cool place, the brewing equipment itself wasnít spectacular to look at but I havenít been to other breweries so I donít know how it compares. The best part is that itís a really old fairly traditional place where they still make all their beer. Plus you can pretty much drink back the full value of your ticket at the bunker bar at the end of the tour -- I drank 5 half pints, but if I felt like it I could have drank more. Only weird thing is that they had a Sierra Nevada Pale tap.. wtf? I canít imagine going on the tour and then drinking that.. or the cider for that matter.
Nice tour. The old brick brewery building is by itself worth a visit. The old copper kettle is still there and built in the bricks. The tour guide who worked there and is now retired had a bunch of nice and interesting stories to tell and as there were only people who know how beer is brewed / he changed his normal routine and gave as some other perspective to the brewery. The Tasting was ok, besides they only had four of their brews an tap, most of the others bottled and the London Porter was truly missing at all. Great experience to walk through the beer ankle deep as a pump broke while we were there.