Very cool brewery with the old stuff still on display next to the shiny new stainless vessels. Cool tasting bar with lots of old memorabilia on display. First rate cask ales though they represent a more traditional style. These guys know how to make beer, and the barrels aging in the hallways tell you they aren’t completely stuck in the past. Nice pub on the corner attached to the brewery with the full range on handpump and decent food. Expansive brewery shop as well with lots of merch and bottles and even mini-casks of some of their beers. You can buy vintage ales going almost all the way back in the series.
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.
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 Brewer’s Reserve (Barrel aged serie), Past Masters serie and Vintage Ale (Barley wine) series back to 1999.
Pub (Mawson Arms/Fox&Arms): Good selection of Fuller’s on cask. It’s as fresh as it gets. Standard pub food is OK.
While not a pub the brewery tours are very good and the sampling in the ’Hock Cellar’ after are always good. Fullers beers are very good and now they also brew the ’Gales’ beers so have a very varied product ’portfolio’.
Went in 2007. Just happened to go past on a bus, got off, was told I could join the tour for 6 pounds. Had some crisps and a Bitter in the nice pub, typical brewery tour was made very humorous and interesting by the guide, who kept telling tales about how much the workers used to drink in the days when they could have all they wanted for free. The tasting at the end was phenomenal, with 5 or so beers on the hand pump, plus Vintage ale and 1845 in bottles, and all you could drink for more than enough time. Good time.
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. I’m a Fuller’s fan for life!
Visited only the unusual brewery shop, which offers far more wine (!) than beer - but nevertheless the Vintage Ales from 05 to 08 plus a limited range of Fullers’ and Gale’s Ales (Old Prize Ale!) were available; some glassware, too. Worth a detour, but not a must...........