The Suffolk County Explorer
Thursday 7th to Monday 11th March 2019
London – Ipswich - Lowestoft
Woodbridge Tide Mill
Up to twelve breweries:
· St Peter’s
· Opa Hay
· Station 1-1-9
· Old Chimneys
· Star Wing
Good Beer Guide Pubs
Free time in Southwold, Lowestoft and Norwich
Stowmarket - London
THURSDAY 7th MARCH 2019
A mid-morning departure at 11:00
FRIDAY 8th MARCH
Whilst the day might be considered somewhat beery by some it has to be done otherwise many will be disappointed! It will be noted that during the weekend many breweries lie on farms with “spare” buildings, amid pleasant scenery, rather than in industrial units.
Subject to final decisions, the route will be via the breweries of Ampersand, Waveney (brewpub), St. Peters with lunch in the chapel hall, Grain, Peoples (and village pub tap) and last but certainly not least, a return to Opa Hay’s, (in the anaesthetist’s garage), where the charming lady was very disappointed that I did not get round to actually calling on her!. She is so pleased that we are returning – she has two new dogs to amuse us! It is only four miles from Beccles but in Norfolk so it was overlooked – this is one of our forays into that county, hence the suffix in the tour title! It is planned to be back in Lowestoft by 20:00.
SATURDAY 9th MARCH
Today is Southwold Day, plus… We
SUNDAY 10th MARCH
This is a day when you can make
your own foray in the region’s capital;
MONDAY 11th MARCH
The final day of this event will end at Stowmarket but not before you have visited the following en route: Station 1-1-9, so named after a USAF base here. The owners are very proud of their production and are eager to share their story – and their key keg beers – with us. Then we shall meet an old friend at his Old Chimneys brewery. He may well then join us for part of our tour to Star Wing brewery, sited in a former saw mill and with a new on-site tap. Lunchtime will be at The Rampton House pub, connected to the owner of Calvors brewery, our final stop after the visit to Muntons Maltings, where they have a pilot brewery – we are currently unsure whether their licence allows them to serve us any samples, they will let us know nearer the time. The planned train home is at 18:48 from Stowmarket via Ipswich or possibly the 19:29 direct, due Liverpool St 20:20 and 20:55 respectively
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
The cost of this tour cannot yet be completely finalised (some locations are not yet geared up for 2019) but based on past experience and rooms at The Hatfield House Hotel, it is expected to be around £520 person single and £495 for twin or double occupancy. Yes, a few may say “It’s too expensive” but it must be recorded that the tour is around a very affluent region and is of five days, four nights which includes no less than twenty-one paid events, (with two breweries at £20 each) and three days of coach travel.
Standard class return rail travel
· Four nights B&B at The Hatfield Hotel with optional dinner on Thursday;
· Up to twelve brewery visits plus Maltings;
· First pint in five GBG pubs; NOTE: Places in italics include some beer
· Lunches on Thursday, Friday and Monday;
· Three days’ coaching;
· Admission to Tide Mill;
· Service and VAT at current rate;
· IPP financial insurance cover;
· Crookham Travel courier throughout.
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE
In order to be sure of securing
rooms prompt booking is earnestly requested. After the end of November,
bookings will be accepted on an as-available basis. Please complete the
booking form and send it with your deposit of £150 per person, payable to
Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to Crookham Travel a/c No.
87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at
OUR HOTEL: THE HATFIELD HOTEL,
The Esplanade, Lowestoft NR33 0QG
Tel: 01502 565337
Following a recent refurbishment program, the hotel is able to offer a unique blend of contemporary, modern style and traditional features. The hotel has two bars which both face the sea and offer traditional ales as well as home cooked food.
Free wi-fi, restaurants, twenty-four hour service, lift to all floors. Free internet available throughout the hotel.
A member of the Best Western group
Most of the arrangements have already been confirmed but some are still outstanding, so the right is reserved to amend the programme should this be unavoidable.
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