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Frederic Robinson Brewery, Stockport

Frederic Robinson Brewery

Unicorn Brewery
Tel: +44 (0) 161 480 6571
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The story begins on the 28th September 1838, when William bought the Unicorn Inn, Lower Hillgate, Stockport, from Samuel Hole and began running it as a retail business. His younger son Frederic joined him in 1865 and started to brew his own beer, but he soon branched out into the wholesale business. On the 3rd May 1876, shortly after his father's death, he purchased The Railway at Marple Bridge and so began the growth of the estate. William, Frederic's eldest son, joined him aged 14 in 1878, by which time a horse and dray was also owned so deliveries could be made by themselves.

When Frederic died in 1890, he was the owner of 12 licensed houses. The business then passed to his widow, Emma. On the 7th October 1920, the business became a Limited Company, being run at that time by William and his sons, Frederic, John and Cecil. Today the company is run by the fifth and sixth generation of Robinsons. Still very much a family concern they maintain full control of every aspect of the business. Over the years acquisitions have been made, including Scholfields of Ashton-under-Lyne, Kays Atlas Brewery of Ardwick and Bell & Co. of Stockport. The most recent being the 26th July 1982, when Hartleys (Ulverston) Limited became part of Robinsons. Hartleys origins can be traced back to 1755, however it was not until 1896 that the Hartley family commenced their ownership. The company now owns over 400 pubs.

The traditions of the bygone years co-exist in perfect harmony with the modern technology ensuring that all our beers are of the highest quality. Take a step into tradition with one of our experienced tour guides, who, after a short but informative introduction held in the "Unicorn Room", will accompany you round the Brewery. Whilst learning about each individual process you will be able to enjoy the fresh taste of the various malts, the aroma of hops and the texture of yeast. The definition of such terms as "mashing", "wort" and "rousing" will be explained to you. The opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional brewery is one to be savoured and if you are lucky during the daytime you might even see our Shire horses. Your tour will conclude with the opportunity to sample some of our cask conditioned beers within the comfort of the Unicorn Room where you will be able to purchase mementoes of your visit.

isits take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 2pm and evenings at 7.30pm. Group numbers are limited to between 15 and 20 people maximum, although we can accommodate small groups and individuals. All bookings must be pre booked and dates are subject to availability.

There will be a non refundable charge of 6.00 per head excluding food, there is a special concessionary price of 3.00 per head for senior citizens. If you would like a finger buffet there will be an additional charge of 4.00 per head. (Please note that all prices are subject to change).

Your visit consists of a short introduction followed by a tour of the brewery. On completion of the tour, a small sample of our products will be served in the Unicorn Room. Sampling concludes at 3.30pm, departure time would be no later than 4.00pm for the afternoon visit and start at 7.30pm and concluded at around 9.45pm for the evening visits.

For more information or to book a tour, please telephone our Visits Guide Organiser on +44 (0) 161 480 6571 or email:

Frederic Robinson Brewery, Stockport

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