Bradford Brewing Revival

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire


Box Steam Brewery, Holt

Box Steam Brewery

The brewery began at The Bear in Box, a nearby village on the Bath to London road,  in 2004 and developed a range of beers with railway-inspired names in homage to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his Box Tunnel, which takes the Great Western Railway under the Cotswold Hills. It was bought by the Roberts family, owners of the Cross Guns pub in Avoncliff, Westwood, in 2006. In need of bigger premises in which to expand, the brewery moved to the Midlands in the Bradford village of Holt in 2011 and now brews over 6000 hectolitres and supplies many pubs and supermarkets, but especially its own Cross Guns and The Inn at Freshford.

Willy Good Ale

Will Southward of Bradford on Avon, wanting to develop his enthusiasm for brewing influenced by English, American and Belgian craft beers, set up his family’s micro-brewery at Hartley Farm in Winsley in 2010. It supplied the Farm Shop and some local pubs and shops, but Southward has moved on to other things.

Kettlesmith Brewery

The latest micro-brewery in the Museum’s area is situated in Bradford itself -just behind the Sainsbury’s supermarket on the Treenwood industrial estate. Here Antony Field began brewing a range of craft beers in 2016, several inspired by Belgian and American brews.