Success for Hillside Brewery
Congratulations to Hillside Brewery from Longhope, the newly announced Rural Oscars Champions for the South West in Tourism Enterprise category. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage, now in their twelfth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win.
Judge Jill Grieve said:
“This father and son team is inspiring. They have taken over a tired brewery and turned it into a tourism destination that trades on great artisan beer, brewery tours and events including festivals, a pop up opera and even a dog show. The brewery is just part of the business though, as they also host Battlesports and Archery Tag on site and their new extension and bar/ patio area is an already-in-demand event space which had hosted a wedding before it was even finished. Peter and Paul Williamson have worked hard and taken some risks to ensure this brewery is a fun and friendly destination that also benefits other local businesses, especially pubs and hotels. The recent building work has all been done with upcycling and energy efficiency in mind and they are even exporting energy back to the National Grid. Their enthusiasm is matched by the stunning setting, making Hillside Brewery a huge tourist draw in this beautiful corner of Gloucestershire.”
The winners of the regional awards now go forward to the British finals, to be held at Parliament in London on 22nd March.