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Arkell’s is a family business and Swindon institution, which is well worth a visit. It is one of the oldest traditional breweries still operating in Britain and not only looks much as it would have when it was founded by John Arkell in 1843 but his descendants continue to brew beer in a very similar way.  

About Arkells

John Arkell was a remarkable man. Born into a farming family in 1802 in Kempsford, South Gloucestershire, he emigrated to the New World in his late twenties and took with him a group of local people who sought a refuge from the tough conditions endured by agricultural folk at that time. It was a brave step.

It was a natural step to turn to brewing beer, which at that time was commonly produced by many pubs and in many more private homes. But it took the foresight of John Arkell to realize the potential market for supplying beer to a string of other pubs as well as his own Kingsdown Inn, which he had just bought.

About the Range

Arkells believe that without raw materials of exceptional quality it is impossible to produce first-rate beers. This is why they go to great efforts to source the best malted barley from around the UK and spend the hop harvest every year picking out the finest grown hops for their Ales. Arkells have a staple of distinctive regular beers and also introduce seasonal and special ales throughout the year.


Arkells has been taking steps for years to improve their sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint. They buy ingredients from local suppliers and have 100 solar panelys on their bottling hall, which produce 25,000 Kilowatt hours of power per year to help cool their beer and power their brewery.

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