The Titsey Brewing Co began life in 2017 as a microbrewery, run by founder Craig Vroom out of a small shed at Botley Hill Farmhouse. A successful crowdfunding campaign in 2018 enabled him to purchase a bigger brewing kit, grow the business and move into a bunker originally built during the Cold War. Most recently, a 2021 investment by the Titsey Estate Company has helped fund not only their expansion into a larger, purpose built site on Clarke’s Lane Farm in Tatsfield, but also the opening of a taproom serving Titsey Brewing Co beers and a delicious menu.
Alongside their core beers such as Gower Wolf (bitter), Gresham Hopper (pale ale), Leveson Buck (IPA) and Innes Lager, you can also sample Titsey’s seasonal beers, along with some taproom exclusives like their new non-alcoholic beer, and their cider, Marmaduke, which they have produced in partnership with Kentish Pip. Their bar also stocks a small selection of local spirits, wines and soft drinks.
The taproom’s chef has created a menu, using locally sourced ingredients, which includes smashed patty burgers and buttermilk chicken, along with vegetarian and vegan options. There’s also speciality dish peri-peri rotisserie chicken, served with sides such as Asian slaw, barley salad and rosemary salted fries.
Located at the highest point of the North Downs Way, the stunning views and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating make it the perfect place for walkers (four-legged ones are welcome too!) and cyclists to stop and enjoy a cold beer. It’s open from Thursday to Sunday, with coffee and brunch served from 9:30 every day except Thursday.
Brewery tours will soon be available, and you will also be able to purchase a selection of merchandise and bottle packs to enjoy at home.
“This is a huge next step for Titsey Brewing Co,” says founder and head brewer Craig. “Up until now, we haven’t been able to offer our supporters the opportunity to come in, chat to us and see what we do and how we do it. This new site changes that, and we’re excited to be able to give our customers, local residents and visitors to the North Downs a great space to enjoy Titsey beers and a fantastic food menu, all with a brilliant view.
In addition, the new brewery is much bigger, so fans of Titsey can also expect to find us in more pubs across Surrey and Kent as we’re now able to brew more, as well as try out new, exciting brews.”