Bell St. Brewery

Brakspear Special

Brakspear Special is available from the Bell Street Brewery all year round. Up to four barrels a week will be brewed, which equates to over 1,100 pints. This beer has been brewed by Brakspear for over 40 years, and we're following the original recipe. A truly classic English beer that’s golden red in colour with a well balanced aroma and a hint of sweetness. Full bodied, the initial sweetness gives way to a dry hop bitterness.

Henley Pale Ale

In May and June 2017, the Bell St Brewery is launching its first pale ale. Henley Pale Ale is an easy drinking, 3.9% ABV ale which is light in colour and has an array of flavours. Brewed using an original recipe with Brambling Cross and Goldings Hops, Henley Pale Ale is the perfect ale to be enjoyed in the sunshine.

Brakspear Mild

That’s right, Brakspear Mild is being brewed back in Henley again! Availble from the Bell St Brewery, this dark brown ale has a reddy tinge and malty chocolate taste with a hint of caramel from using three different coloured malts; Crystal, Amber and Chocolate. Mild is a 3% ABV ale which is brewed using Minstrel hops for a delicate bitterness.

Brakspear Mild is available February & March 2016 from the Bell St Brewery.

Brakspear Old Ale

Brakspear Old is back being brewed in Henley again! After being asked by a CAMRA member at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2014, would we ever brew Brakspear old again, we though why the heck not. It's a 4.3% ABV ale brewed with pale Maris Otter, Crystal and Black malts and Fuggles, Pilgrim and Styrian Goldings hops. It is amber brown in colour and has a rich, caramel taste. Ok, it's no secret, it's Brakspear Special with caramel in it, and it's darn tasty.

Very Merry

A limited edition Christmas ale brewed exclusively for Brakspear pubs over the festive period. This full bodied bitter has a 6% ABV and accompanies this time of year perfectly with its full and rich flavour.

Two Bells

This special commemorative beer celebrates Henley's ‘Club to Pub’ swim, taking place on Saturday 21st July 2018. The 1.5km open water swim starts at Henley Rowing Club, going upstream towards the top of the islands, before heading back down to the finish at the Angel on the Bridge. Two Bells is a refreshing and moreish golden pale ale with citrus notes. To enter the swim go to

Brakspear Brewing

Since 2002, much of the original brewing plant was moved to the Wychwood brewery in Witney, West Oxfordshire (owned by Marstons). Following a major refurbishment of the Wychwood brewery Brakspear Bitter is still handcrafted in the original copper and the famous Henley ‘Double-Drop’ fermentation system.

In May 2013, we re-established our brewing roots in Henley, opening the Bell Street Brewery. We spend our time brewing classic Brakspear ales like Brakspear Special (brewed all year round), Brakspear Mild and Brakspear Old, whilst trying some new beers like Honey Bee, supporting Friends of the Earth and Blooming Marvellous, supporting Henley in Bloom. We encourage people to drink beer to support their local community. Everyone’s a winner!

Cask Choice

The current range of Brakspear Beers includes the famous ‘Double-Dropped’ Brakspear Bitter and Brakspear Oxford Gold blonde beer, as well as a range of seasonal cask ales including old favorites such as Hooray Henley and Oh Be Joyful. In 2016, we’re delighted to announce our new Brakspear Varsity pale ale, which will be available in September.

But we don’t just sell Brakspear beer. We like to promote variation in real ales, therefore we have offer a wide selection of cask ales available all year as well as a great seasonal ale calendar with a plenty of choice for our beer enthusiasts.

Many of our pubs also have their own house ale too. It’s something they’re very proud of, and completely unique to that pub too.