2019 Beer & Cider Festival

Champion Beer Announced !

At the recent Spa Valley Beer Festival there was the opportunity to vote for your favourite from among the 180+ beers on offer, and the results are as follows:

Cask Beer

Winner – Elusive ‘Sphere of Destiny’              

2nd – Long Man ‘Old Man’

3rd – Old Dairy ‘Aussie Red’


Winner – Beardspoon ‘East Meets West’

Keg Beer

Winner – Downlands ‘Essential Pale’  


Spa Valley Railway Beer Festival 2019

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019

One of the biggest beer & cider festivals in Kent & Sussex is returning for the 9th year!

180+ Real Ales, 30+ Ciders, 30+ Green Hop Beers plus more beverages!

Another resounding success as the crowds flocked to the Spa Valley Railway to sample the large array of ales & ciders on offer, and take a nostalgic journey by steam or diesel to enjoy the beautiful scenery along this preserved branch line.

The festival took place not only at the West Station but also all along the line, with bars at Groombridge and Eridge as well as on the two sets of carriages plying their trade. Music and food were available all weekend and a good time was had by all.

Before the Beer Festival judging took place to select the Champion Kent Green Hop Ale from 30 ales especially brewed for the event. The winners were:

1st:  Old Diary  “Ernest”   4.5%

2nd:  5 Points  “Bullion”  3.7%

3rd:  Tonbridge   “Countryman”  4%

A massive thanks to all customers who make the event such a success and of course to the army of volunteers without whom none of this would happen. See you all again next year !!