Visitor Centre

The brewery had left, but the barn is pretty special and we didn’t want to leave, so a brand new 3 stage plan to create a Brewery Visitor Centre & Gin Distillery was created, to consist of a brewery, a distillery, a shop and tasting room plus venue hire options.
Good things come to those who wait, after further renovations and hurdles similar to those we faced in the beginning, we completed the 1st and 2nd stage of this project by opening our brewery shop and venue hire in 2017 plus installing a 2.5 barrel pilot brewery in 2018, allowing us to experiment with new recipes and beer styles.
The start of Peak Gin, in 2019 we successfully  installed our 72 litre hand crafted still, made by German company Arnold Holstein.  The still took 7 whole months to arrive from order to delivery, and has been named ‘Isobel’, a family name of our directors, Rob & Debra Evans.

Our first tipple, Chatsworth Gin, uses botanicals from the Chatsworth Garden and Greenhouse including Lemon Verbena, Lemon Grass and the Imperial Lemon adding that natural freshness to the gin. Though the Imperial Lemons aren’t available all year round, regular lemons (still from the Chatsworth Greenhouse), are used otherwise, still providing a lovely tasting gin!

Most uniquely the leaves from the Cavendish banana, also from the Chatsworth Greenhouse, are used in this gin making it truly distinct.

We must also add, that the appearance of the bottle certainly looks luxurious and exactly what you’d expect of a high quality gin, that’s for sure!

The venue is available to hire for private functions, meetings and events, see more information below.

Keep an eye out for our various events starting again in spring 2020. Please note the tasting room is now bottle only until the New Year. The brewery shop is still open every day apart from January weekends.

Daily Brewery Tours

Currently we are unable to book brewery tours due to the current  situation. However please get in contact with us if you would like to pencil a date in for later this year and we will call you once we are able to proceed again.

Your tour of our pilot brewery at the Visitor Centre will explain the beer making process from start to finish. You’ll gain an insight of all the raw materials and come away with a better understanding of how we brew our beers, you’ll then get to enjoy tasting the final delicious product at the bar.

These run daily during the week at 2pm, we have a maximum capacity of 20 people.

It’s worth noting that our brewery is not in operation over weekends and bank holidays, so if you’d prefer to see the brewing in action, it is usually best to visit us during the week.

Monthly Brewery Tours
More info: This tour is split over two sites starting at 11am at our brewery in Ashford in the Water, followed by an included pint at our Visitor Centre on the Chatsworth Estate (about 4 miles away and you will have to make your own way over). Please feel free to stay at the Visitor Centre for as long as you like, we have our own real ale bar and shop, and we have a small experimental brewery for you to look around. A gin still will also be installed in due course. These brewery tours run every month on the following dates –

No Dates Available

Please make sure you book in advance as all guests must be pre-booked and we have limited parking at the Visitor Centre.

Any questions just get in touch, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Some important bits:
Sensible shoes are required
All participants must be wearing sensible, covered shoes. Sorry, no open-toed sandals, flip-flops or heels.

Tours cancellation policy
Brewery tours are subject to cancellation if there are less than six participants – if this should happen we will contact you via phone and do our very best to book you on another tour.

Visitors with restricted mobility
These experiences can be challenging for those with restricted mobility, unfortunately, at the Visitor Centre our courtyard is gravelled, there is access ramps in situ. Please see our accessibility statement for more information.

Responsible Drinking
You will be invited to taste our as part of your tour. Please do not be tempted to sample one too many of our lovely products before your tour as you may be refused entry.

Venue Hire

All you need to know about hiring our Visitor Centre!

• Available to hire by the hour.
• Available to hire with our bar open or closed.
• Our bar is stocked with extremely local beers & gin (produced onsite!) wine from Hattersley Wines. Soft drinks also available. Bring your own fizz – no corkage charged!
• Maximum number of guests is 95.
• Available for any occasion, from larger office meetings to small intimate weddings and everything in between!
• Great venue for any celebration, Christmas parties welcome!
• We work closely with some fantastic local outside caterers.
• Incredibly friendly staff to help your event run smoothly from start to finish.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what others have had to say –

An amazing venue with great beer, highly recommend. Had my 40th there last night and it could not have been better in any way. Friendly bartenders · Perfect for parties · Knowledgeable staff · Craft beer ·

I had my 21st birthday party at the venue a couple of weeks ago now and what an amazing night it was ☺️ Thank you so much to everyone at peak ales for letting us use the space and just making my 21st such a fab night. I would 100% recommend this venue to anyone and all the guests who came said how great the place was. Staff were all very lovely and helpful. Thank you to everyone at peak ales for making it a perfect night ❤️

Hello, we just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for letting us use your visitor centre for our daughter Charlotte’s wedding celebrations on 25th May. The barn made an absolutely ideal setting for a small wedding with its stone floors and beams – the perfect backdrop for Charlotte’s spring wedding. The countryside surroundings and views are idyllic and made a wonderful backdrop for photographs. We will certainly recommend your venue to our friends and would not hesitate in using it again for other celebrations. Please would you pass on our thanks to Ellie and Rosie, who were really friendly, helpful and supportive throughout.

The team were very flexible. New TV, lighting etc worked well. We are looking at timings for next year and will book again.

For more information please call 01246 583737 or email
It is worth noting that we currently have a very limited car park, we are working on this for 2020.