Right back in January 2003 Robert & Debra Evans had a carefully prepared plan – sell the house, uproot their family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak District, Simple? Rob knew he only had one chance to get this right, working hard to find premises suitable to fit in with his dream. Chatsworth suggested he took a look at Cunnery Barn on the Chatsworth Estate, the barn buildings were in disrepair but the potential was obvious; the perfect location for a microbrewery had been discovered.
Two years later and after many hurdles including planning, electricity, drainage, renovation, finance and resident barn owls, the first beer had been brewed and the owls had a purpose built nesting box – no other barn owls in Derbyshire have accommodation so grand! It had been an emotional journey.
Mighty oaks grow from little acorns as they say and by 2012 it was becoming clear we'd hit capacity and keeping up with demand became a challenge, at the end of 2014 we upgraded our brewing equipment to a 20 barrel plant and the main brewery moved to a purpose built premise in the picturesque location of Ashford in the Water. 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 venue is available to hire for private functions, meetings and events. Keep an eye out for our various events starting again in spring 2019. We're pushing ahead now with the final phase of the redevelopment due to include the installation of the gin still. The Visitor Centre open daily until 4pm. Keep an eye on our events page for more information on upcoming events.
- Disabled access - A ramp is available outside, to get from one level to another it does mean nipping outside. The carpark is gravel.
- Disabled toilets
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Guided tours for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Bar area
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Sole use of venue
- Wedding receptions
- Free Parking - Limited Car Parking
- Dogs Accepted - Outdoors only.
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Smoking not allowed
- WiFi or internet access
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
|Open New Year|
|Monday (13 Apr 2021 - 24 Dec 2021)|
|Monday - Friday||11:00||- 16:00|
|Saturday - Sunday||Closed|
|Bank Holiday||11:00||- 16:00|
* Please note we are closed January weekends and every Sunday until Easter.
Map & Directions
From Chatsworth House, head towards Baslow. Pass the turning to Pilsley on the left, 100yds after turn into brewery yard on the left. Based on the B6012
Public Transport Directions
The Hulleys bus (170) runs between Bakewell & Chesterfield at the following times, you'll need to get off at Pilsley, or ask the driver as they may be able to drop you off at our door (this isn't very accessible due to uneven ground)
Weekdays & Saturdays - Chesterfield Bus Station Stand B12 - 0755 0905 1005 1105 1205 1305 1405 1505 1605 1705 1805 1850 Bakewell, Square Stand C - 0750 0910 1010 1110 1210 1310 1410 1510 1615 1715 1800
Sundays & Bank holidays - Chesterfield Bus Station - 0900 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 Bakewell, Square Stand C - 0910 1010 1110 1210 1310 1410 1510 1610 1710 1810 1840
There's also a TM travel bus which travels between Bakewell and Sheffield, you can see the timetable here.
The nearest railway station is Chesterfield, which is 10 miles away.