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John Jennings Snr., a local farmer whose father William Jennings was a master maltster by trade, started brewing way back in 1828 in the pretty Lake District village of Lorton, between Keswick and Cockermouth. John's son, John Jennings Jnr., was also involved in his father's business, but in 1881 control was divided between John Jennings Jnr's three sons, Joseph Henry Jennings, Isaac Gaitskill Jennings and John Brown Jennings

This was the origin of the Company name, Jennings Brothers, when in 1887 it converted to a limited company. Today Jennings Brothers plc is the only long standing independent brewer and pub operator in the Lake District.

By 1874, the Company had outgrown its home brewed origins and moved to its present idyllic location in the quaint market town of Cockermouth.

The Castle Brewery site is in the shadow of historic Cockermouth Castle, from which it takes its name, at the point where the river Cocker and Derwent merge.

The water used for the brewing is still drawn from the original well source which supplied the castle with pure water around the time of the Norman Conquest.

Traditional brewing methods are used to brew beers and only the finest raw materials are added, including British malt, English hops, sugar and yeast.

From the 16 licensed outlets in 1887, the Company's estate has grown to over 180 pubs. Still largely based in the Lake District, the estate now stretches to Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and the North East of England.

All the Company's pubs retain their own very individual identity and characteristics, with many of them influenced by the uniquely beautiful landscape and villages in which they are situated.

Considerable investment ensures that consistently high standards are maintained in drinking environments, catering operations and accommodation.


Jennings have been brewing traditional beers in Cumbria for over 170 years. We still use the same methods that were used by our founder as long ago as 1828 in the small Cumbrian village of Lorton.
Since 1874 we have been brewing at our current home. The Castle Brewery, in the quaint market town of Cockermouth. The Brewery is sited in the shadow of historic Cockermouth Castle at the confluence of the River Cocker and River Derwent.
As the last remaining independent brewing company in Cumbria, we are rightly proud of our Cumbrian heritage, our beers and our brewery. But why take our word for it? Why not visit Castle Brewery and enjoy one of our brewery tours? 
Our 1.5 hour Brewery Tour takes you around Castle Brewery and gives a unique insight into our beers and brewing methods. The tour is completed in the best way possible with the chance to sample some of our fine ales. Whether you choose a glass of our famous Jennings Bitter noted for its malty, nutty and mellow taste or one of our other fine beers such as Cumberland Ale, Cocker Hoop or the intriguingly named Sneck Lifter, we're sure that this will be an enjoyable end to your visit.
There are over 180 Jennings pubs in the North of England and several within walking distance of the Brewery. So after your Brewery Tour, why not visit one? Whichever Jennings pub you choose, you can be sure of a warm welcome and the traditional quality of Jennings Ales.

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