The village of Dunsden Green is well worth visiting if you are taking a weekend break near London – it doesn’t get more English than this! Equidistant from Henley-on-Thames and Reading, it has all the essential features of a small English village – including a red telephone box, ivy-clad vicarage and village hall.

The war poet Wilfred Owen was probably Dunsden’s most famous resident. He lived in the vicarage from 1911 to 1913; working as a lay assistant to the vicar and also spending time as a pupil teacher at Wyle Cop school.

It was around this time that he attended University College, Reading.

All this was long before the Loddon Brewery was established in the village in 2002 in a converted barn.

The brewery now has the capacity to produce 14,400 pints of beer per week; it must be thirsty work producing them!

Forbury Lion is the strongest of the beers it produces, this 5.5 per cent IPA is “packed with a full malty flavour and a strong complex hop finish”.

Other core beers include Hoppit Classic Bitter (which has a slight taste of marmalade) and Hullaballoo (which is both herby and biscuity).

The brewery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 to 5:30 and from 9:30 until 3 on a Saturday.

You could also pop along to Henley-on-Thames’s River and Rowing Museum on Friday, 15th April for a Loddon Brewery Home Brewing Workshop.

If you do attend, you are welcome to bring along examples of your own home brews for others to sample!

Try a home brewing course or visit as part of a weekend break near London.