Open House
| Gin & Beer Festival | Tunbridge Wells

A look behind the scenes at two new businesses in Tunbridge Wells


Fonthill Brewing Co. is the in-house brewery of The George pub which has been brewing on a pilot brewery for two years - see the kit, meet the brewer, drink the beer.

The Gin Box Shop is an online retailer specialising in high-quality gins; they now operate from the George Stable Block with a real-life shop. They know their stuff and love to chat!

6th / 7th / 8th
6th / 7th / 8th
Friday 6th 5 - 10pm
Saturday 7th 12 - 10pm
Sunday 8th 12 - 6pm


The Gin Box have scoured the world to find the best gins available on the market today. Each of our gins has been selected because it incorporates the best quality ingredients, along with exciting innovation, to produce a truly wonderful spirit.

The Gin Box are open as a public off-licence, on Saturdays 12-4pm. During the week however, there is a door bell & if we're in office, we'll be happy to open up for you.

The tasting room will have it's public opening during the open house event & will host the masterclasses by local distillers. It is available for private hire & tasting events. Enquire at

The Gin Box Shop
The Gin Box Tasting Room


Fonthill Brewing Co. is the in-house brewery of The George pub which has been brewing on a pilot brewery for two years

During the open house, you'll be able to see the brewery in action & taste 6 heritage beer recipes from Fonthill, re-released just the for occasion.
(Remember 'Golden Ticket'?)

Fonthill brew
Fonthill brew

Featured Beers

  • Kelsey - East India Pale Ale 5.8%.

    A reworking of a beer from the Kelsey brewery which closed in 1962. Having gone through some archives held by Guy Sankey we created a beer based on the malt and hops they had in stock at the time to a traditional recipe.

  • Royal Tunbridge Wells Brewery - Royal Best 4.1%.

    A traditional Best Bitter brewed by Ian Dormon and crew at the RTW Brewery in the 1980’s. Recipe kindly donated by Ian Dormon.

  • Royal Tunbridge Wells Brewery - Golden Ticket 5%

    A long standing favourite from the fermenters at RTW brewing co’s second incarnation in the 2010’s. Recipe from Jamie Simm.

  • Pig and Porter - tbc

    Collaborate effort from many of the other venues involved brewed 8th August

  • Fonthill Brewing co. - Good Morning Captain 3.9%

    Session pale ale brewed onsite at The George. Heavily hopped with cascade and Amarillo hops, Fonthill’s first core brew.

  • Fonthill Special - tbc

    This ones staying a secret!

Free Gin Masterclasses & Talks

During the event - Various local distillers will be giving unique talks & classes on their recipes, serves and ethos.

The talks are free to attend but we encourage booking ahead, so that we can ensure there is ample seating and to secure your place.

Event times - Saturday 7th