Beer and Bread at Fountains Abbey

Pizza from Simply Wood Fired

We’ve teamed up with Leeds Indie Food on the new summer event, which will take place on 15-16 and 22-23 June. We’ve curated a range of local street food and Yorkshire beer to try, beside Fountains Mill and near to the abbey’s ruined bakehouse and brewhouse.

There'll be lots for families too with a range of games to play, including a sack race! Drop by to try a range of local food, ready to set you up for a full day of exploring!

Have a sack race at Beer and Bread
Little girl sack racing at Fountains Abbey
Have a sack race at Beer and Bread

Why beer and bread?

The monks who lived at Fountains Abbey in the Middle Ages knew what they were doing when it came to the bare essentials. Fountains Mill was used to grind wheat, oats and barley to produce two necessities; beer and bread for everyone who lived there. Beer wasn’t produced to enjoy back then - the monks drank weak beer every day because the water was too dirty to consume safely. Some monks will have drunk up to eight pints a day.

Explore Fountains Mill
Fountains Mill
Explore Fountains Mill

What's on and who's coming?

There’ll be a chance to learn about the history of the Mill, take a tour of the monastic brewhouse and bakehouse, and have a go with dough. Check out some of the people coming below and check back in to see who else will be making an appearance.

Bad Seed Brewery, 15-16 and 22-23 June

Bad Seed brewery started out simply as two guys who loved beer and wanted to have a go brewing their own. They started developing their own recipes using a range of high quality ingredients and they tasted so good that they soon opened their own microbrewery based in Malton. They turned the town into a beacon for hand crafted, full flavour beers, including classic American IPAs and more interesting flavours like Rhubarb Crumble.

Have a beer this weekend
Have a beer from Bad Seed Brewery
Have a beer this weekend

Café 164, 15-16 and 22-23 June

Baking bread every single day, Café 164 know a thing or two about making a fresh and tasty bite to eat. When it comes to ciabatta and focaccia sandwiches, you know where to go! 

Laynes Rarebit Grill and Espresso, 15-16 and 22-23 June

Need a boost? When it comes to coffee these guys know what they're doing. 

Luigi Street Food, 22-23 June

Head over to Luigi's where you can tuck into a range of fresh Italian food specialities. Cooked in small batches sample handmade pasta, bruschetta and other Italian delicacies full to bursting with flavour.

Beacon Burgers and Salt Beef, 22-23 June

For a locally sourced burger head to Beacon Burgers. They're served with an array of salads, sauces and pickles.

Tuck into pizza from Simply Wood Fired
Pizza slice by Simply wood Fired
Tuck into pizza from Simply Wood Fired

Simply Wood Fired Pizza, 22-23 June

This artisan mobile wood fired pizza oven company travel around bringing freshly cooked pizzas for all to enjoy. Committed to sourcing seasonal produce and cooking it all with a tried and tested method the team are confident that you'll thoroughly enjoy the unique taste from a wood fired oven.

Foconut, 22-23 June

Head to Foconut for some vegan ice-cream. They believe everyone should indulge in sweet treats from time to time and are out to prove that plant-based recipes can fulfil those cravings while still tasting great. 

Pick up a vegan treat from Froconut at Beer and Bread
Froconut stand
Pick up a vegan treat from Froconut at Beer and Bread

What do you need to know?

When is it on?

It's on over two weekends in June, (15-16 and 22-23). Come to Fountains Mill, the monastic home of beer and bread at Fountains Abbey to experience this brand new event.

Do I have to pay?

General admission applies but it's free to go into Beer and Bread. Bring a little extra if you want to indulge in the range of food on offer from stall holders but most stalls can take card payments.

When is the tour?

There are two free tours, which take in the mill along with the ruined bakehouse and brewhouse. 

They last around 45 minutes and are on at 1pm and 3pm.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, your dog is welcome on a short lead. You will be able to find water bowls at all admissions points. The nearest dog bin is by Fountains Hall.

Walk from the abbey to the water garden along the river Skell
Two ladies walking along the banks of the river Skell
Walk from the abbey to the water garden along the river Skell


What else can I do on my visit?

There's a whole range of things to do on your visit. To learn more about this place you can pop into Porter's Lodge, pick up an audio guide on your way in or join a garden and abbey tour at 11am or an abbey one at 2pm.

You could spend a whole day exploring the site. It's a half hour walk down to Studley Royal through the garden. Venture up to the picturesque High Ride to discover three follies, a woodland path and wide view over the abbey. If you want to go a bit further you can walk through the deer park and visit St. Mary's church. Join the deer watch walk on Sat 22 June, too!

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