The UK’s first Japanese Sake Brewery and Visitor Centre opening in June 2018

The work to build the Sake Brewery started in Autumn 2016.

The Brewery & visitor Centre is designed by KPT Architects in Saffron Walden.
The Contractor is Patrick Doyle of Snailwell near Newmarket.

The Jichinsai Ceremony was held on 28th October 2016 to purify the site for the Brewery, and we prayed for the the safety of all the people involved in the construction.  The Ceremony was conducted by the Japanese priests.    pictures of the event >>   

Test brewing will start in Autumn 2017.
Before the official opening in June 2018, a Cafe Restaurant, a Visitor Centre and a Shop will be added and all these facilities will be open to the public in 2018. 

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Japanese Sake Brewery

View from North West

Sake Brewery

View from South West

View from East side

View from East

The Sake Brewery on 23rd February 2017


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Master Plan and Brewery & Visitor Centre Location


Brewery & visitor centre location

Brewery & visitor centre location


The links below are for the recent media coverage;



Venue for Meetings and Conferences for Autumn 2017
The Ground floor of the Georgian House is being refurbished at the moment to open to the public for functions. 


Fordham Abbey












Pottery Workshop for two renowned Japanese Potters

Morimitsu Hosokawa

Work by Morimitsu Hosokawa

A Pottery workshop and a Japanese room + a small Japanese garden are being built on site.    
The potters are in the UK during May 2017, testing clay and newly build kiln.  

Name of the potter are;

Morimitsu Hosokawa /
Masatake Fukumori



Country House Accommodation  (subject to planning permission)



Opening the Gardens
Parts of the garden will be open to the visitors to the Sake Brewery and its Visitor Centre soon!

  • Kitchen Garden
  • Borders
  • Wild flower meadow
  • Orchard  
  • Japanese Garden
  • Willow Walk
  • Woodland Walk


Fordham Abbey Gardens

Garden Map from NGS Garden Open on 10th July 2016

Kitchen Garden


Wild Flower Garden














Open Garden during Summer 2017

Bookings are being taken for group visitors only (10+) during mid July - September 2017

Please enquire : 01638-721675


 Farmers market in 2018 (Subject to planning permission)









● Links:

Deaprtment of Trade and Investment

Newmarket Journal


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