The UK’s first Japanese owned Sake Brewery and the Visitor Centre will be open in Autumn 2018

The Sake Brewery building at Fordham Abbey is nearly complete!

The work to build the 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 >>   

The Brewery part of the building is scheduled to complete by the end of November 2017 and the test brewing will start in January 2018.

Prior to the official opening of the Brewery in Autumn 2018,  Cafe Restaurant, a Visitor Centre and a shop will be added and all these facilities will be open to the public. 

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Japanese Sake Brewery

View from North West

Sake Brewery

View from South West

View from East side

View from East


Sake Brewery

October 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 some of media coverage;



Venue for Meetings and Conferences for January 2018
The Ground floor of the Georgian House is being carefully refurbished at the moment.  Will be open for functions in January 2018. 


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 visited the UK in May 2017, tested clay and newly build kiln.  



Names 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 soon!

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

Private tour of the Garden could be arranged
Please enquire : 01638-721675

Fordham Abbey Gardens

Garden Map from NGS Garden Open on 10th July 2016

Kitchen Garden


Wild Flower Garden















 Farmers market in 2018 (Subject to planning permission)









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Deaprtment of Trade and Investment

Newmarket Journal


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