The UK’s first Japanese owned Sake Brewery – Now brewing and taking bookings for guided tours and tastings!
Dojima Sake Brewery is now open for tours and guided tastings by appointment only. The first of its kind to be built in the UK, this stunning brewery is set in the picturesque grounds of the Fordham Abbey estate. Come for a truly unique experience which combines English heritage with Japanese culture and delicious, hand crafted sake.
The work to build the Brewery started in Autumn 2016 and completed in May 2018.
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 complete and we have been have been brewing since May 2018.
The VIP Reception was held on 14th September to celebrate the opening of the Brewery. To see the pictures of the event click here >>
A Cafe Restaurant, a Visitor Centre and a shop will be added and all these facilities will be open to the public in Spring 2019.
Fordham Abbey Master Plan
Georgian House, Sake Brewery, Visitor Centre/cafe, Function Hall, Pottery workshop,farmers market, Sake Spa, Walled gardens
The Manor House - Ideal venue for high class events, meetings and conferences
The Georgian House has been carefully refurbished. We will be hosting events for Anglo Japanese cultural events from Spring 2020.
Pottery Workshop for two renowned Japanese Potters
A Pottery workshop with a Japanese room and a Japanese garden are near completion at Fordham Abbey.
The potters visited the UK in May 2017 and 2018, tested clay and newly build kiln.
Mr Fukumori on wheel
Mr. Fukumori, the master potter
Mr. Hosokawa the potter
Very complicated foundation for the workshop
Morimitsu Hosokawa /
Masatake Fukumori http://doraku-gama.com/
Members Gardens - ready in April 2020
(Annual Membership accepted now, 1 year period starts at the end of April 2020, but early members will have extra period starting now to be able to view the construction stage)
For details >>
The Japanese garden
〜 Under Construction 〜
The walled kitchen garden
〜 Under construction 〜
Farmers market Spring 2020