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Visitors Centre

A day of ‘fun, food and froth’

Our Visitors Centre really is the jewel in the Brewery’s crown; a place where we celebrate the past and present of Batemans and welcome guests from near and far. There’s a fascinating brewery tour and tutored tastings, traditional pub games, an enticing calendar of events throughout the seasons, old brewing and Batemans family artefacts, the biggest collection of bottled beers in the country and good food and drink to enjoy. There is also a lovely beer garden which overlooks the brewery paddock and River Steeping. Our historic Brewery offers a glimpse into the world of Batemans.

A brewery tour also involves a visit into the brewery artefacts room in order to browse through the original documents dating back to the 1800s. Those on the tour can also go into the upstairs of the windmill.

Our Centre is housed in our beautiful 18th century windmill and is one of Lincolnshire’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Beer lovers and curious tourists alike come for our warm welcome and the promise of a day of ‘fun, food and froth’.


Step back in time with our Brewery Tour and Tutored Tastings

We pride ourselves on giving one of the best brewery tours and tutored tastings in the country. The tour starts with a guide giving a short talk on the history of Batemans Brewery and chequered past, inside the windmill. This is followed by tours of the Victorian brewhouse and the ‘Theatre of Beers’ built in 2002. Visitors have the opportunity to taste the raw materials and the beer at varying stages of the brewing process. There are even opportunities to participate in the brewing process.

The tours are ‘touchy-feely’ with the emphasis on humour and the people stories, culminating in a very impressive tutored tasting in the sample cellars were there is ample opportunity to try all the beers and pull them yourself from the brass beer engine pumps.

“Fascinating, entertaining, exciting, interesting and thirst quenching”


Take the tour

Our tour guides are knowledgeable and amusing, making the tour interesting, entertaining and fun (not just for beer lovers) and will raise a smile all-round.

Experience a bygone era in Harry’s Artefacts Room (our Grandfather, 2nd generation Bateman), where you’ll find carefully preserved objects and letters dating back to 1899. Marvel at one of the UK’s biggest collections of beer-bottles and vintage brewery posters, then finish off with a Batemans beer in Mr George’s Bar (our Father, 3rd generation Bateman) or you can choose from our selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, teas and coffees.

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Opening Times 2019


2 October – 22 December

Wednesday to Sunday: 10:30am – 4pm
Food Times: 12noon – 2:30pm
Tour Times: 11am & 2pm
Maximum of 20 people per tour – advance booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.



Contact Us

T: 01754 882009 / 882000

George Bateman & Son Ltd
Salem Bridge Brewery
PE24 4JE


Food and drink

The Visitors Centre is as well known for its warm hospitality as it is for being a fun day out. Join us for a drink in Mr George’s Bar and tuck into some hearty, locally sourced food in our Patricia Room (wife to the late Mr George Bateman).

On a sunny day, our beer garden is a great place to sit and relax with a pint. We have some fun giant traditional pub games for the whole family to enjoy.

Patricia Room Bistro


Browse in our Visitors Centre shop for unique gifts and mementos. There’s something to suit every pocket, from mugs, T-shirts and caps to our very own adorable Batemans Barney Bears and seasonal hampers. Oh, and Batemans bottled beers to enjoy at home of course!

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Getting here

It’s easy to get to the Visitors Centre, and to make a proper day of it. We have ample free parking and we’re just two minutes walk from Wainfleet railway station, which is on the Nottingham to Skegness line. There’s also accommodation nearby and the breweries caravan site on the edge of the River Steeping, f you’re having a few beers!

Come and discover the cherished history of this proudly independent family brewer.

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