Adnams plc

Sole Bay Brewery, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JW

What We’re About

Established in 1872, Adnams is best-known as a brewer of beer.

Whilst beer and pubs remain at the heart of our business, we also make our own hand-crafted spirits, import wines for our Adnams Stores and run an online store.

Values at the heart

At Adnams, we want to make sure that our impact on society is a positive one.

Our company values are rooted in making great products without costing the earth. From working with local farmers and producers who supply our brewery and hotels, through to partnering with a local business to install an anaerobic digestion plant to turn brewery and food waste into biogas, we believe that doing the right thing makes great business sense.

Sole Bay Brewery


Did you know that beer has been brewed on the same site in Southwold for over 670 years? Things have changed hugely since 1345!

Find out more about our history on our website.

Marrying innovation with tradition

Behind the walls of our Victorian-looking brewery, we’ve got some of the most advanced and energy-efficient brewing equipment in Europe. We’re proud of our long history of brewing, and we are constantly experimenting with new, innovative techniques. We’ve developed a network of great friends all over the brewing world, and we’re keen to share our knowledge and learn from others too. Find out more on our website

Copper House Distillery

Our distillery, the Copper House, sits within the Adnams brewery in Southwold. It’s the most energy-efficient distillery in the UK and also generates water and steam for the brewery, forming an integral part of our overall sustainable production system.

Adnams is the first brewery / distillery (a bristillery?!) in England that’s able to produce high quality spirits directly from malted grains all the way through to the finished product. We use the same local ingredients to make our spirits – barley, rye, wheat and oats – as we do for our beers.

We use the best modern distilling techniques and a small batch process in order to create spirits with exceptional purity, quality and, of course, flavour. They key here is our ability to control every aspect of our spirits production – we even grown our own rye from fields just a few miles from the distillery.

Find out more on our website.

Adnams Community Trust

The Adnams Community Trust was founded in 1990 to celebrate Adnams centenary as a public company.

It is funded by a percentage of Adnams annual profits, mandated dividends, donations and legacies.

The Adnams Community Trust awards grants to worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold or, in the case of national charities, exclusively for the benefit of those living within 25 miles of Southwold.

Grants normally range from £100 to £2,500 and the Trustees expect to see the results of their donations within one year.

Most grants are made under the general headings of:

  • Education
  • Health and Social Welfare
  • The Arts
  • Recreation
  • Buildings/Community Facilities
  • The Environment/Conservation

Grants are never made to individuals, but may be channeled through recognised organisations that are prepared to sponsor needy individuals and to ensure that the money is well spent. Grants are made for specific purposes only, and are rarely made to the same organisation two years in succession.

For the full Adnams Community Trust application guidelines please contact Rebecca Abrahall Adnams Charity Administrator. 

Working with us

Adnams offers a wide range of employment opportunities across our business.

We are a diverse business: from our own beers and spirits, to our branded wines, foods, gifts and kitchenware; from our stylish shops and relaxing hotels to our characterful pubs. Our company values drive all we do, we act for the long-term and manage to successfully combine the innovative with the time-honoured.

We are looking for people to join our teams who have real enthusiasm and integrity and who believe in giving outstanding customer service in line with our company values. We pay competitive market rates, have a great range of benefits and give every employees the chance to share in our success. We encourage diversity across our teams, and value the unique skills and experiences each person brings with them.

If you’re a student looking for work in the holidays, we may be able to find you an opportunity within our hotels, events or retail teams. We are multi-sited too, so you don’t have to live in Southwold to work with us!

Get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!

Grow with Us

We are looking for people with a ‘can-do’ attitude. A willingness to learn and a positive attitude are both very important attributes for us.

We provide the opportunity for individuals to grow and develop, whether that be by sponsoring short courses all the way through to a full MBA.

We also offer apprenticeship placements. Please contact us for further details on our apprenticeship schemes.

Share our success

Every person who works with us has the chance to share in our company’s success. We view everyone as having a customer-facing role – from drayman to chairman and our aim is simple – to delight every customer every time!

We pay a profit related bonus and every employee is eligible to receive free shares in our company after a period of five years from joining. Each one of us is invested in our company’s future.

We offer a wide range of benefits including holiday pay, a pension-scheme, discounts in our shops and hotels, life assurance policies and discounted holistic treatments. You can find out more by speaking with a member of our Human Resources team.

We support the Armed Services

Adnams is proud to support The Armed Services Corporate Covenant

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