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4th May 2023

Arkell’s Brewery release special brew to toast the King

To mark the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III, Arkell’s Brewery have released a special dark ale.  The beer is described as a smooth, chocolatey, traditional style, dark ale with a surprising light easy drinking body, brewed using traditional methods in their Victorian brewery.

The 4.5% ABV limited edition brew ‘Coronation Ale’ will be available on draught at Arkell’s pubs and is also on sale at Arkell’s Grape & Grain Wine & Brewery Warehouse, available to the public as individual bottles, in a six-bottle celebratory gift case or a pack of 8 X 500ml.

Brewed to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on the 6th May 2023, Arkell’s pubs are excited to bring their community together with a variety of activities and encourage customers to raise a glass of Coronation Ale along with them in celebration of this momentous occasion.

George Arkell, Managing Director said “Pubs are the bedrocks of communities across the country and we hope customers over the coronation weekend enjoy the celebrations and come together at their local, with family and friends to toast His Majesty the King with Arkell’s special Coronation Ale; it is a fantastic beer for a memorable event.”

Commenting on the beer, Alex Arkell, Head Brewer said: “In keeping with our long tradition of celebrating royal milestones over our 180 years of brewing we are extremely proud to release this Coronation Ale to honour our King as he is formally crowned.  We have in fact celebrated 6 other Monarchs coming to the throne since 1843, the first of course being Victoria, which is when we built our Victorian brewery.  We’ll be sending some of the bottled beer to King Charles III and Queen Camilla, with many happy memories of the visit of Her Majesty to the Brewery in January 2018.”

The Arkell family have long enjoyed marking royal milestones.  In 1953 Sir Noel Arkell, High Sheriff of Wiltshire at that time, attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, he also carried out the opening of Queen’s Park, Swindon in honour of the Queen’s coronation.  For many years Arkell’s have brewed commemorative ales such as The Queen Mother’s Birthday Ale, as well as Golden and Platinum Jubilee Ales in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.


Notes to Editor: For further info. contact: Helen Ryan at Arkell’s Brewery on 01793 823026, 07972 155 303 or email

Arkell’s Brewery was established in 1843 by John Arkell. Arkell’s is Swindon’s oldest business, and one of just 29 family breweries left in the UK.  Arkell’s has 180 years in the brewery business and has four members of the Arkell’s family still remaining at the helm: Chairman James Arkell; his cousin Nick Arkell, Head of Sales, and James’ sons George, and Alex Arkell are Managing Director and Head Brewer respectively.

The Arkell family work at the brewery alongside generations of other local families, brewing real ale and looking after nearly 100 pubs across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. Arkell’s ales include Award-winning beers such as Wiltshire Gold, 3B, and Hoperation IPA. Special ales are brewed regularly, with Head Brewer, Alex Arkell, keeping the art of craft ale alive, offering drinkers new tastes and flavours all hand crafted in their brewery.

Contact: Helen Ryan at Arkell’s Brewery on 01793 823026, 07972 155 303 or email