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30th August 2013

Sambrook’s celebrates 5 years by teaming up with the National Trust to create Festival of Craft Beer at Morden Hall Park

Sambrook’s is delighted to announce they will be celebrating their fifth birthday by teaming up with the National Trust’s London Project and Morden Hall Park to create a festival of craft beer, Beer by the River, on Saturday 14th September at Morden Hall Park.  Beer by the River will be a celebration of beer, food and music, with local food producers, entertainers and craft brewers from around the UK.

The first beer festival to be organised at the popular Morden Hall Park – a green oasis in south London that sits alongside the River Wandle – the event will be split into two sessions: 12-5pm and 6pm-11pm. 


Throughout both sessions, there will be a whole host of live acts curated by Artful Badger, the live arts and experiential entertainment company; BBQ from the award-winning Ginger Pig, and seafood and vegetarian options from Clapham-based sustainable fish restaurant, FishClub.

The Artful Badger are pleased to confirm an exciting line up of popular festival bands including:

Session 1 (12 pm – 5 pm)

       London folk duo, Pagoda Sun

       Quirky, modern folk band, Toyface

Session 2 (6 pm – 11 pm)

       Jazz/Ragga/Gypsy punk-rockers, Hallouminati

       New wave, disco punk musicians, Folie Ordinaire

       Skiffle-style sixpiece, The Severed Limb

The cost of each ticket includes 1/3 pint of Sambrook’s specially brewed beer, £5 voucher redeemable against any food produce at the event, a free pint of ale (excluding Sambrook’s special one-off brew), festival glass (non-refundable) and event programme. Children over the age of 3 will receive a free soft drink and ice cream.

From 12pm-5pm, Sambrook’s and The National Trust will be inviting families to enjoy activities, such as face painting and a petting farm from the Deen City Farm; from 6pm-11pm, the festival will be adults only, with live music from local bands.

To celebrate Sambrook’s fifth birthday, Sambrook’s will create a special one-off ale, exclusively brewed for Beer by the River, named Number 5. The beer will be the brewery’s first barley wine and more information about the special brew will be announced soon. The beer will be available to purchase at the festival only.


During each session, Sambrook’s will be serving their range of award-winning ales to revelers, including their full range of cask ales and their popular keg Pale Ale. As a nod towards other new and established brewers who have helped Sambrook’s along the their 5 year journey, a range of carefully selected guest beers will be at Beer by the River for guests (over the age of 18) to try. Breweries so far confirmed include: Tap East, Ramsgate, London Brewing Co (The Bull in Highgate), 5 Points.

Duncan Sambrook, founder of Sambrook’s, comments:

“Reaching five years is a really exciting moment for us, so we wanted to do something big to celebrate and invite everyone who has supported us over the last five years to get involved – either by attending, supplying guest beers for the bar or setting up a stand at the festival.

“Collaborating with the National Trust to create Beer by the River is the perfect fit for us – our brewery is very near to Morden Hall Park and our flagship beer, Sambrook’s Wandle, is named after the River Wandle which runs through the park.”

Limited early bird tickets are available for each session at £17.50 per person (150 are available per session); once early bird tickets are gone, tickets are £19 in advance and £22 on the door. For children over the age of 3, tickets are £5; children under the age of three will receive free entry.

For further information on confirmed acts and entertainment, keep an eye on @beerbytheriver and

How to get there

Phipps Bridge Tramline station is at the end of Morden Hall Park; alternatively, revelers can reach the festival from Morden station (at the end of the Northern line).

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For further information, please contact Anna Shepherd at Story PR ( / 0207 268 6826) or Chloé Nelkin from Chloé Nelkin Consulting ( / 07764 273 219).

About Morden Hall Park

A green oasis giving you a taste of a country estate with a glimpse of agricultural and industrial history.

This tranquil former deer park is one of the few remaining estates that lined the River Wandle during its industrial heyday.

When you step through the gates, you’d be forgiven for imagining yourself to be in the middle of the English countryside. Surrounded by meadows, trees and the gentle sounds of birdsong and running water, the park offers a rare sense of discovery and a chance to get away from it all.

About Sambrook’s

Sambrook’s was founded in Battersea in 2008 by Duncan Sambrook and has grown quickly to become an established UK brewer with a reputation for quality.

Sambrook’s launched in November 2008 after Duncan Sambrook quit his job as a city accountant to pursue his dream of becoming a brewer. Used to drinking locally brewed beers in his home town of Salisbury, he thought provenance-conscious Londoners could do with a local brewery. His co-founder, David Welsh, echoed this belief and together they transformed a warehouse in Battersea into a 20 barrel brewery. David is the previous managing director of the Ringwood Brewery and has been brewing for over 30 years.

To keep up with demand for their products, Sambrook’s has expanded its production in 2012 by 25% allowing the team to brew 50,000 pints a week. The brewery has also expanded to add a new bar and shop to the existing site, opening up access for members to enjoy a pint at the newly opened Boadicea Bar.

At the International Beer Challenge 2013, Sambrook’s won three bronze awards in the Ales category for their Wandle, Pumphouse Pale Ale and Junction ales. At the World Beer Awards in 2012, Sambrook’s Wandle won World Best Bitter under 5% ABV and Best Ale at the Quality Drink Awards 2012.

About The London Project


The London Project brings to life the National Trust’s ten London properties in new ways, increasing our appreciation of the capital with an innovative programme of events and exhibitions spanning arts, culture and the urban ‘green’ environment.  The Project enables the Trust to take an active role in London as, unusually, it also functions beyond the Trust’s own properties, celebrating special places in the whole of the capital with which we can engage.  So far, The London Project has created a mutually-supportive partnership of smaller museums and heritage attractions, supported the annual Open Garden Squares. Weekend and created a GPS-based App to bring alive Soho’s post-war history.  For more information and forthcoming events, see and follow @NTLovesLondon on twitter.


About The National Trust


The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and 300 special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  From former workers’ cottages to the most iconic stately homes, and from mines and mills to theatres and inns, the stories of people and their heritage are at the heart of everything it does.  People of all ages, individuals, schools and communities, get involved each year with its projects, events and working holidays and over 56,000 volunteers help to bring the properties alive for the Trust’s 4 million members.  Find out more at:


The National Trust operates ten properties in London: Ham House, Osterley Park and House, Morden Hall Park, Fenton House, 2 Willow Road, Carlyle’s House, Red House, Rainham Hall, Sutton House and 575 Wandsworth Road plus a working pub The George Inn. 


The National Trust’s partner attractions in London are: Benjamin Franklin House, Danson House, Dr Johnson’s House, The Fan Museum, Foundling Museum, The Freud Museum, Hall Place and Gardens, Handel House Museum, Keats House, Leighton House Museum, Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising and the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.