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We are delighted to announce that we have exchanged contracts on a 1.6 acre site in Ashford town centre for the development of a brewery for our fast-growing beer and cider business, Curious Drinks.
Planning submissions have now been made for a state-of-the-art brewery and visitor attraction in the heart of Ashford in Kent. Situated next to Ashford International railway station, the brewery site is just
38 minutes from London Kings Cross and less than two hours from Paris city centre. We have appointed RIBA award-winning Kent architect and interior designers, Guy Holloway Architects, who will be working alongside regeneration specialist and developer, U+I. The multi-million pound brewery will form part of a wider mixed-use regeneration project close to Ashford International train station.
Earlier this year, we raised raised £1.7m through a Seedrs equity crowdfunding campaign and share placing for Curious Drinks. The campaign, which closed in February, offered a comprehensive package of shareholder benefits and attracted 895 investors. Almost a third of investments came from our home county of Kent demonstrating the support from the local community.
Demand for Curious Drinks, a premium range of beer and cider, continues to increase with sales growth of 50% in 2015. Demand is being driven from top end restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as in the premium off trade where Curious Brew lager is the best-selling British craft beer in Majestic Wine.