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17 Jun 2019

Southeastern partners with Curious Brewing to celebrate Ashford brewery opening

Southeastern partners with Curious Brewing to celebrate Ashford brewery opening: Curious Brewery 5

Southeastern has partnered with Curious Brewing to surprise and delight passengers travelling on the network with an experiential sampling campaign, in celebration of its state-of-the-art brewery opening in Ashford.

During the summer Southeastern passengers have the opportunity to sample Curious beers courtesy of the Curious customised Land Rover Defender which converts into a mobile bar at the press of a button! The pop-up bar will be visiting a number of stations across the Southeastern network including Whitstable, Tunbridge Wells and Deal.

Curious Brewing was established in 2011 and their new brewery opened its doors on 10th May. As well as the brewery there is also a shop, bar and restaurant which is already proving extremely popular with the public. Their decision to open the new brewery in Ashford was in part based on the benefits associated with being within just 5 minutes’ walk from Southeastern’s High Speed line, at Ashford International.

Southeastern’s High Speed line celebrates its 10th Year of service in autumn of 2019. Over the past decade, the railway has helped more passengers explore Kent, and significantly contributed to the tourism economies in towns such as Margate.

Nikki Causer Marketing Manager at Southeastern said:

We are delighted that Curious Brewery has partnered with us on this experiential activity, it’s fantastic that Curious are offering passengers an ice cold beer as they step off the train and their feedback has been great.  As our High Speed line marks a decade of faster and more accessible travel in 2019, we are proud to support local businesses and help them to connect their products and services with those living, working and exploring the South East.”

Gareth Bath Managing Director at Beer & Cider said:

 “We are delighted to be working with SE on bringing brewery fresh beer to commuters at the end of the working day, and visitors to Kent perhaps less familiar with our beer and our new cathedral of brewing in Ashford. Keep an eye out on our social channels for details of when our #freshbeerdefender will be popping up at your local SE station. We will be humbled to reward your curiosity with our English premium beer, made with our unique winemakers twist. You’ll also have the chance to talk to our team and learn more about the beer and our tourism offers at the brewery.”

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About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating over 2000 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers a day, serving 176 stations and covering 540-miles of railway infrastructure.

Southeastern is owned by Govia, a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent). Govia is the most enduring partnership between transport operators delivering rail franchises in this country.

It is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for 28.7 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its four rail companies, Southern, Southeastern, Govia Thameslink Railway and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at: Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors.

Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management.

About Curious Brewing

  • Chapel Down Group PLC is one of the UK's most exciting drinks companies. Making award-winning sparkling wines, still wines, spirits, beers and ciders.
    Chapel Down produces award-winning beers & cider and ciders under the Curious Brewing brand.  Their reason for being is to inspire people to stay curious. To question. To celebrate. To smile more. And to never graduate from the school of life. They craft premium quality alcoholic beverages, using just the very best ingredients sourced from their vineyards and the south of England.
  • The Curious Brewery opened in May 2019 and is located in the centre of Ashford, Kent, a 5 minute walk from Ashford International train station. It is open daily to visitors.
  • The Curious Brewery product range is listed nationally in Majestic, Waitrose and Tesco, as well as in many of the UK’s finest restaurants and bars. 
  • Curious Brewery is the official beer and cider supplier to the Donmar Warehouse and London Symphony Orchestra, it’s products are also served at The National Portrait Gallery, Royal Festival Hall and the Southbank Centre.


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