This picturesque village, situated 9 miles from Banbury and 6 miles from the market town of Chipping Norton, is known to its local population simply as ‘Hooky’ and is synonymous with the ale produced there. Hook Norton had many thriving ironstone quarries, and whilst the railway which helped serve the same has long since disappeared, the tall stone pillars which supported two railway viaducts can still be seen to the south of the village. Hook Norton is most known for its thriving brewery, which started up over 150 years ago, with its famous steam engine that has powered most of the machinery in the brewery since 1899. The brewery has its own museum and visitors’ centre, and still supplies traditional ales to many pubs in the area. The village has a true community spirit with a large number of local events including an annual Beer Festival.