The locals in Wisbech, North Cambridgeshire are very lucky to have their very own brewery, Elgoods of Wisbech. Not only is it a wonderful brewery to visit, there is also a four acre garden, with 200 year old specimen trees, plus herbaceous borders, a lake, rockery, walled gardens and a wonderful maze. We paid a visit last Sunday afternoon as they were holding a Jazz Festival, it was the first time they had held one and it was very enjoyable But the best part of the visit for me, not being quite as much a jazz fan as my husband, was the pure joy of having the gardens to myself.
The Brewery stands on the ‘North Brink’ of the River Nene and has thrived for over 200 years. Built in 1795 this classic Georgian Brewery and gardens virtually remained unaltered until the Second World War, when the beautiful Victorian garden was destroyed and given over to the growing vegetables for the war effort. After the war the land was grassed over, but in 1993 some old photographs of the pre war garden came to light and a decision was made to re-landscape. The wonderful ancient trees still remained, so the garden has taken shape from them and over the following years has become a truly wonderful garden that must rival the past.
I had a lovely time just wandering about the garden in the sunshine and if you are ever in Wisbech visiting Peckover House, remember to make an extra visit to the Brewery and its wonderful gardens, you will not be disappointed. Please check their website for opening times etc at www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk