Brewing fine ale | Images at St Peters Brewery

Horizontal rain sweeps across the open fields, quiet roads sprinkled with mud wind their way through this peaceful area of Suffolk. Arriving at the crossroads I follow the delicate signs for St Peters, it isn’t long until the ancient and unquestionably beautiful St Peters Hall and thatched barn appear.

The brewery is a hive of activity. Forklift trucks swing out of the barn loading boxes of the distinct oval bottled beer onto the waiting lorry, the chalk board is out advertising the popular weekend brewery tours, while distant sounds of glass clinking on the production line leave me in little doubt this is one busy brewery.

I feel rather ashamed to admit to Colin Cordy, the managing director of St Peters Brewery, that as a local Suffolk resident this is my first visit to the wonderful hidden little gem of St Peters. I’ve often passed your signs while I’ve been out riding I say to Colin who has clearly heard that tale before.

“The rural nature of our brewery means we are a little off the beaten track, our customers appreciate the quietness, uniqueness and beauty of our location, we like to think it’s certainly worth the trip”………….

Three months ago I had the pleasure of visiting St Peters Brewery in Suffolk.

Working on a feature piece for Suffolk Magazine, I popped along and met the head brewer Steve Groves, who took me on a behind the scenes tour of this unique brewery. The feature will be in Suffolk magazine shortly….

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit
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