Surprised by the number of breweries in Greater London

I was in a pub last night discussing the staggering number of English breweries. 1800 or so on our site, and then got onto the number in Greater London. I always thought it was a big number, but everyone was surprised how few breweries there were based on the population of England compared to that of Greater London.

So I have done a quick table showing population per brewery for each county. I was surprised which came out top.

Country / Region Breweries Population Population per Brewery
Cumbria 40 498,888 12,472
Rutland 3 39,697 13,232
Derbyshire 73 1,053,316 14,429
Cornwall 37 568,210 15,357
Herefordshire 12 192,107 16,009
North Yorkshire 67 1,158,816 17,296
Northumberland 18 320,274 17,793
Norfolk 49 903,680 18,442
Suffolk 39 758,556 19,450
Devon 60 1,194,166 19,903
Shropshire 25 498,073 19,923
Gloucestershire 64 1,379,607 21,556
Warwickshire 26 571,010 21,962
West Yorkshire 102 2,320,214 22,747
East Sussex 36 844,985 23,472
West Sussex 36 858,852 23,857
Wiltshire 30 720,060 24,002
Staffordshire 47 1,131,052 24,065
Nottinghamshire 47 1,154,195 24,557
Worcestershire 24 592,057 24,669
Northamptonshire 30 747,622 24,921
Oxfordshire 26 687,524 26,443
Durham 32 866,846 27,089
Dorset 28 772,268 27,581
Cheshire 38 1,059,271 27,876
Cambridgeshire 29 852,523 29,397
Lancashire 50 1,498,300 29,966
East Yorkshire 20 600,259 30,013
Somerset 32 965,424 30,170
South Yorkshire 46 1,402,918 30,498
Tyne and Wear 36 1,136,371 31,566
Greater Manchester 79 2,812,569 35,602
Kent 51 1,846,478 36,205
Leicestershire 28 1,053,486 37,625
Essex 47 1,832,752 38,995
Linconshire 27 1,087,659 40,284
Buckinghamshire 20 808,666 40,433
Hampshire 45 1,844,245 40,983
Hertfordshire 26 1,184,365 45,553
Berkshire 20 911,403 45,570
Greater London 192 8,899,375 46,351
Isle of Wight 3 141,538 47,179
Merseyside 30 1,423,065 47,436
Surrey 25 1,189,934 47,597
West Midlands 56 2,916,458 52,080
Bedfordshire 11 669,338 60,849
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For London to have the English average number of breweries per person it would need to have close to 300 breweries.

Surrey’s stats may possibly be slightly better because the last time I looked one commissioner was still showing a West Sussex address. But they’re not a real brewery are they. And not surprised to see how poor the results are - it’s all sparkly wine and Coors Lite around here.

The guy who does London Beer Guide only includes physical brewries but he also includes breweries more than once if they have more than one brewery location.

No surprises here for me !

2 things to consider ….

i) rent in London … has never been that many breweries historically due to land cost when compared to other regions and also take into account land mass compared to say Lincolnshire or one of the quarterised Yorkshires.

ii) when I moved to London in 2002 there were maybe 5 or 6 breweries in G London. Has any other region expanded as rapidly in the past 15 or so years?

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Can’t believe how low the population of Buckinghamshire is. I’m sure more people than that try to go through Wycombe’s Handy Cross junction each night.

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Handy Cross ……… w@nk junction !!!

Kent has gone from 10 breweries just over 10 years ago to 50. As always some are better than others.

I have always stated that ‘Shropshire has too many breweries for the population’.

It sits mid-table with one brewery per 19,923 people according to the list. I stand by my belief that it’s too many for all of them to make a decent living and survive in the long term.

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Originally from London (family still there) so go back pretty often, so not surprised here. Seems always a new brewery popping up whenever back visiting. Long may it continue :slight_smile:

Bedfordshire is pretty surprising!

Did Charles Wells do a Whitbred-like tour of destruction in the region?

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Just spotted that there is now a 4th brewery on the Isle of Wight: Boojum & Snark in Sandown. Looks to be a brewpub.

I saw that were planning to open when I was staying in Sandown a couple of months ago, but there’s been precious little info since, at least that I could find…

Their Facebook page features various photos of people with beers, including flights, so looks like it’s open now.

I think they were going to open for the big Beers and Buses (October?) weekend on the island…

My mum likes her beer and is heading to the Isle of Wight for the weekend. I’ve asked her to bring back a few bottle so fingers crossed.

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I’ve only had a quick look, but I think the bar is open but not the brewery.