In December 2009, thanks to a tremendous fundraising effort, we saved Seaton Delaval Hall for the public to enjoy forever.
30,000 people were involved in the activities to save the Hall and today we're committed to involving the local community which played such a key role in the campaign.
At beginning of 2010, having spent many hours researching the brewing traditions of the Delaval family, Delavals approached us with a view to working in partnership to re-create an ale based on the ‘Small Beer’ once brewed on the estate.
Guided by the research team and supported by National Trust staff and volunteers, in October 2010 together we launched ‘Seaton Delaval Hall Pale Ale’.
Since then our partnership has continued to grow from strength to strength and Delavals are now one of our trusted licensed partners with four beers in their range. Working closely with us they continue to help preserve our rich local history by producing a range of finely crafted real ales that celebrate our great national landmarks.
Delavals was founded by David Gilfillan in 2010. David came up with the idea after visiting Seaton Delaval Hall and learning that the Delaval family used to brew their own beer on-site in the 18th century.
Many hours were spent researching and testing before David joined forces with his brother John to bring their first ale to market.
Since then, Delavals has grown quickly and today they are keen to expand their range of quality real ales – each with it’s own special link to the past.
Both brothers know the Hall well having grown up in Blyth just a few miles from the Hall itself. David Gilfillan said:
“Like most people I am proud of our great regional landmarks. We have a rich local history and we need to preserve it. Our ales help to do this.”
John continues: “Quality is paramount to Delavals and is synonymous with the National Trust. This is why we go the extra mile to make sure every pint is the best it can be.”
Delavals ales are made using only the freshest natural ingredients. They use no preservatives or additives and wherever possible their ingredients and packaging come from sustainable sources. For example, they use hops from one of the last remaining traditional hop gardens in the country; the National Trust’s Little Scotney Farm.
Seaton Delaval Hall Pale Ale
A classic English pale ale with a modern twist, Seaton Delaval Hall is light in colour, crisp and refreshing to taste with a hoppy aroma and a lovely dry finish. Based on an 18th century recipe for 'Small Beer' once brewed in the Brew House at Seaton Delaval Hall.
Souter Lighthouse Best Bitter
A traditional English best bitter, Souter Lighthouse is a well rounded copper-coloured ale, bittersweet with a little malt and rich fruity aromas. Inspired by the lighthouse being the first in the world to use electricity, we decided to create this brilliant copper-coloured ale to light up your glass.
Lindisfarne Castle Dark Ale
A dark ale with an Elizabethan twist, Lindisfarne Castle is sweet and malty, made with Hyssop to give a subtle minty chocolate taste and a silky finish. Reviving the use of 'hyssop' - an ancient healing herb used by brewers for almost 3,000 years and almost certainly used in the brewery on Holy Island during its day. Today, we gather the herb from Lindisfarne Castle's wonderful walled garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.
Washington Old Hall Honey Beer
Washington Old Hall is a light, sweet, golden ale made with honey. A tantalising blend of biscuity malt, light floral aromas and warming honey. The Hall's beautiful gardens are home to the bees that provide the inspiration and honey used to make this ale.
More information on the beers can be found on the Delavals website. Please drink responsibly.