Our History

1777

Charles Hall, a Dorset farmer, founded a brewery in the Dorset village of Ansty to provide beer to General Clinton’s troops who were stationed on the south coast before being shipped to America to fight the pesky Colonialists.

1859

Charles Hall’s son, Robert Hall died and rather than lease his share to his Brother Charles’ family who were apathetic towards brewing, he left it to his partner Edward Woodhouse, who became sole owner.

1875

Edward Woodhouse expanded the business considerably by buying public houses; thereby adding profitable outlets for is beer. When he died his sons, George, Edward and Alfred took over the brewery as partners. The Badger was first used as a trade mark in this year.

1943

Harold Woodhouse (grandfather of Mark and David) died during a bombing raid on Blandford camp. H&W was again supplying troops, this time Americans who were based in Dorset ahead of the Nomandy Invasion in 1944.

1957

Sunparlour Soft Drinks established to manufacture carbonated drinks. The company was named after a winning racehorse owned by John Woodhouse’s wife.

1968

Jock Woodhouse joined the company full time and took over the soft drinks operation, overseeing major expansion of the factory including launching a new brand, Panda Pops. Panda Pops were produced in small glass bottles and many generations grew up with colourful, fun, fizzy drinks.

1985

The first high speed canning line was installed, capable of filling 100 cans per minute. This was required to keep up with the demand for Badger and Skona in the take-home market. After a period of expansion in production and consolidation in the pub estate, the 80’s saw the start of a major pub acquisition programme.

1987

With the growing popularity of lager, the company sought a continental bier to brew under license. The brewery that owned the biggest pub in the world, the Hofbrauhaus in Munich was an obvious choice. The license to brew Hofbrau in the UK was signed by the first non-family Managing Director, David Hart.

1990

The 5th generation of Woodhouse’s, David and Mark joined the Board.

2000

Horsham brewer, King and Barnes, was acquired along with its 55 tenanted houses in Sussex. The estate increased to 250 houses, one hundred managed, the remainder tenanted. David Woodhouse took over as Managing Director and David Hart became chairman.

2001

A new dual purpose bottling and canning line was installed. Also the racking cellar was relocated with new equipment at a total cost of £1.5 million.

2005

The Panda brand was sold to Vimto producers J N Nichols. The new Badger wins double gold at the Brewing Industry International Awards. The Tesco Beer Challenge is won for a record third time. The Badger Sett captures leading regional brewer position in take home market.

2009

David Woodhouse dies, Anthony and Mark take over as joint Managing Directors.

2010

Lord Rockley, Chairman for 9 years, is succeeded by Mark Woodhouse. Anthony takes over as sole Managing Director. The traditional tenancy agreement is replaced by a market leading Business Partner Agreement. The 49th running of the Badger Chase, the second oldest sponsored race, was won by Meanus Dandy owned by Mark & Theresa Woodhouse.

2011

Work started on a new brewery with a capacity to produce 150,000 hectolitres at a cost of £5m. Consumer Goods Professionals cement Take home’s position as the leading independent family brewer in the supermarket trade.

2017

We are now owned and run by the seventh generation of the Woodhouse family, with Anthony Woodhouse (Managing Director) and Mark Woodhouse (Chairman) at the helm. We’re proud to be the leading independent regional brewer in the South of England, boasting an established pub estate of 52 Managed properties and 132 Business Partnerships.

Our Values

Hall & Woodhouse is a values-led business. Our values were established by exploring the things we are proud of and our successes both in the past and the present. There are certain common threads, common values underpinning them. It is these common threads, these values that will also underpin Hall & Woodhouse’ success in the future. It is important to recognise that these are not new, not plucked out of thin air because they sounded good, but are rooted in our past, active in our present and will drive our success in the future.

“Whenever I have to make a decision I try to hold it up to our values and ask ‘does it fit with them?”

Mark Woodhouse (Chairman, 2010)

Ambition

We can always do things better

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without dedication one finishes nothing.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dedication

We strive to be brilliant at what we do

Once we set our minds to achieve something we will do it as well as it can be done – with pride and passion. We are uncompromisingly dedicated to the quality of our beer and Public Houses.

Integrity

We do the right thing

Integrity marks out our path ahead. We will, simply, do the right thing, be honest and open and stick to our word. If we have integrity, nothing else matters but if we don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.

Kindess

We treat others as they want to be treated

Kindness is at the heart of hospitality, combining compassion and generosity. “Offer ready sympathy and do acts of thoughtful kindness – be a friend to all.” George Woodhouse (Chairman 1915)

Teamwork

We play as a team to win and have fun

The bedrock of our success – Woodhouses have always worked in Teams. Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve our goals is crucial to our business.

Our Beer

Want to know more about our award winning Badger beer? Meet Toby, our Head Brewer who explains how Badger beer remains the golden thread that runs throughout our business, hence why you’ll only find our award-winning Badger beer in our own pubs.

Our Managed Pubs

Interested in our Managed estate? Take a look around the Duchess of Cornwall Inn. In 2016 her doors were opened by Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Our Business Partnerships

Earlier this year we invited our Business Partners to attend a day at Cowdray Polo Racecourse. We were treated to a picnic lunch from our food solution suppliers, Brakes Bros, and commentary from two of the industry’s best commentators.

Meet The Team

Ben Holden

Business Development Partner (Dorset)

Ben has worked within Hall and Woodhouse for the past 5 years as both a General Manager and a Business Partner. He has a diverse portfolio of direct experience as well as a BA (Hons) in Business and Hospitality Management. Ben is the Business Development Partner for Dorset and East Hampshire.

Chris Gouldson

Business Development Partner (East)

Chris joined Hall and Woodhouse back in 2014 as the Business Development Partner for Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. Chris ran his own tenanted Public House for many years and also worked as a pub co. Regional Manager before moving to Hall and Woodhouse.

Nick Sellick

Business Development Partner (West)

Nick celebrates 25 years of service with Hall and Woodhouse this year. He has an extensive background in the Leisure industry and vast knowledge of the tenanted trade. Nick is the Business Development Partner for the West counties covering Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Wiltshire.

Pete Broomfield

Business Development Partner (South)

Pete joined Hall and Woodhouse in 2009 as the Admin Support Manager for Business Partnerships. He has vast experience within the tenanted trade, particularly supporting new Business Partners through the recruitment process. Pete is the Business Development Partner for Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire.

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