Delavals and the National Trust
Working together in 2013, we created the
National Trust Beer Club; to help support small British brewers who often struggle to sell profitably through traditional high street or supermarket chains. This was a first for the National Trust and probably the most innovative licensing agreement in their history!
Today, we are proud to be the only licensed brewer to the National Trust; supplying a number of fine real ales to many of their gift-shops and cafes:
In 2010, having spent countless hours researching the historic brewing traditions of the Delaval family of Seaton Delaval Hall in North East England, together we launched ‘Seaton Delaval Hall Pale Ale‘ – our very first ale. Later that year we braved the snow to launch our second ale this time inspired by Souter Lighthouse.
In 2012, together we created the Great British Beer Collection (right) to celebrate the changing seasons and showcase four quintessentially British beer styles:
Best Bitter, Golden Ale, Amber Ale and Stout.
We will continue to work closely with the National Trust to preserve our rich brewing heritage by supporting small British producers and creating fine real ales that help promote and celebrate our great landmarks.
The Delavals Team
Delavals was founded by David Gilfillan in 2010. David (centre) 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 (2nd from right) to bring their first ale to market
Since then, Delavals has grown quickly; launching a range of beers and moving to new premises in 2014. Crucially, we have added several new members to the team.
Today, we are keen to grow the National Trust Beer Club and expand our range of quality real ales – each with it’s own special link to the past.
“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.” David Gilfillan
“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.” John Gilfillan
Winner of Small Business of the Year – 2014
We are delighted to have won ‘Small Business of the Year – 2014′ at the recent Northumberland Business Awards.
The award is a great accolade for all the team and their hard work over the last 12 months.
A Little History and Insight into our Company Name
Throughout the 18th century, the Delaval family owned a number of breweries across the region. The largest being the brewery at the former Glass Works in Seaton Sluice.
Most are now lost, but the Brew House on the estate of Seaton Delaval Hall itself still remains.
Learning that beer was once brewed on the estate inspired an ambition to return a working brewery to the Brew House at the Hall and thus; ‘Delavals’ was born.
Over our first year, we pieced together some of the historic ales brewed by the family. From the original wells that supplied the water to the days of the week that brewing took place. With the help of the research group, no stone was left unturned.
Since then, the full brewing history of Delavals has been uncovered and we hope to continue the family’s fine brewing traditions for many more years to come!