We use cookies to improve your experience on this site. By viewing our pages, you give us consent to use cookies. Find out more.

Catering, Food and Drink

Delavals - National Trust Beer Club

Status: Expired

Feb 4th 2015 - Jan 22nd 2016

Delavals (Brewers) Ltd is a company based in the North East of England and is operated by two brothers, John and David Gilfillan. The Company recently won the ‘Small Business of the Year 2014’ award at the Northumberland Business Awards.

The inspiration for the business was the purchase of Seaton Delaval Hall (in Northumberland) by the National Trust in 2009. The Hall had a history of brewing over 200 years ago and provided the inspiration for Delavals first beer – Seaton Delaval Hall Pale Ale (4.3% ABV) – which is based on a 200 year old recipe once brewed at the Hall (adapted for today’s palate). 

In order to begin the process of turning the business from a lifestyle entity into a commercial business, Delavals became an official licencee of the National Trust in 2012 for an initial period of 2 years and in Q2 2014 a new longer term licence was agreed. Out of approximately 1,200 breweries in the UK, there is only one officially licenced National Trust brewer & that is Delavals.

The Company has the sole and exclusive licence to operate the National Trust Beer Club which it both created and ‘soft’ launched in September 2013. The address for the website is www.nationaltrustbeerclub.co.uk - this website is fully functional, has over 200 different beers from over 50 breweries and the Beer Club has members from all over the UK. The Company also supplies National Trust branded beer and has created the National Trust Great British Beer Collection (see image below).

The Company operates from a 2,500 sq.ft unit in Blyth, Northumberland and currently has 4 full time employees.


You need to be registered as an investor to see this
Join Now

read more read less


Log in to comment

Funding progress

More from Catering, Food and Drink

Itasca Wines is a Hampshire-based vineyard and winery that produces fine English wines. The company is raising funds for its contract winemaking facility, to fulfil the growing demand from vineyards. There are over 760 vineyards in the UK currently, 111 have their own winery and only a handful of these provide contract winemaking services to other vineyards. Itasca Wines aims to become a major winemaker and create award-winning wines at Penn Croft. The company planted its first vineyard of 16,000 vines in May 2019 and has featured in Vineyard Magazine in February and May 2019.

Pitch Rated



rating powered by


pledged: 0% days to go: 83 investment: Withheld
CakeDrop is a cake scheduling and delivery platform revolutionising office cake culture. The company's products, it claims, helps save office managers' time, brings teams together, and provides a lucrative route to market for local artisan bakeries. In the wake of Covid-19, the company adapted itself to provide cake by post which has proved to be a profitable move with companies wanting to treat staff at home. CakeDrop sells packages of 5, 12, 25 or 50 cakes, which appear as a credit on a customers' online account for them to schedule for delivery as-and-when required. The company delivers its cakes via zero-emission bikes. It has featured in publications like British Baker Magazine, City AM and Business Daily and has witnessed an 84% repeat purchase rate on packages from 2018 onwards. The company will use the investment to improve its marketing campaign, upgrade its platform, hire staff and boost product development. 
pledged: 83% days to go: 32 investment: £83,926
Stem + Glory is a restaurant chain serving plant-based cuisine. With established sites in Cambridge and London, the company aims to further expand its business across the UK. They also aim to come up with innovative vegan products including 100% plant-based cheese, signature fermented foods, sauces and dressings. The company won the 'Best Vegan Restaurant in London' at Design My Night Awards 2019, the 'Best Restaurant in Cambridge' at British Restaurants Awards 2018, and was termed 'Most Investable Restaurant Concept' at Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), 2020. The company aims to utilise 20% of investment towards the development of its online platform, branding & design, and app development, 30% as capital expenditure, 20% in Public Relations (PR) and marketing, and 30% as working capital.
pledged: 69% days to go: 16 investment: £276,160
Noveltea is a premium alcoholic tea brand launched in Fenwick in April 2017. The company's products are vegan, gluten-free and low in sugar, and manufactured in minimalistic & up-cyclable lifestyle packaging. Thanks to its low-Alcohol by volume (ABV) portfolio, the brand has sold 350,000 bottles since its launch in 2017. The company experienced more than £100,000 worth of sales in April 2020 despite COVID-19 due to smart e-commerce channel utilisation. In 2020, the size of the global alcoholic drinks market is $1.587 trillion and is forecasted to grow by 3.5% (CAGR) over the next three years. The brand aims to become a major contender in this segment and grow its business. The company use the investment to focus on its core markets in the UK, Germany, and China, and enter the USA by 2020.

Pitch Rated


Insufficient Data

rating powered by


pledged: 245% days to go: 14 investment: £368,915
Honestly Good Smoothie Company specialises in making 100% organic pre-portioned smoothie ingredient packets delivered directly to a customer's doorstep. Users can avail their kits via a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly subscription plans. Each recipe is developed by a chef and approved by an independent nutritionist. The ingredients are delivered in ready-to-blend kits in recyclable, compostable, and reusable packaging. The company has more than 25 recipes and has sold over 30,000 smoothie kits. The company has been featured in publications such as Forbes, and Pebble magazine. With the investment, the company aims to introduce re-usable packaging by June 2020, offer more data-driven personalised plans, introduce another 20 recipes, build its digital marketing strategy and subscriber base.

Pitch Rated



rating powered by


pledged: 170% days to go: 8 investment: £85,120

  • £212,550
  • 53%
    of goal



    pledge per investor

    company number

    company status

    Funding rounds
    04 Feb 15 Investing Zone £212,550 / 53%
  • Internet Business Awards Category Award Winner 2015
  • Hertfordshire Business Awards Finalist 2014

As seen in:

  • The Guardian
  • Financial Times
  • Yahoo! Finance
  • The Times
  • The Daily Telegraph