Best real ale pub in the Lakes?
I wonder how long it is since some folk have been to some of the places they mention?Posted 5 years ago
The Bitter End in Cockermouth (my home town) did away with the stools at the bar to discourage drinkers and tried to sell more expensive food.
The 1761 is nice, but can be hit-or-miss depending on what guest ales they have on. The Castle Bar over the road sells all real ales for £2 a pint on sunday afternoons (12-6). 😀
I think the food at the Prince of Wales (Foxfield) is possibly the worst I’ve ever had. I was gagging whilst eating it, but tried to force it down as I’d had nothing else to eat all day! I would and have gone back for the beer though.tomasoSubscriber
A lot depends on where you are riding as its more of a question of what is the best pub at the end of my ride in Elterwater, Kentmere, Grizedale, Borrowdale etc.
Pedantry aside I would concur with many who have recommended pubs with breweries – Watermill at Ings, Hawkshead Brewery at Stavely, Drunken Duck at Barngates all mentioned but the Ship Inn in Greenod is a cracking pub and the young brewer is often serving and happy to chat about his beer and seems really pleased with any feedback. The Ship has also been modernised recently and is a bit less old granny.
I was in the Britannia Inn at Elterwater last night and the beer was excellent and there were 5 or 6 decent beers on. Food is quite good too.
The Mill at Ulverston is quite good and serves Lancaster Breweries beers and plenty of others.Posted 5 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
The Boot Inn, Boot, Eskdale. Actually if you go during the Boot Beer Festival (which i do) then you’ve got two very good pubs and one ok-ish pub all within staggering distance of each other.
Word of warning though, don’t take in the ride over to Burnmoor Tarn via Mitedale then drink the strongest cider you can buy at the Woolpack Inn – not unless you want to fall off your bike on the way back to the campsite 😳Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
d45yth – Member
I wonder how long it is since some folk have been to some of the places they mention?
Feb this year – not been back since leaving the country though.
Bitter End was still doing good food then and good beer. Used to mainly go week nights for a bite to eat and few beers.
1761 always seemed good when I was in there.
Castle was OK but seemed more into their larger 🙁
Anyway by the sound of most of the replies the lakes still ends just past Bassenthwaite so will still be quiet in Cockermouth.Posted 5 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
I was about to ask if you were around these parts Tommy!
The Mill in Ulverston is, indeed, where the bloke from the Black Dog has wound up. Great pub, and about 200m from my front door 😉 Also The Swan in Ulverston is superb.
Eagle and Child in Stavely used to be a favourite haunt. Not made it to The Watermill as yet, superb place though I have heard. There are so many great pubs in the Lakes though – just avoid anything saying “Robinsons” on the sign 😉Posted 5 years agosparksmcguffSubscriber
Oh excellent question Ton. Am on a bit of a mission to drink my way around all Lake pubs with micro-breweries and any decent looking real ale establishment.
Favourite pub/micro brewery beer so far is the Black Bull in Coniston. However, it is an idiosyncratic type of place (I love it, the OH walked in and straight out). Favourite pub Eagle and Child in Stavely. If you run out of beer you can always head up to the Hawkshead brewery (good beer, corporate ambience) in the station yard (next to Wilfs Cafe).
Overrated pub/micro-brewer/beer is the Barngate Brewery.
Underrated beer Stringers XB (also love Ulverston Brewing cos Laughing Gravy).
However, favourite Lakeland pub has got to be the Tower Bank arms in near Sawrey. Excellent well kept beer, good food, lovely location and a landlord that isn’t overly friendly but takes very good care of his customers. (Also the last place I ever shared a pint with my dad).
Been to all of these in the last 18 months.Posted 5 years agozokesMember
As others have said, Prince of Wales in Foxfield, Eagle and Child in Staveley, The Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank, the Watermill at Ings. Another good one was in Gosford I think near Wasdale – very very good and a microbrewery too I think.
To be fair, it’s not a difficult question to answer – there are lots of good pubs with decent beer. If the one you’re in is crap, the next one probably won’t be!Posted 5 years ago
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