Home to the highest concentration of small breweries in Great Britain, the Lake District is full to the brim of incredible quality real ales and the likes. Take our word for it, we offer local ales in our bars at all of the South Lakes Hotels and they're very popular indeed. Here's our guide to where you might discover your new favourite brewed beverage.
“Distinctive, flavourful and modern beers” is what you can expect to find at the Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall. A team of 5 make up to 120 barrels of the delicious stuff per week and deliver all across the North. Since 2002, Hawkshead Brewery have “furthered the renaissance of British Brewing” and are one of the most successful independent breweries. They have a bar open daily where real ales, craft beers and lagers are waiting to be enjoyed.
An award winning micro-Brewery, home of the famous Laurel and Hardy themed beers in Cumbria. With awards from both CAMRA and Taste Cumbria, Ulverston Brewing Company allows their visitors to observe the process of converting the ingredients into their full-of-flavour pints, which are available in their ‘Laughing Gravy Bar’, so named after one of their darker ales. The Laughing Gravy Bar is currently open to pre-booked parties.
A small Brewing Company where quality and environmental issues are at its heart. They work together with Nurture Lakeland to look after the Red Squirrel, and every time someone takes a tour they donate 10p to their conservation projects! At Keswick Brewing Co., their beers are produced with great pride by passionate brewers and include 4 regular beers and both seasonal and special beers.
“Quality without compromise” is what the owners at this award-winning Lakeland real ale pub go by. Only using the finest ingredients in their beers, the Watermill Brewing Company brew everything on site from their ‘Windermere Blonde’ pale ale to ‘Dog’th Vader’, a stout with attitude. The Watermill Inn and Brewery is located in Ings near Windermere and have a few of their real ales under their ‘Windermere Brewery’ label.
Situated out back of the Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside is the Barngates Brewery, first founded in 1997 as an experiment to supply the Inn with its own beers. In present day, it now produces up to 30 barrels a week and is distributed all around the Lake District. They produce 7 regular beers, each named after one of the Inn’s many former pets. For example, you can experience the malty taste of ‘Red Bull Terrier’ or the citrusy ‘Mothbag’.
Run by Ian Bradley, the Coniston Brewing Co. produces the excellent quality beers with pure waters of Coniston Hills, the finest challenger hops and “wonderfully roasted”pale and crystal malts. If you visit, you must try their award-winning session beer ‘Bluebird Bitter’, which received the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain award in 1998 at the Great British Beer Festival Olympia London. In more recent years, it still continues to receive accolades.
One of the largest micro-breweries in the North West of England. Lancaster Brewery started with humble beginnings and eventually built itself up to reach production capacity in 2009. It has continued to thrive since then, even milling its own malted barley, and uses the best ingredients to brew the delicious beers. They produce core ales, seasonal ales and ciders. Besides the brewery itself and the shop, you can find the Brewhouse & Tap where a bar can be found, and functions and events can be held.