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cgarvieuk (151) Edinburgh , Scotland | January 22, 2012
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Great beer hall atached to the Hawkshead brewery. Good selection of there own beers,wonderful bottle selection. Great atmosphere
Boudicca (570) London, England | January 8, 2012
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A purpose built beer hall adjoining the brewery.
The Beer Hall is part of the Hawkshead brewery, which relocated in 2006 to a purpose built unit on a small industrial estate in Staveley where its neighbours include craft shops and cafés.
It’s a very modern, light wood, open plan space with two huge steel fermenters by the door and a gallery upstairs from which you can wander into the brewery itself. It’s a bit clinical and has a feeling of being not quite finished although the brewery is a bustling place and Hawkshead beers seem to be finding their way to an ever expanding catchment area. I noticed that the office has a map on the wall showing places to which they deliver.
There are 16 taps in the Beer Hall with all the Hawkshead beers and their Lakeland Lager plus Veltins. They have a good bottle list featuring Belgian and American beers and they also serve a house whisky (Bladnoch) and wines from small independent growers. There’s an interesting menu of “tapas”, which caused chaos and confusion as we’d been expecting an array of Spanish dishes rather than nouvelle cuisine with a distinctive English twist offered in small portions ideal for sharing. No matter, as the food was very tasty.
There’s a small “shop” at the back of the hall - really just a small storage room – with an impressive array of interesting bottles from various UK microbreweries such as Kernel, Thornbridge, Mallinsons, Buxton, St Austell, Harviestoun and Williams Brothers as well as some from the better Belgian breweries. The prices were good; for example, all the Hawshead bottles were £2, except for the Lakeland Lager which was £1.60.
(Visited 24 October 2011).
pivnizub (455) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | November 2, 2010
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The official brewery tap of the gorgeous Hawkshead Brewery, well hidden in an industrial estate in the village of Staveley, just a few steps off the road connecting Kendal and Windermere; a - literally - first floor beer hall, offering most of the Hawkshead brews either on tap or in bottles, closed for private parties in the evenings. Festivals are held twice ayear. A must, when You are touring the Lake District!
TheGrandMaster (105) Auckland, New Zealand | August 12, 2009
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I really like the Beer Hall concept, where you can bring in food from the surrounding outlets.
hughie (25) Bedford, England | August 11, 2009
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Stopped off here on the way to a brief break in Ambleside. Nice quiet place with a fascinating view of the brewery. I had a decent tuna roll, but the choice of food was wide and tempting. Very good foreign selection and most of the Hawkshead beers either bottled or on tap. Pity it doesn’t open in the evenings.
RichardW (33) Carlisle, England | July 24, 2009| Updated October 30, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Revisited July 2011, for the SIBA champions beer fest, after initial visit during their SIBA 2009 Champions festival. Wow! They’ve added another (main) bar downstairs and it’s fantastic and a great compliment to the original river bar, which now serves as a function room, which can be hired out. English style Tapas now served (and very tasty too) in the new bar. Modern, airy, comfortable and Hawkshead’s fine beers on tap, they hold festivals at various times of the year too. Food can be ordered from one of the many fine independent outlets in Mill Yard. Fully stocked bar, offering a good range of European beers, wines and spirits. A must if you’re in the Lake District.
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