Large bar and tasting area stick onto the front of their priduction facility. Live music on Sunday when I visited, but I just missed fiid since they stop serving at 18:00. Large selection of their beers on cask and keg, and some guests. Young staff were great at guiding me through the beer list, and they looked like they were having lots of fun, dancing to the music and keeping everyone entertained. Beers were in good condition. No flights, but they did do thirds. Fantastic place.
If you want to try a wide range of Hawkshead beers, then you can’t do any better than the Beer Hall. It’s a big open plan bar with plenty of room for relaxing. There were a few too many children wandering around at times during the aftenoon, but what can you do. Most of the Hawkshead beers are pretty good. There were plenty on keg and cask along with a couple of guests. There was also a decent bottle selection with even more beers plus a good range of interesting guests. The prices for the Hawkshead beers were excellent and the was no surcharge for drinking the bottles in. I can’t imagine there’s anywhere better in Cumbria.
Visited this fine beer emporium for a "Sunday Session" (see their website). Fine selection of their own beers and other bottled stuff. Busy, but easy to get served by the friendly and knowledgeable staff Two things had an impact on my enjoyment: 1) Bored toddlers who’s parents were dug in and enjoying the beer too much to realise that the kids had long since reached the limit of their attention span. 2) The session, which is an implied Go-as-you-please appeared to be a bunch of locals performing barely competent versions of popular tunes for the benefit of their mates. Be warned. Nice beer though.
Visited the brewpub and the brewery 2 jan 2015. Nice pub with their own beers on tap, a small store, where you also can buy other beers, f.e. Belgian trappist chimay and stuff like t-shirts.Decent prices in the shop. Nice atmosphere and nice small food.
Beautiful modern but cool building which is laid out for comfort. The food is adventurous and good even if some of the battered offerings has been taken a touch far. Pleasant and friendly service. On a minor point it would be nice to see one or two one off brews on the taps. Great though. Need more places like these.
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).