Coniston Beer Guide: Your Coniston guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Coniston

66 /100
Sun Hotel (Bar)
SUN HOTEL
“On one of a couple of roads that eventually lead up to the Old Man of Coniston walk, the Sun Hotel is a very large freestanding building close to the main centre but slightly uphill. The actual pub at the side of the building on the ground floor is relatively small, but very traditional looking and the type of pub walkers find very welcoming after a trip up the Fells. Their ale selection is pretty good too, offering up a row of constantly changing and mostly local microbrewery produced brews. If the weather allows though you might want to sit out front, with a large split level patio and garden area that offers up some lovely views of the immediate countryside behind Coniston. The restaurant section behind this with its large glass windows would do the same if you end up eating here. You can also stay here, the clue is in its name.“
ManVsBeer 835 days ago
68 /100
Sun Hotel (Bar)
SUN HOTEL
“The best of conistons 4 pubs for variety. Cosy atmosphere inside. Stunning veiw outside. 8 beers on cask mainly from Cumbria. Prices comparable to the rest of the lake district a welcome sight after a day on the fells.“
redders1974 1252 days ago
66 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“ Traditional old English pub in a lovely little town in the lake district. All beers on cask are brewed in house. A good selection available today, approx 10 beers on. Some seating outside, quite close to the road so it is a little noisy. Tasting pours available - 3 thirds for the price of a pint. Beers are of average quality.“
mR_fr0g 1905 days ago
72 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“Nice brewpub in the heart of coniston selection of coniston beers from the brewery out back food was OK and they do carry outs which was handy as we were camping just down the road“
redders1974 1957 days ago
72 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“A lovely old pub which is also a brewpub for the Coniston brewery. A warm atmosphere with good bar food. At least 8 but maybe 10 beers on cask plus 2 on keg. Also was able to buy the bottles I hadn’t had to take away. More places like this please.“
AshtonMcCobb 2278 days ago
64 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“Big old place with the bonus of being a Brewpub and at the end of a walk that finished over the top of the Old Man. Amazingly touristy on this side of the hill but welcoming all the same. The Coniston beers were kept in good condition and it was warm and dry after the driving rain, good job they didn’t mind muddy boots and wet dog.“
imdownthepub 2687 days ago
72 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“One of several pubs in Coniston vying for the tourist trade, given that this is a small village their target clientele is understandable. It probably makes its money from diners, and this is a very comfortable and cosy old style pub to relax in, especially if you are one of the visitors enjoying the natural beauty of the area. There is a lovely stream running along the back wall of the pub, but this isn’t incorporated into the design, its outdoor area is a triangle section sandwiched between the road and right angle of the front walls, but nice enough despite the fact all heavy goods vehicles will pass this way. Perhaps the biggest draw for those who only want to drink is the fact that this is a brew pub, selling the cask versions and more of the Coniston Brewing Company which can often be found in bottles in supermarkets.“
ManVsBeer 2874 days ago
78 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“A cosy and comfortable old coaching inn and brewpub – the home of Coniston Brewery. The Black Bull is in the heart of the village, right by the beck and in the shadow of the Old Man of Coniston. It’s an old coaching inn, perhaps made up from two or three houses put together, with a long bar in the middle, a room leading into the hotel and restaurant at one end and an area for large parties at the other. It has a low beamed ceiling and is rather dark but it’s cosy, comfortable, down to earth and unpretentious and the bar staff were friendly. There are eleven taps, mainly with Coniston’s own brews, and quite a few bottles on offer too, including Coniston’s Infinity IPA at £2, the No. 9 barley wine at £2.75 and several bottles – some limited editions - from Hardknott and BrewDog. The food menu sounded appetising but we didn’t eat. Outside there’s a pretty patio adorned with flowers. (Visited 23 October 2011). “
Boudicca 3213 days ago
68 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“A large pub in the centre of a village in one of England’s foremost tourist attractions (the Lake District). Why is anyone surprised that the pub is expensive? The beer on offer covers Coniston Brewery’s range. The beers are kept well and brewed just up the road. The Bluebird XB and Oatmeal Stout are worth a taste. Food is simple, decent enough but unspectacular. Overall a very pleasant place to rest the weary soles and sup a cleansing ale after a walk among the Coniston fells.“
Dr_Butty 3443 days ago
70 /100
Sun Hotel (Bar)
SUN HOTEL
“As you walk off Coniston Old Man, down the tourist route via Coppermines Valley stay on the right side of Church Beck heading towards Dixon Ground. You’ll find yourself arriving at the Sun Inn, one of two top pubs in Coniston. A good selection of real ale, very comfortable and a pleasant seating area outside for the sunny days. This really is a very nice pub indeed and the beers I’ve tried there have all been well kept and in good condition. My only gripes are related to service and food. The first time I visited the pub I was tired and spitting feathers after a long walk in the fells. I arrived to find what I think was an Open University Geology field trip group dithering at the bar ahead of me. Despite the numerous staff hanging around the place, nobody made the effort to reduce the big queue at the bar. My second gripe was the ploughman’s lunch which, while nice enough, wasn’t up to what it should be ... I will wait for a future visit to see if that’s typical of the food there.“
Dr_Butty 3444 days ago
36 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“tourist trap , good range of coniston beers no guest beers and a fake real cider“
jezek 3445 days ago
80 /100
Sun Hotel (Bar)
SUN HOTEL
“best pub in Coniston ,“
jezek 3445 days ago
76 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“A classic pub. Very expensive though- they’re milking its reputation and location for all it’s worth. Get the readily available Bluebrid Bitter and Bluebird XB elsewhere, although it’s worth coming here for the other rarely seen beers from Coniston Brewing.“
wigglyworm99 3562 days ago
68 /100
Sun Hotel (Bar)
SUN HOTEL
“Solid selection, the atmosphere is happy, and the beers were in good condition. Off the main road in Coniston, on the path twds the Old Man trails and easy to find. Well worth pairing with the Black Bull, especially given the latter only has the house/Coniston beers.“
Beershine 3680 days ago
70 /100
Sun Hotel (Bar)
SUN HOTEL
“8 real ales - great list - one of the biggest selections I’ve ever seen. The vibe is nice - it’s all good. This is up the road up the hill a bit from the Black Bull and well worth the visit.“
Oakes 3680 days ago
66 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“Coniston Brewing tap. The vibe is good in this busy, rambling pub. The beers are only ok - disappointing since I loved their bottle stuff. But the pub is nice.“
Oakes 3680 days ago
58 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“Decent bar to try the set of the Coniston beers, which are brewed in the same place, just in the building adjacent. They are used to ppl like us who like to sample and buy 1/2 pints of them all. Not all were great, but it was fun trying the range and especially the barley wine (bottled). Best of the regular kegs was probably the Bluebird XB. The Coniston pils and lager are on tap (keg) and are unfortunately boring.“
Beershine 3696 days ago
70 /100 1 YEWDALE ROAD
“Brewery tap for the Coniston brewery, this has all of their currently available beers on all the time - 7 on tap when we were there, plus a selection of their bottles. The landlord is confident enough of his business that he’s going to brew his own lager in the near future so that he can remove Fosters from his bar. It’s a nice olde world bar, which sprawls through several rooms to end up in a more modern (and very much less atmospheric) restaurant area (although the same food is available in the bar). It’s a welcoming joint; everyone from tourists to fell runners to locals with their dogs to stag parties pack the place out, making it feel very friendly. However, there’s no doubt that it suffers from being in a tourist centre - prices are sky-high. Beer is about £3.50 a pint (although the barley wine was £4-plus, whilst the food is marked up about 50% on what you would expect to pay for what is very average pub grub. So, mixed feelings on this one...“
wheresthepath 3833 days ago
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