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

Latest reviews from Grasmere

“Lovely large tucked-away pub catering for discerning beer drinkers, walkers with dogs and tourists. Eight cask ales - mostly local but decent outfits from farther afield such as Thornbridge feature - are complemented by four keg and a nice smattering of bottles, including some 750ml sharing bottles. My experience here was really positive. I had some Kernel and the Hawkshead Tiramisu Imperial Stout, two very expensive beers, but I've seen far more expensive places in Cambridge. I also visited in September so the worst of the tourist trade was absent, there were mostly northern English and Scottish couples and small groups it seemed. Football was showing (unobtrusively) so that was a plus from me. I think this place justifies a reasonably high rate, but I would imagine that August Bank Holiday weekend would show it in a slightly different light!“
jjsint 1163 days ago
“Dark, stone-floored bar. Ten handpumps serving among others Tiny Rebel Juicy, Hawkshead Windermere Pale and Coniston Old Man. Seven keg taps serving Hawkshead/Siren Thresher Spelt IPA, Fierce Tropical Tart and Vocation Oak and Dagger. Juicy, Tropical Tar and Oak & Dagger were all superb. Prices are slightly on the high side. I couldn’t understand why the Hawkshead/Siren collab was £6.60 for two thirds, almost double what I paid at the Hawkshead brewery! Having said that, I paid two visits to this pub in a week and it is a great place for a drink after a day’s walking on the fells.“
holbornboy 1240 days ago
“A bar that is part of a larger hotel that is a mecca for tourists. The bar was full of American, Japanese and various package tours, but I ventured in. It doesn’t feel like a pub, it’s like a school canteen. The beers are good and various though, lots of choice, if nothing new for me on the day. It gets a decent score although I don’t think I would return in a hurry.“
imdownthepub 1998 days ago
“6 real ales (mainly local micros), 2 real ciders, some craft keg (eg Hawkshead NZPA) and a large and varied bottle selection (about 40-50 with Belgian, US & some UK craft) - so beer choice is unrivalled in the area. As others have said, the "beer bats" are very useful and fun. I particularly liked the fact that they even had a board game menu up on the wall - although we were too knackered from a long hillwalk to do anything but crash and eat and drink beer!Considering it’s a hotel bar/ restaurant in a National Trust-y vaillage, it’s very laid back and friendly; there’s a complete mix of clientele, and it’s clearly popular with locals. The staff are cheerful, although due to its popularity it can take a while to get food sometimes. Inside it’s a large open room full of tables - it looks like it would lack atmosphere but somehow they general bonhonie of the place shines through anyway. There’s a separate restaurant room off to the side but you’re welcome to eat anywhere. The huge garden would be great if the lakeland midges didn’t pour up from the lake each evening to feast on the fat tourists. The food is excellent and home made but - and this is a big but - the prices are high (£14 for a burger, £15 for a pie!). The beer is pricey for the area too. But I guess this is the pub taking its reward for its popularity - and it certainly pulls out all the stops to ensure that popularity continues. Highly recommended as long as you fill your wallet before going.“
wheresthepath 2326 days ago
“That is the place to go int the Lake District for good beer. Nice atmosphere, pretty decent selection.“
MrTipple 2406 days ago
“Newly refurbished boutique style. Good bar with local ales. Nice patio and good views of the lake. Good quality food.“
Beesbeer 2958 days ago
“After a walk in the Lakeland Fells there is nothing better than a pint or two, or three, or four or more, of delicious real ale. Until relatively recently the thirsty walker arriving footsore and weary in Grasmere had a very limited choice indeed. Tea shops a plenty catering to the coach tour market abound, but a good pub in the centre of the village serving real ale was not an option. Happily Tweedies Bar, part of the Dale Lodge Hotel, has addressed that ghastly state of affairs. The bar is newly refurbished, and while lacking the homely comfort of some older traditional Lakeland pubs it makes up for that with seven real ales and a cider which are kept well and regularly rotated. Beers are local or from the north of England. For the cask ales, a nice touch is the "beer bat", a cricket bat-like paddle which carries three 1/3 pint glasses for those who want to sample the beers but who can’t stay for a session. A selection of bottled beers are available and of course there’s also the standard nondescript fizz to cater for the masses. For those (rare) sunny days there is an extensive beer garden with well spaced tables where you can enjoy the beer in the glorious Lakeland sun. The bar staff are friendly and one at least is very knowledgeable about local beers and breweries. Food is available from 12-3pm and 6pm onwards (to 9pm I think), and in the evening a separate dining area can be booked. The ales are an average price for the area, and the food is fairly expensive, although genuinely very good and kitchen cooked. By the way, the proximity map shown on this page is wrong - try the other end of the lake in the village of Grasmere!“
Dr_Butty 3480 days ago
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