jjsint (651) Leicester, England | September 25, 2017| Updated September 28, 2017
Amazing beer pub in the middle of Staveley near the river. Gleaming building, looks more like an automobile showroom (minus the autos of course) from the outside. You can smell the brewery as you walk in - the aroma is resplendent with fresh hop - so your appetite is whet before you even get to the bar. They keep to their own beers on tap but the choice can't be bettered: all of their core options on cask plus some new and/or rarer options on either cask or keg. (No Tiramisu Imperial Stout but I had that last night so I'm cool). Plus there is a small craft selection of bottles and dans from other breweries as well as their own. Prices are low, even for the area.
Came here for the Northern Craft Beer Festival at the end of July. Quite a rambling place with three bars and an outdoor area. Brewing area (which you can look down into from one of the bars) looked like a place that someone actually works in, rather than a temple to the glory of stainless steel, like some breweries. Service was very friendly and quite knowledgeable. Difficult to say what the normal tap selection would be because they had a load of beers on for the festival but I noticed that the normal bottle list had a bunch of guest beers on as well as own products. My opener at the festival was the Hawkshead IPA, which I thought was very good. Also tried the Tiramisu Imperial Stout later in the day, which was great. Prices (at the festival) seemed decent. Well worth a visit if in the area, would even say worth to steer your way here if you anywhere in the Lake District, as I would be surprised if you would find another place as good. Big thumbs up!
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.