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.
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.
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.
ManVsBeer (2035) Hebden Bridge, England | December 12, 2012| Updated May 22, 2014
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.
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).
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.
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.
Oakes (818) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 28, 2010
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.