jjsint (653) Leicester, England | September 26, 2017| Updated September 28, 2017
Brewpub not far from Staveley, but in the middle of nowhere really. Six casks on, all house beers ranging from 3.7% to 5% and keeping to very traditional British styles. Beers in good condition, which it should be as it's the brewpub. You can get three thirds, and they have a couple of bottles. The pub itself is wonderfully old-fashioned and multi-roomed, and very dog-friendly. It's not terribly exciting on its own merit, but it's probably quite difficult to find the beers elsewhere, and as I said it's a short distance from Staveley so you can easily do the Beer Hall and here in one day.
Sat outside and had a pint of Waterbird Wheat from the Bowness brewery, which went down a treat after a long walk. Didn't spend much time inside, so only formed an impression, which was that they don't fell they need to try very hard. Had a half of Schi-Tzu, which is brewed in house as well, but it was uninspiring.
Handily placed brewery tap just outside Windermere, so hard to have an excuse not to go here. Six of their own beers on tap. Then it’s possible to buy up to 8 in bottle (different ratings for most).
The food was good pub grub.
Dogs everywhere - good if you’re into that, but can be a bit noisy if they all start to howl/yelp at the same time. A nice ambient atmosphere apart from that, as it seems to be a base for walkers (and their dogs).
Nice, friendly service.
Way off the beaten track. Cavernous, not sure how they manage to keep the number of beers on cask in a drinkable condition, but they seem to manage. Worth a detour fort he chance at some less obvious local beers.
Nice place just off the main A591. Street parking, with some spaces a short walk away. Basement rooms, two part bar with plenty of taps, their own and guests. Beers were tasty enough. Panels of three thirds were very cheap. Staff knew the beers well and had good recommendations. Didn’t try the food. Worth a look.
Have visited the Watermill on a number of occasions on trips to and from the lakes, including an overnight stop.
Old building with a couple of rooms around an L-shaped bar with 16 sticks. Water mill type device outside. Of the 16 sticks always a good 13 or 14 have been in service on my visits.
Have had lunch and evening meals here, food is very good including the fry up on the night I stopped over.
Service is fine. They have local poetry nights.
Beer range is from local (ish) micro’s. JW Lees Moonraker was avaialble on draft on most of my visits here and was sold in halfs!
Worth a diversion off the M6.
Stayed a night following Boro’s gloriously undeserved triumph at Holker St, 17/02/13. Folks sulking on arrival which loses it a point. 12 beers on not the advertised 16; mostly Watermill with pedestrian guests- another point gone. Experience dominated by yapping canines, owners, children, the hushed chinking of English cutlery, unintentionally hilarious Glaswegians demanding complementary naans, creaking doors, squeaking bedsprings. A door opens in an adjacent room and it feels as though a door has been opened in your head. Quaint or torturous depending on your level of insomnia/sleep deprivation threshold. Food filling, functional, overpriced. Recommend anything containing free-range Cumbrian superchicken. House brews uniformly uninteresting. Worth a stop but don’t overnight unless you are a heavy-sleeping non-English tourist content to spend an evening nodding over 12 variations on a hopless theme.
really big pub, with nice outside areas ... some with nice shelter and shade ... multi rooms ... nice windows to cellar and brewery ... friendly ... kids welcome ... good food and pretty damn decent beer,