Lake District and Edinburgh Mid-September

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  1. AleYes

    AleYes Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2007 Virginia

    I will be in Windermere for a few days, then on to Edinburgh/Glasgow for a few days, a total of eight days, in Mid-September. I have reviewed numerous sites for recommendations of pubs. Has anyone been there recently to give me a first-hand opinion of their recommended places? Maybe even visit a brewery or two? I also plan on hitting a distillery, if you might have an opinion on that, too?
  2. mdagnew

    mdagnew Initiate (0) May 18, 2005 Northern Ireland

    If you are going to do one brewery visit i would recommend -

    I visited a couple of years ago and both the beer and food were superb...
  3. bullseyebill

    bullseyebill Devotee (312) Jul 11, 2006 Illinois

    You can check out Watermill Inn & Brewing Co. in Ing, it's about 2 miles from Windermere.
    Didn't get a chance to go to the pub, but did enjoy several hand pulled pints of Collie Wobble at a sheepdog trial last week. Every pub we visited had numerous hand pumps , so you should have lots of choices. We liked the George and the Dog and Gun in Keswick and the Fish Inn in Buttermere.
  4. Aye

    Aye Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 England

    The Barngates Brewery and its attached tap house, the Drunken Duck
  5. jesus_man

    jesus_man Devotee (349) May 8, 2015 North Dakota

    Subscribed. Will be in Scotland in a couple weeks!
  6. Zimbo

    Zimbo Pooh-Bah (2,269) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland


    The Bow Bar
    The Hanging Bat


    The Three Judges
    Inn Deep

    I can also vouch for a visit to the Hawkshead brewery. Best in The Lake District by far.
  7. jesus_man

    jesus_man Devotee (349) May 8, 2015 North Dakota

    Any of these kid friendly?
  8. Zimbo

    Zimbo Pooh-Bah (2,269) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Only The Hanging Bat which is kid friendly until 8pm.
  9. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (0) May 22, 2008 England

    Around Windermere you must visit Hawkshead Brewery, Drunken Duck and Watermill Inn, they are all close to Windermere you will find very the food is pretty good at each. Drunken Duck & Watermill Inn are both Brewpubs whilst Hawkshead is more like an American style Brewery with bar.
    One of my all time favourite pubs is in Elterwater, just a few miles from Windermere. The Britannia Inn is the perfect place to sit outside and watch the world crawl by Britannia Inn | Lake District Inns | Pub Accommodation Lake District
    And to add to that a few miles further on you will find The Old Dungeon Ghyll, a classic Lake District pub Lake District Hotel The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel Langdale Valley
  10. AleYes

    AleYes Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2007 Virginia

    I just got back last night. I appreciate everyone's input and I had a good time hiking, walking, etc., and the cask ales did not disappoint. The best cask ale I had there was Ghost Town, Cromarty Brewing. It is a porter they describe as a mysteriously malty porter. I had it at the Jolly Judge in Edinburgh. It was a good porter, flavorful, malty, not sweet and not very bitter.

    I went to the Hawkshead Brewery. It was a nice place. The best beer I had at Hawkshead was Brodie's Prime, a porter. Since I went to Tarn Hows, I also went to the Drunken Duck. It is part of the hotel near there. The food was okay and cask selection was okay, but it is the only place in the area.

    In Windermere, I went to a few places, the best I visited was the Greywalls. And the other benefit was it was literally across the street from where I stayed. I had the Collie Wobbles there. It was the best one I had in Windermere.

    I didn't go to any pubs in Glasgow, but several in Edinburgh. The two that I liked best were the Jolly Judge, a small basement pub with good beer and friendly staff. It had 4 cask lines, one was cider, and I believe 6 other taps. The other was The Last Drop in Grassmarket. It had about the same number of taps and casks, and friendly staff, but it had a better food menu, not surprising since it is much larger, and the best food I had in pubs. Both are near the Edinburgh Castle.

    Imperial pints (20 oz.) were from about 3.20 to 3.95 pounds (about $5 to $6.30 at the current exchange rate). Compared to Richmond, VA, where good craft beers are about $7 - $8 a pour, depending on the alcohol level, from 10oz to 16 oz, cask ale in the UK is a very good value. It is always at least good, and several were quite nice.
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  11. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Zealot (566) Jul 1, 2009 Scotland

    Ghost Town is a fantastic beer and Cromarty one of the finest breweries. Not surprised you liked it.
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  12. AleYes

    AleYes Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2007 Virginia

    Yes it is, and I would probably say it was better than the Jennings Snecklifter I had about 5 years ago on my last trip to the UK, which was the best cask I had then. I just wish American brewers would produce more cask ales. It is a growing trend, but slowly in my area, even though Richmond, VA, has become a beer town, with 8 local craft brewers, and most pubs and restaurants carry local beers, not just the Macro-crap.
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