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Please help to keep  CAMRA's www.whatpub.com up to date. If somewhere serves real ale and is not on whatpub, we probably don't know about it. Please download and fill in this survey form and return it to the branch.

Free local pub guides for you to print out


These are all freshly researched by CAMRA members and will be kept up to date.


West Cumbria CAMRA news - newest and most urgent at top!

For CAMRA meetings see Events - link at top of page.


2nd Feb 2018

Congratulations to the Commercial at Dearham, on being awarded the branch Pub of the Season for Winter 2018. For details and photos follow pub award (see menu left)


Change afoot in Ennerdale Bridge!

The Fox & Hounds will no longer be a community operated pub; it is reverting to private ownership, under new licensee and management. The new Landlord, has decided the best way to do alterations to the pub will be to close from March 1st until Friday March 23rd.


The last day of trading for the current team will be Sunday February 25th.

There will be a farewell celebration? On Saturday February 24th.



The 2018 list of pubs serving a locally brewed ale has now been checked and amended - see link in the menu, left.

16th Dec 2017

Although not having served real ale recently, it is sad to hear that the Waterfront in Whitehaven is to close in January.


13th Deb 2017

Good news from Eskdale!

The Brook House Inn, Boot, which has been an entry in almost all Good Beer Guides since 2000 and been awarded many CAMRA awards, including Branch pub of the year several times, has been withdrawn from sale and is to stay in the hands of the same family, the Thornleys, who have been running it since it first began selling real ale before the turn of the century! Trevor and Christine have fully handed over to the next generation, (who have been working there since they grew up anyway) taking over running it fully some years back and now starting the next generation of young'uns helping out! Long live the Brook!


27th Nov 2017

Reported: no handpump at Middle Tap, Maryport.

Keswick Park Hotel & Seafood Restaurant: BAR sign outside and bar looks like it’s been refurbished to attract public trade. Website says they sell Keswick Brewery beers.

22nd Nov 2017

Bar 26 on Lake Road, Keswick has put a real ale on again, Initially Loweswater Gold. Do support!

2nd Nov 2017

The Commercial Inn, Dearham voted as Winter POTS at Branch Meeting.

The Lowther Arms at Hensingham has reopened after a closure due to bereavement.


27th Oct 2017

Due to tragic circumstances, the Lowther at Hensingham is closed until further notice.


Dozens of pub landlords in part of Cumbria can raise a glass to council chiefs.

Copeland Council has formally rolled out a discount scheme for hostelries, revealing that pubs are eligible for rates relief that could save them up to £1,000-a-year, effective from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, backdated.


20th Oct 2017

Cockermouth - no real ale for the time being at Hunters, due to sale and temporary management


17th Oct 2017

Middle Ruddings - exciting events! "Starting on Sunday 29th October and running for one week , culminating in the annual Beer Lovers Dinner on Saturday 4th November, is our first Beer week with thirty different beers and beer related activity and music and food etc throughout the week. See details in this month's What Ales."

Congratulations to Jennings Brewery: Sneck Lifter won the North West regional heats for Strong Milds and Old Ales, held at Crewe last month. Now goes forward to the finals at Great British Beer Festival (Winter) (formerly NWAF) at Norwich next year.

Congratulations, also, to Ulverston Brewery: Fra Diavolo was the runner up!

Pubs which previously had a Yates Beer as their main beer are having to find a beer to replace it. Do let us know what you find....?

eg Workington Conservative Club is going with Keswick Beers. These may change until they find the one that best suits!



Congrats, also, to Ulverston, for their Fra Diavolo, which was runner up.

10th Oct 2017

It has been confirmed that the Spotted Pig, Cockermouth, has no real ale and the handpump has been removed.


9th Oct 2017

Seems that the Well at Workington no longer sells real ale. (Was Loweswater Gold) Those who wouldn't drink it have no idea what they have lost!!!!


The Howgate Hotel Whitehaven has also taken off the real ale. Shame they didn't keep something that people would drink!!


5th Oct 2017

A couple of new breweries to watch for

Langdale Brewery

Also hear a rumour that another one is in the planning in Flookburgh…

4th Oct 2017

The Good Beer Guide 2018

The brand new, carefully researched edition, has just been published. Is your favourite pub in it? Competition is fierce and the choices tough to make! Check it out here and buy your copy direct from CAMRA here!


3rd Oct 2017


Spotted Pig reported as having no Real Ale.

Hunters has re-opened having been acquired by a new owner.


COMMERCIAL has been sold by Marstons. Currently closed for refurbishment by new owner. May have a name change.


People running another successful real ale bar in another location are looking at a presence in Whitehaven,  running the former Irish Bar. If so, should be good!


15th Sept 2017

Jennings and Tractor Shed are cooperating in creating a beer for the 8th Taste Cumbria event, in Cockermouth Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017, free entry

Hunters, Cockermouth appears to be closed at the moment

Fell Brewery have opened a pub in the old Moo Bar premises in Penrith. Proving to have interesting beers on and worth a visit!

The Drovers Rest, Monkhill is again the NW Region POTY for 2017 - Congratulations to the team there!


New and updated editions of some of the local guides have been put online here. Get the latest before you set out, and please let us know if you find any changes!


COCKERMOUTH - Spotted Pig reported as having no Real Ale - being checked.

Old Posting House Deanscales recently refurbished. Now has three handpumps.

Phoenix Tap, Maryport and Last Man Inn, Plumbland no longer serving Real Ale

Blackbeck Hotel, Beckermet understood to now close on Saturdays and Sundays


4th Sept 2017

Changes in Egremont

Cat Inn no longer has real ale

Rangers RLFC has a changing guest beer


1st Sept 2017

CBOB voting

This year’s voting window for the Champion Beer of Britain Competition (CBOB) is now open, and will close at midnight on 1st November.

The voting site can be accessed at: www.cbobvoting.org.uk (link on menu left)


17th August 2017

Very sad news

Yates Brewery will be closing at the end of September! :(

Efforts have been made to find a buyer over the last few years but none on the horizon, and Graeme and Caroline have decided it really is time to retire. Many thanks to them both for all the truly gorgeous beers they have made for us over the last 19-20 years. They have gone from strength to strength and consistently been one of the most popular in Cumbria, no cask lasting for long! All good wishes go with them.

Now anyone want to buy a brewery? What about a cooperative?


Talking of breweries.....

After completing the branch's set of ten pub guides, each covering a small local area, we have now done a guide to the branch's breweries. It's very interesting and readable, with info about each brewery's history, beers, location, visitor tours and brewery sales, etc. Free printable pdf which folds into a neat little guide.

You can find this and all the local guides here http://www.camrawestcumbriaguides.org.uk/guides.html


And yet another new one ...

There seems to be another new brewery in Cumbria - Handsome, near Kendal, with a range of bottled beers which they have managed to get on sale through the Cumbrian Co-op .... (How did they manage that???) Some cask beer has been seen too.


Branch Awards - the latest!

THE BOWER HOUSE INN at Eskdale Green has been chosen as Pub of the Season for Autumn, and members will present them with their award on  Saturday 7th October followed by a Branch Meeting at the same venue. All welcome.


No real ale

The Old Mill, Dearham no longer serves real ale

July 29th 2017


The Biggest and best CAMRA beer festival is less than two weeks away now.  The 40th Great British Beer Festival at Olympia 8th - 12th August is a 'don't miss' event with over 900 beers of all types, strengths, colours etc! Plenty of entertainment, tastings, games, superb range of street food and souvnenir/products stands. Then there are the CBOB beers to taste ...

You s=can still get seats overnight on Megabus for under £20 return... and spend a day there!


29th July 2017

Following the sudden and sad death of the licensee, the Richmond, Hensingham is closed until further notice.

There seems to be another new brewery in Cumbria - Handsome, near Kendal, with a range of bottled beers.


24th July 2017

Smart new, pocket-sized, Whitehaven Real ale Pub Guide, printed specially for tourists looking for real ale in the town. Pick up free at the Beacon and other places. When they are gone, they are gone! Generously paid for by Foresight Solutions. foresightsolutions.net


Whitehaven pub updates:

Glass House. Whitehaven now selling Blackbeck real ales again; New one available.

John Paul Jones, Whitehaven never stopped selling real ales (they might have run out when someone visited!) Usually selling Hobgoblin

The Waterfront Whitehaven has not sold real ale for six months and the handpumps have been taken out. This was down to lack of sales.


14th July 2017

Changed date for branch meeting at Swinside: details and transport on Events page.


Tractor Shed organising mini-beer festival at Taste Cumbria Whitehaven Festival - Saturday, 22 July, 2017 to Sunday, 23 July, 2017





28th June 2017

Newly updated guides for Keswick, Outer Keswick and Gosforth to Hensingham now available.




25th June 2017

Error Correction

The Lowther Arms, Hensingham has been given totally incorrect opening hours and days in the  SPILE pages in the latest edition of What Ales. Here are the correct times:


Closed Mon; 12-2, 6-11 Tue-Thu; 12-Midnight Fri & Sat; 12-10.30 Sun

Food is till 9pm.


Apologies to team Lowther! 

(to all - please feel free to alter this any What Ales that you see in pubs!)



24th June 2017


A Bar Spy report!

The Kingfisher, Cockermouth - Although a Robbies house, was selling a very nice pint of Cross Bay, Halo. Three cask beers - Dizzy Blonde, Trooper and the Cross Bay beer. A pleasant surprise.



20th June 2017

Pub updates:

The Tithe Barn, Cockermouth is shut, probably permanently as planning permission for change of use has been given.

The Wordsworth Hotel, Cockermouth still shut. Level of security and inactivity indicate it may not re-open for some time.

The Glaramara House Hotel, Seatoller now has Real Ale on, currently Coniston Bluebird and CLA Loweswater Gold. Bar open to non residents.


Real ale is going down well at the Red Lion in Aspatria. Recent visits saw beer from Keswick brewery and two handpumps.


15th June 2017

Top Cumbria CAMRA Awards - next round results


Cumbria Pub of the Year: Drovers Rest Monkhill. Presentation Sunday lunchtime 25th June.

West Pennines Cider Pub of the Year: Prince of Wales Foxfield. Presentation

Saturday 8th July 3.30pm

All welcome



13th June 2017


Rugby Union Club at Bleach Green,  Egremont  are holding their Beer Festival this weekend.

Free entry for CAMRA members with current membership card. It kicks off on at noon on both  Friday 16th and Saturday  17th and features  20+ award winning real ales  and ciders from all over the UK. (full list)

Last No 30 bus to Maryport leaves 2300hrs



9th June 2017

Boot Beer Festival begins today. Over 140 beers available in the three pubs deep into this scenic valley. Use the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway for transport (Through tickets from mainline stations workout cheaper)

Four seats available on a bus from Whitehaven on Saturday at 3pm.  Contact chris deC - email address above.


Free local pub guides for you to print out

There are now 9 local area pub guides covering West Cumbria available on the website - (http://www.camrawestcumbriaguides.org.uk/index.html). These are all freshly researched by CAMRA members and will be kept up to date.



17th May 2017

Beer festival this coming Saturday - 20th  May - at the Manor,  St Bees. Train service available - no branch transport.

LOWTHER CLUB,  Whitehaven, our West Cumbria Branch Club of the Year 2017, has been voted the best club in the whole of Cumbria for 2017. Next step is being judged against the best club in Lancashire and the best club on the Isle of Man, to choose the best in the West Pennines region of CAMRA (See report and photo on Pub Awards page - link on left)

The Lowther Club's Beer & Cider festival, with live music is to be held on  26th, 27th & 28th May, when 12 ciders and 30 beers will be available for sampling! It  is not a CAMRA festival but, if any members willing to serve or help set up, please let Bob Groat know.

Branch meeting at Kirkstile Inn,  Loweswater, Wed 7th June at  8pm. Branch transport available - let Eileen know.

Boot Beer Festival 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th June - No branch transport but well worth a visit. Day time trains using the mainline and the Ratty; Sat afternoon bus from Whitehaven and Hensingham.

Our branch has selected  the Stag,  Crosby, for our summer Pub of the Season 2017 award, to be presented on Sat 8th July at 1pm, followed by branch meeting, visits to other pubs/inns. Branch transport available - let Eileen know.


14th May 2017


The Lowther Club, Whitehaven is West Cumbria's Club of the YEar for 2017, and has also won the next round - Cumbria Club of the Year 2017. (See report and photo on Pub Awards page - link on left)

The club is having its first beer and cider festival at the forthcoming bank holiday weekend. Beer list here:



10th May 2017

The Chase Hotel, Whitehaven, is now selling real ale - Marstons Wainwrights. A nice halfway stop for that long walk up the hill!



9th May 2017

The Lowther, Hensingham

Update: opening hours have been increased due to increased use of the pub; food is getting a very good reputation, as is the warm welcome. Now open most expected times, with full closure Mondays


George IV, Workington (Minnie's)

Is now in the process of being converted into two houses.


The Last Man Inn, Plumbland, has decided not to install real ale


The Phoenix Tap in Maryport has taken off real ale



18th April 2017


These pubs in Whitehaven were found to have no real ale on when visited recently

Barra Jacks - NB: update: Tetleys on and Black Sheep in Cellar (May)

Glass House

John Paul Jones

Do let us know if you find it back on again anytime?



14th April 2017

More recent changes:


The Tithe Barn Cockermouth has submitted plans to create nine letting bedrooms and to convert the cellar into a restaurant and bar.


The Dog & Partridge, Sandwith no longer serves real ale.


The Waverley Hotel on Tangier Street, Whitehaven, has real ale again, currently Ennerdale Blonde.


The Bounty, Workington had no real ale for a while but Doom Bar should now always be available and there are hopes to build up choices.


Also in Whitehaven, Barra Jacks, Glass House and John Paul Jones are all currently not selling real ale.



8th April 2017

The Letters Inn, Aspatria, has been presented with the  branch Spring Pub of the Season 2017 award. (See report and photo on Pub Awards page - link on left)



Beckermet, the Royal Oak is still closed. Understood likely to re-open with new owners.

UPDATE - opening on 15th April at 11:30, with afternoon buffet and evening entertainment


31st March 2017


Cider lovers,  the Woolpack, Eskdale is running its amazing cider and sausage festival again, from 20th until 23rd April, when 120 ciders will be available. Chris Evans is going the be featuring it on his breakfast show. Reminder: This is our branch's Cider Pub of the Year.

Nether Wasdale, the Screes still closed but Mark Corr of the Strands is buying it and it will reopen with more of his ales plus some of the rest of the best in Cumbria.



Beckermet, the Royal Oak is still closed. Understood likely to re-open with new owners.


Gosforth, the Boonwood, no longer serves real ale.


25th March 2017

Pubs no longer selling real ale

The Bounty, Workington
Henry's, Workington
Yankees Bar, Workington

Brewery House, Harrington

The Travellers Rest, Workington

But some good news!  The Royal Oak, Seaton has Real Ale on. One hand-pump for a changing guest, currently Marstons Pedigree.

24th March 2017

GREAT NEWS for pubs from Colin Valentine, National CAMRA chair.

Today marks a historic win for pub goers, consumers and CAMRA members.

After years of campaigning led by CAMRA’s membership, the Government has today announced a historic change in the law to protect all English pubs in the planning system.

This removes a longstanding loophole that has enabled developers to demolish pubs or convert them to another retail use without applying for planning permission.

This is a huge success which could not have been achieved without you. Together,  we have sent over 8,000 emails to politicians in the last three months alone. The voice of CAMRA members like you was essential in securing this win for pubs.

All pubs in England will now be given the protection they deserve, and owners will always have to apply for planning permission before they can convert or demolish a pub.

Although this change comes too late for the thousands of pubs already lost, it will be crucial to supporting all the great pubs which remain for generations to come.

This is a huge win for pub goers and consumers and helps secure a thriving pubs industry for all to enjoy.

Why not head to the pub this weekend to celebrate?

If you’re heading to the pub to celebrate this huge win this weekend, Tweet us a photo @CAMRA_Official #winforpubs.

Thank you once again for making this campaign win possible.



23rd March 2017

Brown Cow, Cockermouth closed - awaiting new tenant.


7th March 2017

The West Cumbria PUB of the YEAR for 2017

has been announced as the GOSFORTH HALL HOTEL, GOSFORTH Congratulations to Rod, Barbara and team!


6th March 2017

Brewers Fayre, Cockermouth, (Premier Inn) which opened today is very airy, spacious and comfortable with a large seated area for drinkers. They are constructing a large, well positioned outdoor area. Will have three Real Ales. Sharps Doombar is the regular. Current two guests are Jennings Cumberland Ale and Black Sheep Bitter. These guests may change, but possibly always a local (likely to be Jennings)


5th March 2017

Screes Nether Wasdale -  Closed

Crown at Bowthorn, Cleator Moor - exploring other beers

Derby Arms, Cleator Moor closed



Two more fantastic Pub Awards!!

Lowther Club Whitehaven is the Branch Club of the Year

Woolpack, Eskdale - has been selected as Branch Cider Pub of the Year

Well done to both!!!

4th March 2017

Hawkshead Beer Festival

There's a mini bus from Middle Ruddings to the Hawkshead beer festival on Sat 25th March. £10 return leaving there 11 returning for 7. Still 8 places left. Contact Middle Ruddings if interested.

26th Feb 2017

Windermere Pale is the Northwest Champion Beer of Britain 2017!!!

The final of the competitions was held at Liverpool Beer Festival, this month.

Beers eligible were the winners of each of the 10 competitions in the various cask beer categories, which had been judged throughout 2016. Beers in all the competitions were from breweries in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, IOM and Cheshire. (They get into those competitions by getting the most votes when members in all those areas are asked to do their voting each Autumn.) Tasting is blind - judges do not know what they are drinking!

It is fantastic that Hawkshead Windermere Pale was judged to be the Champion Beer of the Northwest, 2017.

And the runners up were Stringers Mutiny Stout (silver) and Dunham Massey Porter (Bronze)

Thanks to all who brew, who judge, who fill in tasting cards, and especially those members who cast their votes!


The Lowther Arms Hensingham

Now open, with two Cumbrian Legendary Ales on the bar. Bright, fresh and crisp, it conforms well to CAMRA's new definition of a pub - one with an area just for drinkers! Two women, both with good history in pubs and food, are running it. All open plan but with distinct areas: Bar with tall tools, glasses shelf and standing/socialising space; large open area for pool, table games and space invaders electronic game table; pleasant elevated lounge area and separate charming restaurant area. Chef was formerly at the Glass House. CLA Vanilla Stout was excellent but Loweswater Gold sold out on first day!


24th Feb 2017

Beer trip, visiting Aspatria, Baggrow, Plumbland, Kirkstile Inn and Cockermouth on Sat 1st April. Click on  Events tab (above) for details


Good News!!! The Last Man Inn, Plumbland has re-opened.
Yates' latest creation, the lovely Solway Gold, 4.4% has been very well received and we will be seeing more of it, thanks goodness!! It followed the equally popular seasonal beer, Winter Gold! Hoping for a nice dark stout soon?

Congratulations to the Lowther Club in Whitehaven, which has just been chosen as the branch Club of the Year!  Also to the Letters Inn, Aspatria, which has been chosen as the Spring Pub of the Season. If you haven't been to either of these pubs, we do recommend you give them a try!


Local Pub Guides

CAMRA members have been working hard to create new FREE real ale pub guides for you. (see link above) These are neat little A4 pdfs that you can print out and fold up for your pocket. They have photos and a short description, beer and facilities information for each pub in the area covered, as well as transport info, a map and even a mini tourist guide for the area! They are superb - do have a look!


5th February 2017

From the Punchbowl Gt Broughton:

Real Ale Weekend 10th - 12th February 2017
And now for something completely different.....
At The Punch Bowl we are proud of our commitment to Cumbrian Real Ale. Since becoming a Community Pub almost 4 years ago, every pint we have served has been brewed in Cumbria. Most of our ales are sourced from our most local breweries, and we have arrangements with others, further afield.
We have used 9 breweries in all, and in 2016 we offered our customers 75 different real ales - from our 2 hand pumps! That's why we think we are the smallest, longest beer festival in Cumbria.
We have held an annual real ale weekend towards the end of the last 3 winters; and this year we have decided to do something completely different. We will be providing excellent, small brewery ales from Newcastle and the surrounding areas of the North East. Newcastle is now home to many independent breweries and micro-breweries, some well known, some less so, and we think there will be something for everyone in the selection of ales. The exact range will be dependent on availability but we hope to include ales from Wylam, Firebrick, Tyne Bank and Mordue breweries amongst others. We expect to have about 20 different ales available, and will also have a small supply of Newcastle Brown Ale in bottles to complete the Geordie experience.
As many of you will be aware, Broughton Bridge is closed to traffic for the foreseeable future, so please bear this in mind when making your travel arrangements to visit us.


4th February 2017

The long-awaited Station tap at Carlisle will be opening on March 31st. The Settle to Carlisle railway will be  fully re-opened and the Flying Scotsman flying through; what a way to open a new boozer!

A sympathetic recreation of a period, Victorian luncheon bar. It will be a colonial style environment but with all the modern facilities like wifi to make people feel comfortable, and will be called 301 Miles From London! Cask Ales will be served. Will it become another destination, like the Sheffield and York Taps? (One takes a day trip to York but never leaves the station!)


3rd February 2017

Congratulations to two great pubs, just chosen for the latest branch awards!



We will present the award on Saturday 1st April,  during the day.  Arrangements later!



is the LOWTHER,  Lowther St, Whitehaven

Date of presentation yet to be planned


Next to be chosen - Branch Pub of the Year 2017 - coming soon!


Feb 1st 2017

Those who are CAMRA members will by now have had the information that the way the NE (Directors) are elected has been changed to allow everyone a vote, not just those who attend the AGM and Conference.

If you are desirous of change in either those who run the organisation or the way it is run, now is your chance to bring in some new blood.

You can use the link on the main menu, left, to cast your vote. You have till 5th April, so consider carefully!

Congratulations to the Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge, on being chosen as the new branch Pub of the Season.


Read the full feature on the pub and why it has earned the award

Jan 24th 2017

A message from CAMRA's Chairman, Colin Valentine


Why I’m looking forward to Bournemouth 2017

This April, I will be joining CAMRA members from across the UK in the seaside resort of Bournemouth for CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend, which includes our National AGM and Conference.

I have been attending the CAMRA Members’ Weekend for almost 30 years, well before I was active nationally, never mind National Chairman. Those of you who were in Norwich in 2013 may remember that I still have my glass from my first AGM weekend, as they were then called, in Norwich in 1990. Even prior to becoming Chairman, I always made an effort to travel to whichever corner of the country the weekend was held and have only missed one since then - and was even organiser in Edinburgh in 1998. It has always been, and still is, an opportunity to meet with old friends, make new acquaintances and socialise with other CAMRA members from across the country.

Most importantly, the Members’ Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for any member across the organisation – whether you have just joined, been a member for 20+ years, active or inactive – to shape the future direction and purpose of CAMRA.

As Chairman, I now have the great responsibility of making sure that the AGM and Conference part of the Members’ Weekend is run successfully and open to every single one of our 185,000 members. This year, that responsibility is even greater than ever before. Following 50 consultation meetings across the UK and three national surveys, we have now seen the proposals that were put forward by the Revitalisation Project Steering Committee on CAMRA’s future. Whether you agree or disagree with the proposals, took part in the consultation events or stayed at home, the Members’ Weekend will be the opportunity to discuss them inside and out ahead of a decision next year.


Over the weekend, members will be able to consider the Revitalisation Project and proposals on the future of CAMRA in a series of discussion groups. It will be your chance to have a say on the Revitalisation Project’s findings and represent your views in the debate. A final decision on the proposals will then be taken at the Members’ Weekend in 2018.


I am proud to chair an organisation that is a true democracy – where every member has the opportunity to feed into our policies, direction and future. I never forget that without our huge membership base and dedicated volunteers; there simply would not be a CAMRA.


I hope you will consider joining us in Bournemouth this year. The closing date for registration is Friday 17 th March 2017. For more information simply visit camraagm.org.uk.



19th Jan 2017

Wainwright’s, Keswick have on Cumbrian cider from Ennerdale brewery.

The George and Dragon at Harrington sold real ale over Christmas, it went well as busy time, but may go for real ale in bottle to be sustainable.

The Coledale Inn at Braithwaite has been refurbished.

The Last Man Inn at Plumland, and the Grey Goat at Baggrow have reopened.


Nominations for Good Beer Guide 2018:

Please use CAMRA's beer scoring system, via Whatpub is easiest, to rate the quality of the real ale at any of these pubs you visit. This helps inform CAMRA of the very best real ale pubs in any branch area.

The Pheasant Inn, Crossthwaite Road in Keswick;

Lowther Arms, Mawbray;

Wheatsheaf, Lorton;

Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge;

The Lifeboat, Maryport;

Bluebell, Workington;

Ratty Arms, Ravenglass;

Letters Inn, Aspatria;

Brook House, Boot,

Woolpack Inn, Boot,

Vagabond, Whitehaven;

Duke of Cumberland, Bridgefoot;

Bush Inn, Talentire,

Cock and Bull, Cockermouth;

Manor, St Bees;

Inn @ Ravenglass, Ravenglass;

Castle Bar, Cockermouth;

Swan Inn, Cockermouth;

Strands, Nether Wasdale;

Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater;

Wainrights, Keswick;

Fox and Hounds, Ennerdale;

George IV, Eskdale Bridge;

Barn Bistro, Gilcrux;

Gosforth Hall Inn, Gosforth;

Punchbowl, Great Broughton;

Dog and Gun, Keswick,

Middle Ruddings, Braithwaite;

Stanley Arms, Calderbridge

All branch members are encouraged to visit some of these pubs and send in feedback on them to kathryn.flagner at hotmail.co.uk or sw2607 at gmail.com by midnight on Tuesday January 31st . This will be included in the discussion at the February branch meeting where entries will be decided upon.


Last Updated on Monday, 19 February 2018 20:21