PUBS across the region raise their glasses after being named among the best.
To celebrate ‘National Pub Week’, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed the best pubs in its Good Beer Guide – and there are plenty in South Lakeland.
Each pub in the book has been visited by volunteers who taste the beers to decide if it should make the list.
The guide reviews 4,500 pubs across the UK and is considered the best beer guide.
Analyzing the best pints in the most quaint and friendliest pubs, if beer drinkers need advice, the Good Beer Guide is where to turn.
Peter Unsworth, owner of the Unsworth Yard brewery in Cartmel, said being in the guide makes all his work interesting.
“It’s a national organization and the fact that they chose us as a place where people can come and have a good pint is a very good thing,” he said.
This is the first time the brewery bar has been included in the guide.
He said: “We’re in Cartmel, so we’re in a bustling village, which has recently had a boost with Simon (Rogan) getting another Michelin star, so business has bounced back from the pandemic and things like that. these allow us to move forward.”
On what he loves about working in the industry, he said: “For me, it’s working in this village – a place where I was brought up. It’s an absolutely fantastic part of the world to live in.”
Another South Lakeland pub on the list is Golden Rule in Ambleside. It is run by John Lockley and has been in the guide since the mid-1970s.
He said, “That’s a feather in your cap.”
He said he loved working in the pub because of the “wonderful customers” he had.
“It’s the customers who make the pub what it is and the staff are vitally important if you have good staff you have good business,” he said.
He said he was happy the pub was once again full of punters and said the past few years had been “boring”.
Here is the full list of South Lakeland pubs included in the guide.
Devonshire Arms, Ulverston – Braddyl Terrace, Victoria Road
Mill, Ulverston – Mill Street
Old Friends, Ulverston – 49 Southergate
Rose and Crown, Ulverston – 22 King Street
Swan Inn, Ulverston – Swan Street
Engine Inn, Cark – Station Road
Search for Black and Bull Inn and Hotel
Yewdale Inn, Coniston – 2 Yewdale Road
Unsworth Yard Brewery, Cartmel – 4 Unsworth Yard
Golden Rule, Ambleside – Smithy Broe
Search for Tweedies Bar and Lodge, Grasmere – Red Bank Road
Barrel House, Kendal – Unit 10, Castle Mills
Factory Tap, Kendal – 5 Aynam Road
Fell Bar, Kendal – 3 Lowther Street
New Union, Kendal – 159 Stricklandgate