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Pub/Bar of the Month January 2018: The Beer Hall, Staveley, Cumbria

The Beer Hall, Staveley, Cumbria, UK

If you want fresh beer, there’s no better place to drink than in a brewery. That’s something that the new generation of brewers has realised, with more and more racing to open on-site tap rooms.

Hawkshead Beer HallWhen Hawkshead Brewery decided to do the same in 2010, they did so in style.

The Lakeland brewery was founded eight years earlier, in a bar near Esthwaite Water. Quickly outgrowing the site, it moved to the other side of Windermere, taking up residence in a former wood mill in the village of Staveley.

The views of Lakeland are not quite so spectacular here – although the rolling hills do form an impressive backdrop – which is perhaps why the brewery decided to turn the focus inwards, building a spacious bar and restaurant that offered views of the brewery itself.

Fifty-Four Beer Lines

The Beer Hall is a fresh, modern place with a bold glass exterior that allows plenty of natural light to fall on two levels of hospitality.

Downstairs, a long bar, offering half a dozen or so Hawkshead beers, snakes its way deep into the room. Stripped wood adds to the lightness of touch and walls are decorated with giant pictures of hopgardens.

Up the stairs is more accommodation, with the added benefit of windows looking down into the brewery itself so you can see exactly how the pint in your glass has come together.

Tables and sofas are scattered around for whatever seating preference you favour, live music adds to the buzz on some weekends and brewery tours are available at 1pm each day (booking advised).

A couple of times a year, The Beer Hall is given over to a bustling, family-oriented beer festival, based around northern breweries, making full use of the bar’s fifty-four beer lines.

On these occasions, street food vans line up outside. At other times, tapas snacks (a British take on the Spanish idea) and more substantial dishes are regularly served inside (lunchtimes during the week and for most of the day at weekends).

Hawkshead has recently announced plans for a new £3 million brewery to be constructed on a different site. But the current brewery will remain in action, producing small run and experimental beers, and The Beer Hall, it is good to hear, will remain an important part of the operation.

The Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Cumbria
Tel. (01539) 825260
Opening Hours: 12–6; 12–11 Friday and Saturday; 12–8 Sunday

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