Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater, Cumbria

When a heatwave overtakes you when you are walking in the Lake District then the only sensible thing to do is find a welcoming pub. We were endeavouring to do a circular walk from Elterwater when I noticed a pub which looked very nice, The Britannia Inn!
Having made myself a mental note to return to the Brit we were off into some spectacular walking country.

After two hours in the blazing sun we were happy to find our way back to the pub where other  thirsty travellers were already forming a queue at the bar.

Plenty of local beers were on offer and the pile of casks round the back gave an indication of the range of local breweries who are supported by this pub.

The wait at the bar was worth it (and the barman was a nice chatty bloke) so we just managed to snap the immaculately served ale before it disappeared. The first was a session bitter at 3.6%  - marvellous! My second was a pint of Britannia, made for the pub by Coniston Brewery, whose Bluebird bitter was also available on the wickets.

This pub is an absolute gem. It is in a brilliant setting, serves local beers and makes you feel very welcome. If you are in the area, Langdale Pikes are just up the road, make a point of calling in. Food is also served and it looked very nice even though we did not sample it. We will, however, make a point of calling in next time we are in the Lake District.

King's Head, Huddersfield.

Beer train aficionados will probably know this one. Just outside Huddersfield station is a cracking pub called the King's Head. In a town where there are some cracking pubs we were pleased to find this one right in the middle, outside the station in George's Square.

Those of you who think that is a picture of Charles I take a careful look. If you don't know that it is the legendary Jimi Hendrix - well it is. The pub is acquiring that status itself.  As well as being a must visit pub when doing the Leeds- Stalybridge beer train it is also a great local music venue. 

When you get to Huddersfield you have a great choice of pubs. A friend who works in the town said that the beer in the Kings Head was really good. After an hour I could not really disagree. We arrived on Saturday teatime and the place was already rocking with people enjoying good beer and a convivial atmosphere.
There was a fine selection of local beers on draught when we were there. The Ringmaster was interesting as was the Golcar mild.

Town centre drinking is not for everyone but if you are in Huddersfield then I recommend that you call into the King's Head and sample what they have to offer.