The Blacksmiths Arms is a CAMRA National Inventory pub. Its slate flagged floors and oak beams conjure up days gone by. However, alongside the dreaded Dent were two beers that were either yeasty or, in the second case, metallic.
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A nice compact pub crawl is possible here, accompanied by a visit to the excellent bakers. Just be aware of potential pie pinchers. The GBG Manor Arms had by far the best choice, with the only criticism being that, in a small pub of that size, the pool table was wasted seating space.
The Prince of Wales is a very busy pub as punters come and go via the railway station across the road. The pub is ok, but their own beers were a bit amateurish for my palate.
The Brown Horse Inn was another cracking brewpub. All the Winster Valley Brewery beers packed a lot of flavour into sub 4% strengths. I eventually settled for Hurdler, a fruity little 3.5% with enough hop bite to make it the perfect beer garden accompaniment.
Another architecturally impressive pub, the White Hart is a slate flagged 17th century coaching inn, complete with a wood-burning stove. Loweswater Gold was the order of the day here.
The last pub of the trip was another excellent stop. Punch had given up on the Derby Arms but, as often seems to be the case, once out of their bungling hands, it thrived. A lovely pub with some good food served quickly. And the Hawkshead Bitter wasn’t too shabby, either.
So, a very successful trip overall. Memorable for some great pubs, Stopwatch Sid flying solo, and a dodgy late night curry.