Inns of Character

  • The Judge's Lodging York

  • The Lister Arms at Malham

    Nestled at the foot of Malham Cove, The Lister Arms, with its roaring log fires and delicious home cooked food, is a walker’s paradise.

  • The Royal Oak at Keswick

    Set in the heart of the Lake District, The Royal Oak at Keswick is the perfect place to combine a love of walking with a warm and welcoming stay.

  • Penny Street Bridge, Lancaster

    Escape the hustle and bustle of city life to historic Lancaster and spend some time in the relaxed surroundings of the listed Inn of Penny Street Bridge.

  • The Fleece at Cirencester

    At the heart of the Cotswolds, The Fleece at Cirencester is the perfect base for exploring Tetbury, Bourton-on-the-water or Cheltenham , and further afield to Oxford, Stratford and Bath.

  • The Millstone at Mellor

    Escape to the charming Millstone at Mellor and relax in cosy dining rooms, feast on home cooked food and sleep in comfortable beds.

  • The Lion At Settle

    In the heart of the breathtaking Dales, the newly refurbished Lion at Settle showcases its traditional coaching inn heritage and deliciously prepared ingredients from the surrounding areas.

  • The Bull’s Head, Earlswood



Thwaites plc is a family-controlled company, based in Blackburn, Lancashire. The company was founded in 1807 when Daniel Thwaites, an excise officer, bought a small brewery. From humble beginnings and five generations of the family, the business has gone from strength to strength and now includes:

  • Thwaites Brewery – creating a range traditional cask ales for sale throughout our own pubs, inns and hotels and to retail and free trade accounts throughout the UK.
  • Thwaites Pubs – a collection of 290 tenanted pubs .
  • Shire Hotels – founded in 1980 these six award-winning four star hotels offer exceptional hospitality and service levels.
  • Thwaites Inns of Character – formed in 2011 and managed by Shire Hotels.
  • James Pickup Wine and Spirit Merchants – a great connection to help us secure some of the best wines at great value prices.