Dining at a Thwaites Inns of Character is a relaxed informal experience where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to enjoy the best local, seasonal produce. Pride is taken in the fact that our dishes are simple, yet perfectly executed and at really reasonable prices.
Whether you want to dine outside in a courtyard on a warm summer’s day or cosy up beside a glowing log fire when there’s a chill in the air, you’ll find a myriad of different dining experiences at each of our Thwaites Inns of Character. Each location has its own unique layout – from intimate little nooks and big tables beside fireplaces to beautiful brassieres for romantic dinners and private dining for special occasions.
Trusted local suppliers inspire the menus we offer you throughout the changing seasons. We believe that when you stay at one of our Thwaites Inns of Character, you should get a real taste of the local area. For the past 30 years we’ve been working in partnership with a number of local suppliers and we’d like to introduce you to just a few of them….
Along with being a supplier to upmarket deli counters such as Harrods and Booths, Mrs Kirkham has been a supplier to Penny Street Bridge for 10 years. Mrs Kirkham has been making Lancashire Cheese for over 30 years, a skill that was passed down from her mother, making her the third generation of cheese maker in her family.
Altham’s history is engrained in the Lancashire region with the original shop founded in 1856 by a local farmer in Morecambe. 150 years later and still true to the region, Altham’s source quality assured English beef and lamb from within the area. Their exquisite tasting meat has been used in Penny Street Bridge’s recipes for over 5 years.
A trusted suppliers of both The Lion and The Lister Arms. Paganums rear traditional and rare breeds, which are able to thrive in the outdoor life of the Yorkshire Dales. The company uses a range of traditional farming techniques to produce meat with a fuller flavour.
Mackenzies have been supplying The Lister Arms and The Keswick Lodge for a number of years. Their smokehouse supplies are renowned for their true quality and consistency. Whether we need smoked fish, poultry or cheese, Mackenzies are able to provide us with exactly what we need to make our recipes as tasty as possible.
With their farming background, Tim Penny and his father, in true Lancastrian spirit, thought it would be cheaper to butcher their own meat than to get other people to do it! Pennys use lamb, pork and beef from only a handful of farms in the Ribble Valley, Trough of Bowland and Lune Valley to ensure that they know exactly where the meat is sourced and how it is reared.
You can enjoy choosing from a range of menus which change regularly throughout the seasons to reflect the produce available. You’ll also find a chef’s daily dishes board at each inn, inspired by the season and local suppliers.
Like all traditional English inns, real ales are a passion of ours, and whichever watering hole you decide to stop off at, you’ll find a well stocked bar serving the finest Thwaites real ales, brewed by Daniel Thwaites since 1807.
Guests can sample the renowned Thwaites Original, Wainwright Golden Ale and Lancaster Bomber. Plus every month we introduce a Signature ale, specially brewed by our Head Brewer, to celebrate the changing seasons – be it a warming wintery brew or light refreshing ale for summer.
If you can’t decide which of our fantastic beers to sample first, why not try our Thoroughly Thirds – a taster board of 3 x 1/3rd pints of our very best brews?
Naturally, in addition to the fine selection of real ales, you also have a choice of lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
An advantage of being part of Daniel Thwaites plc, the independent family controlled brewer, is that we also own James Pickup & Co Wine and Spirit Merchants. Established in 1790 and purveyors of fine wines ever since, they are our exclusive supplier of Thwaites Inns of Character.
The wonderful thing about having our own wine merchants is that the list has no limits and when we find a fantastic wine to share, we can easily access it. Similarly, as we deal direct with small growers in many instances, we’re able to offer top quality wines at a competitive price.