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


Real ales from Thwaites

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.

2015 Signature Ales


Old Dan – 6.5%, Old ale chestnut coloured and warming with fruitcake flavours

13 Guns – 5.5%, US Style IPA, tropical fruit character, lots of hops, hops and more hops… totally awesome

Pure Shores – 4.2%, A reminder of Summer, with a hint of lemongrass

Hobnobber – 4.7%, Moreish flavours throughout with a malty and nutty finish


Symphonic – 4.7%, Full bodied with notes of coffee and chocolate balanced with blackberry giving a fruity hopped body

Curious Orange – 5.0%, Hoppy seville and blood orange flavours with biscuit malty notes

Porcelain – 5.2%, A spicy hop character with banana and clove notes complimented by a floral pine nose

Straw Poll – 3.9%, A strawberry blonde for a bit of sun

First Crusade – 3.9%, British maris otter malt and Crusader hops combine to create this balanced blonde ale with a distinctive floral hop body.

Ruby Ruby – 4.4%, Full bodied ruby ale complimented by a late hopped grapefruit character

Abloom – 3.9%, An upfront burst of hoppy floral notes linger long


First Crusade – 3.9%, British maris otter malt and Crusader hops combine to create this balanced blonde ale with a distinctive floral hop body

Dim Sun – 4.2%, A clean golden ale with passionfruit and pine hop flavours

2015 Occasional Ales


Light Touch – 3.5%, Full tasting golden ale with malty character, hopped with bramling cross to give a good spicy hop linger


Springs Sprung – 3.8%, refreshing amber ale bursting with spicy and citrus hop character

Wainwright Pub Walks App

Enjoy the great outdoors and a fantastic pint? Then the new Wainwright Pub Walks app was made for you! Download it now and you’ll never need to wonder which direction to head for a pint of the golden ale.

Spoilt for choice?

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?

Whet your whistle

Naturally, in addition to the fine selection of real ales, you also have a choice of lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

World’s Best Mild!

We are pleased to announce that Thwaites Nutty Black has been named as the World’s Best Mild and of the nine best dark beers in the world. World’s Best Mild 2012, Sweet plummy nose, burnt, smoky, taste with dark fruit and lots of dark malts. Biscuits, some liquorice, great complexity for such a low ABV. Big and warm in the long, lingering finish.

Wines off the beaten path

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.