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


Phoenix Nights – 3.7%, Malty body leading into a good pine, floral hopped finish

Stolen I.D – 4.2%, Cascade, Cascade, Cascade – clean, fresh, zesty grapefruit character

Sunny Mead – 3.6%, Honey flavour and sweetness balanced by traditional English hops


Spice Racked – 6.0%, Initially smooth with deep complex flavours spiced up with Chipotles

2015 Occasional Ales


Magic Sponge – 4.1%, Robust English best bitter with a traditional fruity hop character


Straw Poll – 3.9%, Strawberry blonde ale for a refreshing taste of Summer


Sunny Mead – 3.6%, A spiced mead to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the magna carter

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.

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.