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


Food glorious food

Dining at a Thwaites Inns of Character isn’t a fussy affair, more 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.

Al fresco dining or cosy log fire?

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.

Local ingredients from trusted suppliers

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….

Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese

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 Butchers

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 Yorkshire Smoke House

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.

Pennys of Accrington

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.

A taste of things to come

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’s board at each inn, inspired by the season and local suppliers.