The Lakes – Crafty Baa, Holbeck Ghyll, Loughrigg Tarn and The Beer Hall at Hawkshead Brewery

Due to us expecting our first child, my wife and I have decided disappearing to Andalusia for wine and tapas is ill-advised so many more relaxed trips are booked in for the foreseeable future. Of which, hopefully some will include the occasional detour to find good beer.

The Crafty Baa in Windermere has only been open for three months. They have a selection of around 100 beers plus five keg lines and have just starting serving food. Mac n Cheese and Deli-style sandwiches are available daily.

We found a good deal on Holbeck Ghyll and as we hadn’t got any holidays booked a cheap Sunday night away was a good consolation. The food and service we received at this stunning location was fantastic.

 My wife’s granddad’s ashes were scattered at one of his favourite spots; the picturesque Loughrigg Tarn. Laura hadn’t been back since that day so we returned on a bright, yet chilly, Monday morning to share our exciting news.

On the drive back we visited both Hawkshead (the village) and the Hawkshead Brewery; now in Staveley. A quick half of their Hop Black tasted superb on cask and I only wish I’d ordered a pint.

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