The Campaign for Real Ale
Furness Branch

Pub News and Local Rumours

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Please do not rely on any information contained here without verification.


Branch Meeting Minutes
January 2008
Capitola, Daltongate, Ulverston has two handpumps and a good selection of bottled beers. 
Rumour has it that the New Inn, Marton is up for sale. 
Ship Inn, Millom is re-opening. The new landlord used to run the Kings Arms in Ulverston.  
Steve from the Old Friends, Ulverston is leaving. 
The White House, Barrow has Black Sheep, Tetley Bitter plus another. 
Millers, Ulverston has Black Sheep but reports speak of poor quality. This website is far too genteel to post the detail of said reports.
Branch Meeting Minutes
December 2007
London Tavern, Askam is reportedly excellent.
Broughton Festival of Beer was another massive success.
Railway at Lindal has been sold and has new people in.
Miller's in Ulverston is open again and is selling beer.
Branch Meeting Minutes
November 2007
Broughton Festival of Beer November 10th.
Branch Meeting Minutes
October 2007
Thwaites are buying the Miners at Swarthmoor.
The Farmers, Baycliff is being sold by Robinson's, unlicensed - i.e. not as a pub.
The White House, Barrow is being bought by the folks from the Copper Dog, Leece.
Branch Meeting Minutes
September 2007
5th to 7th October - Stouts & Porters Weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield.
The Bridge, Dalton has been bought by Thwaites and is being refitted.
We believe (?) that Crofters, Holbeck, has been bought by Jennings.
Engine Inn, Cark has achieved Cask Marque certification.
High Cross, Broughton has reopened.
London Tavern, Askam is now serving Copper Dragon Golden Pippin.
Pheasant, Allithwaite now has three beers on.
Reports suggest that the Guide Over Sands, Allithwaite has improved considerably.
Branch Meeting Minutes
August 2007
The Sheffield, Barrow has real ale again.
Unlike the Ferry, Walney, where real ale dispense has ceased.
13th to 15th July - Cider, perry & fruit beer weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield
17th to 19th August - Beer Festival - Angler's Arms, Haverthwaite.
5th to 7th October - Stouts & Porters Weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield.
Branch Meeting Minutes
July 2007
Devonshire in Ulverston has new landlord. 
Royal Oak at Sparkbridge has new landlord.  
5th to 7th October - Stouts & Porters Weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield.
13th to 15th July - Cider, perry & fruit beer weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield
17th to 19th August - Beer Festival - Angler's Arms, Haverthwaite
5th to 7th October - Stouts & Porters Weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield.
Branch Meeting Minutes
June 2007
Queens at Biggar has closed. Landlord now at Ship, Roose.
"For Sale" sign has gone from the Railway, Lindal, although it remains on the market.
Abbey Tavern, Barrow is being advertised at £500,000.
High Cross, Broughton has closed.
Old Bank, Barrow has beer on again -  Tetley Imperial (editor's note - supply is somewhat unreliable).
New landlord at the Crown at Flookburgh. 
Bradylls at Ulverston has Ulverston and Black Sheep beers. 
15th to 17th June - Brewers' Weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield.
13th to 15th July - Cider, perry & fruit beer weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield
17th to 19th August - Beer Festival - Angler's Arms, Haverthwaite
Branch Meeting Minutes
May 2007
1st to 3rd June - Beer Festival - Copper Dog, Leece
15th to 17th June - Brewers' Weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield.
13th to 15th July - Cider, perry & fruit beer weekend, Prince Of Wales, Foxfield
17th to 19th August - Beer Festival - Angler's Arms, Haverthwaite
Branch Meeting Minutes
April 2007
The Castle, Walney now has Real Ale. Suddenly, Walney is awash with the stuff!!!.
Branch Meeting Minutes
March 2007
The Railway, Lindal is up for sale.
Ian and Sandra from the little Kings in Ulverston are moving to FURNESS Golf Club, not Ulverston Golf Club.
Norm and Judy are leaving the Kings at Hawcoat. I've checked it for myself.
The High Cross at Broughton has closed.
Black Dog is open under new stewardship and has received good reviews.
The Ferry, Walney now has guest beers.
Branch Meeting Minutes
February 2007
The Railway, Lindal is up for sale.
Ian and Sandra from the little Kings in Ulverston are moving to Ulverston Golf Club.
Norm and Judy are leaving the Kings at Hawcoat. However, this has been alleged in the past, so I'll check it for myself.
Mike and Linda at the Anglers, Haverthwaite are to step back from running the pub, with Phil taking a bigger role.
Stan Laurel, Ulverston has been taken over and an increase in real ale availability is expected.
Branch members have noted a drop in beer quality at the Farmers in Ulverston.
The beer festival at Boot (week after Whit) is noted as a good event.
Branch Meeting Minutes
January 2007
The Black Dog, Holmes Green will be under new licensees from February 1st. Real Ale, food and B&B.
The Farmers at Newton is now brewing with a half-barrel plant. Apparently the first brew sold out rather rapidly!
Branch Meeting Minutes
December 2006
The Real Ale bar at the Duke of Edinburgh, Barrow is now open and serving four Lancaster beers and two Thwaite's beers. Pricing seems a tad pricey to Pete and Kate, with the
Lancaster beers starting at £2.20 for the 3.6% ABV Lancaster Blonde. No price lists on display, which is illegal - Pete raised this with the acting manager and will  follow it up, with
the manager and through Cumbria Trading Standards, if necessary. Price quoted on request for a large glass of Rose wine was £6.60.
Certificate presented to the Manor, Broughton, in recognition of eighteen years of support for Real Ale.
Branch Meeting Minutes
November 2006
The Ambrose, Barrow has reopened after building work. Holding a Cumbrian beer festival, 17th - 18th November.
No cask beer on yet at the Strawberry, Barrow.
The Old Bank, Barrow has closed, again.
The Swan, Ulverston is doing well under new ownership & management.
The Devonshire, Ulverston has a new landlord.
The Village Inn, Newton and the Burlington, Kirkby are now stocking Ulverston Brewing Company beers.
Branch Meeting Minutes
October 2006
Duke of Edinburgh, Barrow now under the same ownership as the Water Witch and the Sun (both in Lancaster). Undergoing big refurbishment, with a Real Ale bar expected soon 
and the possibility of a microbrewery in the future. Looks like good news!!!
Strawberry, Barrow being refurbished, due to reopen end of October. Greene King beers. Another Barrow Real Ale outlet - it's right good stuff this real beer!!  
Phil Entwistle of the Top Lock, Heapey (near Chorley) has bought Hawkshead Brewery's share of the Swan, Ulverston.  
Branch Meeting Minutes
August 2006
The Old Bank in Barrow now has Deuchars IPA on.  
Stuart and Linda have been at the POW 10 years on 16th September 2006!  
Branch Meeting Minutes
July 2006
The Cross Keys in Barrow, has Barngates Tag Lag and itís only £1.60 a pint.  
The Bridge in Dalton had on a beer from Ulverston Brewing Company.  
The people currently running The Devonshire Arms at Ulverston may be taking on The Lancastrian. 
Branch Meeting Minutes
June 2006
The Peacock in Barrow now has beer on.
Red Lion at Dalton now has four beers on.
Branch Meeting Minutes
May 2006

The Ship at Bardsea now has beer, from Moorhouses and Ulverston Brewing Company. 

The Tower Bank Arms at Sawrey has a new landlord and will be selling local beers. 

Branch Meeting Minutes
April 2006
The Manor at Broughton is officially no longer on the market.  
Miller's, Ulverston, has been sold to Punch Taverns. Management of The Old Farmhouse are to run both pubs.
Ambrose, Barrow are to hold an Easter beer festival.
Railway, Askam now has Real Ale, from Jennings.  

Branch Meeting Minutes
March 2006
The future of the Manor at Broughton is still up in the air. Sale to Enterprise Inns has been abandoned.  
Vernon will leave The Swan, Ulverston, imminently.
Black Dog, Holmes Green (between Dalton and Ireleth) and Masons, Strawberry Bank will both go non-smoking throughout from March 1st..  
Miner's, Silecroft is planning a beer festival. No further details available, sorry.  

Branch Meeting Minutes
February 2006
The future of the Manor at Broughton is still up in the air, after problems with the negotiations over its sale.  
The Swan, Ulverston is on the market.  
The King William IV at Kirksanton will be holding a beer festival. No details available.  
The Burlington, Kirkby has been sold. No further details available.  
The Burnmoor Inn, Boot has been bought by Robinsonís and renamed the Boot Inn. 

Branch Meeting Minutes
January 2006


Anyone wanting to become the new King of Piel?  The Ship is up for tenancy.

Branch Meeting Minutes
December 2005


The Ship at Bardsea is selling Robinsons, Hartleys and Marstons beers. 


The Braddylls at Bardsea is open again. 


The Cavendish in Dalton is up for tenancy, numerous pubs in Dalton now up for sale. 


The Vic Vaults in Barrow has Green King IPA and a guest on. 


Branch Meeting Minutes
November 2005


The Sun at Hawkshead is up for sale, as are The Bridge and The Masons in Dalton.


New landlord at the Bird in Hand, Ulverston.


Branch Meeting Minutes
October 2005

The Braddylls at Bardsea has shut. 

The Ship at Bardsea does have handpumps but don’t know what’s on yet. 

The Tower Bank Arms at Near Sawrey is up for lease. 

The Cavendish in Dalton is up for lease. 

New landlord at The Old Friends, Ulverston.


North West Evening Mail
6th September 2005


THE organisers of Ulverston Beer Festival have raised their glasses to a bumper event — so successful that punters drank the bar dry and they had to restock.

More than 2,000 people attended the three-day real ale bonanza at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston, the festival’s biggest crowd in its 19-year history.

Campaign for Real Ale members manned the bar, serving more than 70 beers, ciders and perries.

Thirsty festival goers queued outside as the hall filled to its 450 capacity before 7.30pm. From then on they were allowed in on a one-in, one-out basis.


North West Evening Mail
2nd September 2005


REAL ale enthusiasts will sup thousands of pints at Ulverston’s first non-smoking Beer Festival, which got under way last night.

The ale was flowing again from noon today, with more than 70 beers, ciders and perries to choose from at the Coronation Hall.

Campaign for Real Ale members are running the festival, which is smoke-free, following the wishes of those who completed a survey at last year’s event.

More than 1,600 festival goers are expected to attend. They will be invited to vote for the best beer of event and also the best brewer.

To encourage voting, a gallon of beer is on offer in a prize draw.

The festival is open until 11pm tonight. There will be entertainment from The Good Old Boys. Entry is £2 after 7pm, £1 before. Tomorrow the bar opens at 11am and the event runs until 11pm.

North West Evening Mail
11th August 2005


CHEERS: Stuart and Lynda Johnson, of the Prince of Wales, Foxfield, crowned Cumbria’s Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale

CHEERS: Stuart and Lynda Johnson, of the Prince of Wales, Foxfield, 
crowned Cumbria’s Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale

THE Prince of Wales in Foxfield has been crowned Cumbria’s Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale.
The pub and microbrewery beat off the challenge from three others in the county to claim the title.
It was voted ahead of the Highland Drove Inn at Great Salkeld, the Greyhound at Shap and the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater.
Now it does battle with pubs for the North West Regional title.
“It would be wrong to say it was better than all the rest,” said Jim Chapple, editor of CAMRA’s Cumbria Real Ale Guide, published last month.
“On balance, it was the best pub and it was the pub of the year with the emphasis on pub.
“It won because of its beer choice, beer quality, ambience and sympathetic evolution of the property.”

Branch Meeting Minutes
July 2005

 The Anglers Arms at Haverthwaite are having a beer festival 19th, 20th and 21st August.

Cumbria Branches meeting 20th August at The Prince of Wales,  2.00pm.   

Jim Chapple confirmed he is standing down as area organiser.   

Branch and Cumbria Pub of the year presentations to be made on the Thursday night of the beer festival.   

The Railway at Lindal opening as a pub again as has The Ship at Greenodd, watch this space.


Branch Meeting Minutes
July 2005

Possibility that the Black Dog may remain in the safekeeping of Jack dependent upon health factors.
Lancaster brewery is now in production. Lancaster Duchy (3.9%) was on the bar of the Royal Oak and was well received by the branch.


Branch Meeting Minutes
May 2005

Crag should be being published in mid May.  

The Railway at Lindal is now supposed to be going back to a pub!  Watch this space.

John made the sad announcement regarding Jack at The Black Dog,  who for health reasons is advertising the pub up for lease.  
He has put up adverts in the pub and has advertised in a few ‘pub mags’.  
Obviously he wants the pub to go to someone who will keep the real ale on.  
We discussed this and realised we would have to pull the pub from the 2006 GBG, the next reserve pub will therefore go in it’s place.  
The branch wishes Jack better health soon and appreciates what he has done for real ale over the last few years.  

The High Cross at Broughton is up for sale.  

Lou had visited The Wilson Arms at Coniston which is selling real ale again.  


Branch Meeting Minutes
April 2005

The Sheffield is doing guest beers, with a preference for local breweries.

The White House has beer on at £1.60. 

The Barley Mow is up for sale unlicensed.

Royal Oak at Cartmel is now Cask Marque.


North West Evening Mail
14th Mar 2005

Foxfield pub launches beer named after vicar

Prince of Wales makes news.


Branch Meeting Minutes
Feb 2005

The new landlord of The Barley Mow, Ulverston has been in touch as he is a keen real ale enthusiast. 
Stuart, Diane, Graham and Pete have been, good beer. 

Glenn has left The Swan, another landlord is in the pipeline. 

Paul, Anita, Graham and Pete all agree The Old Farmhouse good beer. 

National Pub of the Year results will be announced on Wednesday 16th February. 
The Manor at Broughton is one of the four finalists.

Click here for results

Branch Meeting Minutes
Jan 2005

New landlords at The Ship, Roose and The Old Farmhouse, Ulverston. 

Furness Tavern on Bath St, Barrow now has real ale.

Branch Meeting Minutes
Dec 2004

The Lindale Inn has been sold to Mitchells. This could be good news as they already own the excellent Anglers at Haverthwaite. The Copper Dog at Leece has a new landlord going to have three beers, one of which will still be Tetley Bitter.   

The Railway at Dalton have been seeking advice about putting on real ale. 

The Railway at Lindal has applied for planning permission to change to a house; we think this has gone through.  Kate to contact HQ to pull it from the GBG. 

The Ship at Greenodd has been sold; no other details.


Branch Meeting Minutes
Nov 2004

The Stagger Inn, at Stainton previously The Farmers, will have up to 7 beers. 

The Swan at Ulverston new owners take over on 6th December 2004.  Up to 10 beers to be on! 

The Crown at High Newton new landlord again. 

No one seems to know what is going on at The Barley Mow as licensees change frequently. 

The Farmers at Newbarns has reopened, with two beers from what appears to be suspiciously similar to a Pubmaster range. 

The Vic Tavern is being bought from the Laurel Pub Co by Greene King. Expect Greene King IPA to replace the current solitary real ale – Flowers IPA.


Branch Meeting Minutes
Oct 2004

The Farmers on Hollow Lane, Barrow looking at having 4 real ales on after the refurbishment.

The Drunken Duck is going to have a ‘drinkers area’ 

The Hope and Anchor has been taken over. 

The Ship at Kirkby food details in the GBG are wrong, couldn’t be helped as survey done last Feb. 

The Red Lion at Dalton has been sold it’s a free house and will sell Holts beers.

Broughton Festival of Beer 22/10/04.  There is to be transport to the outlaying areas. 

Westmorland Beer Festival 26th Oct.  see for details.

Next West Pennines Branches meeting 30th October 2004.


 Branch Meeting Minutes
Sep  2004

The Stan Laurel has changed hands.

Miners at Swarthmoor are having a large extension built. 

The Ship at Kirkby is having 14-bed hostel built and extending the pub. 

The White Harts no smoking policy is going ok. 

The Hope and Anchor is being taken over by the landlady of The Peel.

Prince of Wales birthday 16th September.  

Broughton Festival of Beer 22nd October 2004.  

There is a Central Lancashire Real Ale Guide available to buy. 


BBC News article on interesting Charity Event  
23rd July 2004

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Branch Meeting Minutes
July 2004

Ken is leaving The Stan in Ulverston next week, Alan Nelson is taking over.  

The Farmers at Newbarns looking at having a changing guest beer, the current tenants are going to The Copper Dog at Leece. 

The Farmers at Newton is possibly sold. 

The Red Rose Club at Ulverston are going to start brewing, John to make arrangements to meet them. 

The Old Farmhouse at Ulverston has reopened. 

The Concle at Rampside closes at 6.00pm, or it may just be for George! 

The beer at The Swan, Ulverston has gone up to £1.75 a pint. 

Change of manager at The Furness Railway.


Branch Meeting Minutes
June 2004

Stan Laurel is up for sale. 

White Hart at Bouth are looking at buying lined glasses. 

The Miners at Swarthmoor a looking at building an extension Thwaites beers on. 

Hope and Anchor at Ulverston being taken over by the lady from The Peel. 

The Barley Mow was ‘selling beer from the Greenodd brewery’ watch this space. 

The Devonshire at Ulverston now has 4 hand pump beers on.  


Branch Meeting Minutes
April  2004

The Old Farmhouse, Ulverston still closed.

The White House, Barrow now has a guest beer on.

The Farmers, Newton up for sale £450,000.

There is to be a Yorkshire Beer Festival at The Black Dog in May.

The Ship at Greenodd is looking at brewing, 5 barrel plant.

The Sun at Coniston and The Kings Arms, Cartmel are both up for sale


From the Furness Inn-Quirer Issue 12
30th March 2004

Branch Lines

From Friday 5th to Sunday 7th of March the Anglers Arms, at Haverthwaite will be holding another beer festival. 
If this one is as successful as their summer one, then those who are able to make their way there will find a wide range of beers on offer.
Private festivals such as this one, and the growing number of others which are set to be staged, in and around the district in the coming months, offer an excellent opportunity to sample brews that are not usually so readily available to us. 
So seize the chance and help to make this festival and other such events a success.

The CAMRA National AGM is being held on Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th, at the Southport Theatre and Floral Hall.
Members wishing to attend are asked to make their own way there, and arrange overnight accommodation where necessary.

On Saturday May 8th, our long anticipated visit to the 'Sulwath Brewery,' at Castle Douglas, in the lovely Galloway district of Southern Scotland, is due to take place.
An overnight stop in Dumfries is planned, where a wide range of cask beers can be found and sampled. Hopefully a report on the visit, and the ale trail that will no doubt follow it, should appear in our summer issue.

Plans are also being made for a package deal trip to that most popular of Lincolnshire's assets, Bateman's Brewery, in Wainfleet. 
As this will no doubt attract quite a bit of interest, the details, once they have been finalised, will be given in our summer issue.


BBC News article on 24 hour drinking  
23rd March 2004

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Branch Meeting Minutes
March 2004

The Old Bank, Barrow now has a guest beer on.

The Ship at Greenodd may be brewing.

The Railway at Askam up for sale £160,000.

The Barley Mow in Ulverston now up for sale £140,000

The Old Farmhouse, Ulverston currently shut.

General comments that beer in Ulverston has increased in price.

It is now legal to buy meths on a Sunday. (how did this get in here ? ed)

The first brewery in Barrow for over thirty years, Abraham Thompson’s Brewing Company, is about to commence operations, courtesy of John Mulholland.

Pete Jefferies asked about having a local award for good beer in the area.  To be brought forward to the next meeting.



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