Before driving over to Kentmere we called into the Hawkshead Brewery at Staveley. It’s a real brewery where they brew their own ales, but they also have a beer hall where they serve their beer as well as food. It’s open lunch times and also during the evening on Friday and Saturday (food only served until 3 pm, though).
Visitors can look over the brewery from a viewing gallery at the back of the building
and they have 2 large storage tanks next to the beer hall.
They also run brewery tours at 2 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
It might seem odd that they’re called Hawkshead Brewery when they’re a few miles and across the other side of Windermere from the village of that name. However, that is where they started. But they outgrew their original premises after four years and moved to the present site, in the Mill Yard, beside the River Kent, in Staveley. Their range of craft beers are rather excellent (you can buy bottles to take away so no need to try them all at once!).
So two yeast based production facilities next door to each other.
There’s a number of other manufacturing, commercial and retail businesses based in the mill yard, including a shop that makes and sells chutney’s sauces and relishes and the UK’s largest cycle store.
It’s worth pulling off the fast road between Kendal and Windermere for a visit.