During the coronavirus lockdown, it was difficult to keep on top of what our local pubs, clubs and breweries have been up to! Most went into hibernation for the duration, although some provided a collection and/or delivery service.
The Farmers Arms in Baycliff, owned by Chattaway Inns along with the Farmers Arms and the Rose & Crown in Ulverston, donated nearly 200kg of supplies to Ulverston foodbank, a most welcome contribution in these desperate times.
Marie at the Anglers Arms in Haverthwaite made face masks, blankets and other comforters for local hospitals and hospices. She is a dressmaker by trade so then started to make breathable fabric face masks, washable aprons, and scrubs for the doctors and nurses there at her own expense. After receiving donations from friends and Facebook followers she was able to buy more fabric to produce even more! It's wonderful to see this support for our NHS heroes!
Once lockdown was lifted on 4th July, a number of pubs re-opened, with others delaying this as the new restrictions and requirements were "interpreted". We think most of the pubs in our branch area have now opened in some way but we are aware of some which haven't, perhaps because they were already up for sale because the landlord wished to retire. Others have changed hands and are being refurbished. We are attempting to keep WhatPub up to date but it's like trying to hit a fast-moving target! If you use Facebook, check a pub's page for up to date information. Just remember, you may have to book, you might have to wait to be let in if it's busy, and you might have to stay outside even if it starts to rain.
The Crown at High Newton has been purchased by local chef Kevin Tickle who intends to reopen it in November. The Prince of Wales at Foxfield has also changed hands. The new owner (who also owns the Devonshire in Millom) hopes the Prince will reopen early next year.
Alex Routledge (ex Hawkshead) joined Cumbrian Ales on Monday 29 June. (Cumbrian Ales is the new name for Cumbrian Legendary Ales - the beers are unchanged!)
The Old Brewery in Ulverston has been sold by Robinsons to local businessman Matthew Mayvers who owns Caterkwik, the catering equipment company based in Newland on the outskirts of Ulverston. He would like to know what local people would want on the site; he is looking to refurbish the Bird in Hand which may be reopened as a pub or restaurant. Recently he sold some of the old redundant pub furniture to raise funds for St Mary's Hospice. Have a look at The Old Brewery page on Facebook to follow progress on this project.
Paul Bibby at Roa Island Boat Club (our Club of the Year 2020 which has its own brewery) tells us he's added a couple of new beers to his range - an American style wheat beer and a Bohemian Pilsner- he's also changed the names of his beers to include the word Daylight because the solar panels generate more electricity than the brewery uses.
(Our Cider Pub of the Year 2020, the Wellington in Loppergarth, had solar panels fitted last year which generates power for their brewery, Healey's. And both the Devonshire Arms and Stringers Brewery in Ulverston have used solar power for some time.)