Pub of the month, January 2015 – Britannia Inn, Elterwater

One of the quietest months for Pub of the Month. A trip to the Lakes at the turn of the year saw the only 2 trips out – we had a fair bit of home improvement work lined up for the rest of the month (the lounge needed redecorating after 15 years!)

The runner up this month is Lucy4, part of the Lucy’s empire in Ambleside. Lucy’s main restaurant is a very informal affair, and Lucy4 carries on that informal concept with a more tapas style of menu, featuring things like proper tortillas, figs & dolcelatte, lemon & olive roast potatoes or chargrilled balsamic chicken. Like their neighbour, they also serve a few bottled local ales, including the Coniston classic Old Man Ale.

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The winner is a classic walker’s pub in Elterwater, the Britannia Inn. I’ve lost count of the number of times that we’ve been here, it’s a regular winter walking stop as it is perfectly placed on many walks in the area. We’ve even sat outside having soup and chips on more than one sunny January lunchtime.

A lovely pub which is so welcoming to walkers, we stopped here on a walk with our friends Pik & Deb and their two boys, after walking over from nearby Neaum Crag, where we stayed many years ago. A lovely lunch and a cracking pint of Britannia Gold from Eden Brewery.

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A worthy pub of the month winner!

Beer of the month, January 2015

January is usually a good month for beer sampling. I’m usually lucky enough to get a nice selection of different beers for Xmas (you get what you give, after all), and the first few days are usually spent in Cumbrian pubs as we see in the New Year with a few more walks before returning to work.

The winner for January 2015 turns out to be one of those Xmas present beers though, one of a selection of bottles from the Flipside Brewery, a small brewery in Colwick, just outside Nottingham. The Russian Imperial Stout is the one I have picked. It has won the Midlands Region SIBA competition for cask Premium Strong beers for two years running and early in 2014 it won a National Bronze award in that category. It also won a Gold Award for the SIBA Midlands Region in the Bottled Porters, Milds, Old Ales and Stouts category, followed by a Bronze medal over all bottled categories. It is a cracking beer, with hints of chocolate and coffee and roasty and malty flavours. Very tasty and a worthy beer of the month.

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