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Tweedies Bar at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere

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user reviews of Tweedies Bar at Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere

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Dark, stone-floored bar. Ten handpumps serving among others Tiny Rebel Juicy, Hawkshead Windermere Pale and Coniston Old Man. Seven keg taps serving Hawkshead/Siren Thresher Spelt IPA, Fierce Tropical Tart and Vocation Oak & Dagger. Juicy, Tropical Tart and Oak & Dagger were all superb. Prices are slightly on the high side. I couldn’t understand why the Hawkshead/Siren collab was £6.60 for two thirds, almost double what I paid at the Hawkshead brewery! Having said that, I paid two visits to this pub in a week and it is a great place for a drink after a day’s walking on the fells.
holbornboy - 9 Jul 2017 20:51
Favourite in Grasmere - got everything. Great food, beer, entertainment at weekends, the odd wedding, beer garden.

On this visit, it was a wonderful Coniston Old Man Ale at £3.70. Average for these parts.

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Mappiman - 17 May 2017 10:28
My last tick of the day on the way back to Keswick and its this guide regular based in the Dale Lodge hotel.

Large imposing building in the centre of the village, the hotel is in a lovely settling with a sprawling lawn to the front as you enter into the bar area.

A whopping 10 hand pumps with 8 ales and 2 real ciders. I went for a bat of 3 ales, my choices being Cumbrian Legendary Ales Cascadian Dark Ale @ 4.5%, Highland Brewery Orkney Best @ 3.6% and the wife had a Perry from Two Trees.

Extremely busy at 7.30pm when we arrived, most of the punters were enjoying the food and it looked very good.

Hundreds of pump clips lining the walls and ceiling beams , I guess all of these ales have been served in this bar.

Tweedies is a cracking place with a real nice atmosphere, quick attentive service from knowledge staff, good range of ales and a great location.

Another great tick for me.

lezford - 6 Aug 2015 16:42
Nice, good food, better than average pub nosh. Wide range of beers, do a paddle, better then getting stuck with a whole pint of something unpleasant.
Don't recommend Fletcher Christian hoppy beer, tasted like it had five tablespoons of salt in it, sure that was one just to keep the bar staff entertained.
Juanfortheroad - 11 Mar 2014 20:11
Best range of real ales we found in the lakes, spoilt for choice. Legendary Cumbrian Ales, Hawkshead, Barngates and Yates was complimented with a couple of beers from outside the county. Now offering discount for CAMRA members. Also a huge beer garden.
anybody - 21 Aug 2013 21:34
Got here at opening time a few weeks back - great range of ales - bit dark inside if I remember rightly but if weather good there is a massive beer garden.
kernott1 - 3 Jul 2013 18:39
Good range of beers to be had in this pub. The food, while very good, is a bit over the top for a pub. 17 quid buys a bit of sea bass on a bed of minted peas with potatoes and pancetta.
After a long walk up the hills a big plate of cod and chips for a tenner would have been ideal.
Not mentioned on this website is the Lamb Inn, just around the corner. While it doesn't have the range of beers Tweedies have (in fact one night it didn't have ANY beers on), the food is less fussy, still very good and a lot cheaper.
So perhaps an ideal evening is to have few beer in this bar followed by a meal in the Lamb.
Dymchurchdaytripper - 4 Jun 2013 20:23
went in on Saturday evening. probably the best range of ale in the lakes. up to 7 pumps for cask and 1 was a perry.

highly recommended!
juninhocrunch - 15 Jan 2013 10:58
If seeking shelter from the inevitable downpours in the beautiful village of Grasmere, this is the place to seek shelter. Here is to be found a simply unbeatable range of well kept real ales, cheerful and good humoured staff and decent food. They've introduced London prices to make us londoners feel at home and the interior is a little spartan. Nevertheless, a winner!

The Strange Torpor
strangetorpor - 9 Jan 2013 19:58
paid a couple of visits last week,had a beer bat of coniston oatmeal stout,hardknott ginger beer and langdale,all excellent.busy bar with people coing in off the fells,lot of dogs in there exhausted after their exerts on the hills.a group of people next to me had ordered meals,fish chips & peas and steak pie & looked great so i had a look at the meal �12.95,steak meal � steep as the local hills!i look forward to sampling the great atmosphere and beer here on future visits to the area but i`ll look somewhere else for my dinner
damocles11 - 5 Oct 2012 08:01
Always a pleasure to visit here. Excellent range of well-kept, mostly Cumbrian ales. Good place to rest your weary body after a good hike.
ed.spbw - 17 Jul 2012 22:36
What a nice surprise! Had read the reviews on BITE so on my next visit to Grasmere this was a must visit place. Doesn't look much from outside (indeed Mrs Clods felt we were going into the hotel itself) but once inside it is brilliant. Good range of ales, I tried a couple of Yates brews and very good they were too. Will come back again next time I'm up here.
clodsthecat - 21 Jun 2012 14:21
Nice to see a pub that isn't serving Robinsons or Jennings - definitely the best pub in Grasmere, though there isn't really much competition. Tucked away behind the hotel, the bar has a good range of beers available, predominantly from the local area (Abbeydale, Yates and Coniston last week) and the regulars seem up for a bit of banter. What more could you ask for?

monhiem1983 - 12 May 2012 16:53
An unlikely place to have a great range of beers in good condition.

The tasting "bat", three differrent beers is an interesting idea.

Big wood burning stove so cosy on a cold or damp day.

Pricey but then it is a hotel and open most of the time.

Pleasant garden and some parking (which can be difficult in Grasmere).

Worth supporting
pheon - 14 Jan 2012 15:51
Beer is fine but food is seriously over-priced. I paid nearly fourteen quid for a tiny curry that didnt even have any rice with it. No wonder they said (to my surprise) 'anything else'? when i ordered it!
Beerwulf - 25 Oct 2011 21:27
Arrived just before the 3pm cut off time for lunchtime food and received such a barrage of sarcasm and rudeness from the barman on duty we almost walked out. Our need for sustinance having walked miles over the top from Great Langdale was the only reason we didn't leave. Luckily the visit was saved by the excellent beer, the very good food and the waitress who delivered the food being very polite and helpful.
A great venue for beer and food and a fantastic garden - it just lacks some customer care training for certain male members of staff.
BothamsAshes - 5 Aug 2011 16:19
Not very promising from the outside because it's part of a hotel, but the beers are very good and the staff are attentive. There's a garden for warm weather or sport on TV when it rains, so you can't go far wrong.
16jamesdoc - 18 Jul 2011 10:15
Not necessarily your traditional looking Camra pub from the outside but once you enter and go to the bar, you can understand why it is so highly rated. I recently spent a week in Grasmere and visited this pub almost every day and during that week, they introduced 4 different real ales. All the ales on offer were of a high quality. If you can't decide which beer to try, then you can opt for a Tweedies bat where they serve you 3 beers of your choice in 3 one third pint glasses....all for the price of a pint.

They also serve excellent quality food.

There is a much needed real roaring fire going on those cold days.

Finally, with it being a pub in the Lakes, it's very dog friendly.
jason_bourne - 20 Mar 2011 23:00
Ate here last week - I had the pork fillet w. apple and cider sauces, cabbage and dauphinoise potatoes, which I think cost �16.50. It was delicious! All the restaurants in Grasmere are pricey but at least here we felt we'd got what we'd paid for.

I am gluten intolerant and had to ask the waiter some questions - he was polite, knew about the food, and didn't make me feel as though I was being a pain!

Very welcoming atmosphere, definitely the best pub in the area.
ringtailedlemur - 23 Aug 2010 15:59
Like this place a great deal. Decent choice of beers ( Try a bat).

Genial bar staff. Look forward to next visit in a few weeks time
Ayresomeangel - 4 Aug 2010 14:00
Lots of good beer, friendly service, nice (if pricey) food and well done up inside (more room since they've moved the bar back). All in all the best place for a drink in Grasmere
BrucetheMoose - 18 Jul 2010 22:54
An excellent place for rest and refreshment after a good walk. Up to 8 real ales with an emphasis on Cumbrian brews, usually kept in good condition. Bar staff are friendly and efficient despite the pub getting very busy at times. One of the best pubs for beer in the Lake District
ed.spbw - 5 Jul 2010 15:50
Good range of beers, about 8 when we visited and mainly local brews, and a very large garden.
tpfirt - 24 May 2010 15:18
As they proudly boast, this is the only CAMRA listed pub in Grasmere (the Travellers Rest a little to the north of the village seems to have slipped out in recent years) and a fine place for beer. There must have been 6 or 8 beers on on my visit yesterday (there are 2 or 3 in winter) from all over the UK.

The interior comprises two rooms: one with the bar and a TV, one a dining area. Both sport a modern light wood design. There is large garden areas with perhaps 20 tables and a carpark (useful in Grasmere in summer).

I ate a �12:50 burger and chips. Expensive, of course, in the Park but very good. There are �6 snacks as well.
drtimthornton - 17 May 2010 12:21
Pleasant bar tucked away from main tourist track on road up to Red Bank. Excellent range of beers together with decent cider and perry. Live music when I was in there the other Saturday Night. Resaurant next door.
Ciderchap - 19 Apr 2010 11:39

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