St Martins Hill
Mon Sat 11-11, Sun 12-10.30
This pub is set a stones throw from the banks of the lake. Originally the building was part of the parish church opposite.
It has a single bar that flows through two rooms in an 'L' shape. There is plenty of red button velour seating (alcoves shaped with wooden partitions, some with stained glass). Tables are rough stripped oak (some butchers style blocks) which compliment the low beamed ceiling. Seating is a mixture of benches and chairs on a dark carpet. A TV and fruit machine are close to the bar. Around the picture rail are bottled beers and old street name signs from the local area. A real fire warms the weary as they examine the food blackboard above it.
For your comfort in the summer there is air-conditioning or you can sit outside. Normally it has three or four guest ales on, but during the week it often has less, though they had 5 ales on this occasion. The beers being served on this occasion there were Jennings Cumberland Ale, Pedigree, Castle Eden Ale, and Hawkshead Bitter.
Food is served (all day in summer) in the bar, though there is a restaurant too (till 10pm). The food is filling and there is plenty of it - plenty of choice for vegetarians too.
Toilets are basic for men and women. Beer garden out front on wooden benches, limited car parking here also.
Access for the disabled is up a step or two into the pub, some have deemed it OK for wheelchair access.
No accommodation here.
World Famous in New Zealand! Excellent staff and service. Wide and varied menu that caters for all. Atmosphere plus, warm, comfortable and close to everything.. Very popular with all those who have been from here! Thanks for the experience and great service! Kell Stephens, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Kelly Stephens - 19/6/03)
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Black Sheep Best
Castle Eden Ale
LA23 3EW, (01539) 443293
From D:£80+ per night