The Manor Arms
Broughton in Furness
Open all day
The Manor Arms
Believe it or not, although smaller than many a village, Broughton is in fact a Charter Town. Every year the Charter is read from the steps of George Ills obelisk in front of the hotel. It tells you what you can and can't do and what happens if you do.
The imposing Georgian Square is your gateway to the beautiful Duddon Valley and the magnificent and little visited western Lakes. We have got lots of information for when you arrive.
The Manor Arms is a beer festival in miniature. There are invariably seven beers on hand pump (beers like Coniston Bluebird, Plassy Bitter, Yates Bitter, Okells Bitter and Coniston XS) and another two or three awaiting their moment of truth in the cellar - the advantage of being a free house. The serving of beer here is a quiet, unpretentious quest after perfection and in the words of a local "They get damn close most o't time."
The pub regularly receives awards for the quality of its ale and its hospitality. The interior is a single room with the bar slightly offset to the right. There is an 18th Century 'basket? fireplace alongside the bar where for the past two hundred years people had cut or burned their names on the oak mantle. So watch out for your bottom in winter. Apparently there were only ten of these fireplaces made and this one from the 'Manor' was 'lost' for a number of years though, as it turned out, it hadn't travelled more than a mile. One night over a pint a local man said "My wife can't stand that old firegrate that came from this spot. Would you like it back?"
On the left is a pool table at the back behind a low dividing partition which has tables and chairs. The main area in front of the bar is warm and cosy with a large window seat. This is where you will find the children's games and books. While there doesn't appear to be much room to sit, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming and we felt very welcome.
Toilets and accommodation both require negotiation of stairs, though there are baby changing facilities in the ladies toilets.
The 'Manor' isn't a 'food' pub. Having said that when the bar is open up to half an hour before "time" there are sometimes pizzas, Bockwurst Sausages and toasties to fill a corner and, when the wind's a bit thin, a cauldron of home-made soup bubbles away in the bar and is well worth a bowl. If you fancy chips, then on Wednesday a van comes round and sets up in the square.
The Manor has accommodation and you usually get breakfast in bed! All accommodation has en-suite showers/toilet/washbasin and hair-dryers and colour TV so you don't miss a favourite programme You can make a brew whenever you feel like and breakfast is served in your room. (If you prefer fresh milk, ask for a jug from the bar). You can even phone from your room for drinks. Prices are reasonable too and if you are lucky there are discounts for CAMRA members, also if you book 4 nights or more.
May close winter lunchtimes, call first.
The Prince of Wales is also just down the road in Foxfield, it belongs to Tigertops brewery and has its own ales. Well worth a visit.
The local Tourist Information office is in The Old Town Hall (01229) 716115.
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