The Prince of Wales
Wed-Thu 2.45-11; Fri-Sat 12-11; Sun 12-10.30; Mon-Tues closed; Bank Holiday Monday 12-11
The Prince of Wales
Owned by the Tigertops brewery, this is now a brewery tap. From the outside this is a nondescript looking pub and you would miss it if it wasn't directly opposite the train station on a fast bend.
Steps up to the entrance mean disabled access is only available from the rear of the pub. Inside there are two rooms. The back, back room is a new addition and faces onto the car park where disabled access is possible. You can also sit here at small round tables and look at the kitchen through a hatch and see the great food being made. The next room at the back is large with a 12-seater table and chairs/stools around the walls. There is an open fire here. Of particular interest are the old pictures on the wall and the octagon mirror.
The main room has a wooden (teak style) bar opposite the door. Its six hand pumps greet you cheerfully. Beers on at the time were Foxfield Sands of Time 3.9%, Tigertops Stuart's Stout 4.6% and Tigertops Technical Flyer 5.2%; Hook Norton Best Mild. All were happily served without the sparkler on and in over-sized glasses.
A real fire to the left really does rage as in the picture and pumps out a lot of heat. Note also the wagon wheel light fittings and the crest wallpaper. To the left are metal legged wooden topped tables and chairs remind you of rattan furniture (also stools). To the right are round/square wooden tables. While the tables and chairs appear a mix, it all adds to the charm of this pub.
The walls are covered in maps and pictures of customers and beer awards.
The toilets are through an anti-room which has pictures of the brewery, customers and events the pub and its regulars take part in (also Videos/DVD's in a rack?).
Food is served Fri-Sun 12-7pm and is all home made by Stuart. We can vouch for the pasties being filling. If you cant get in the accommodation (10% discount for CAMRA members) here, it's only a 5 minute bus ride (511) from Broughton-in-Furness where there is plenty of accommodation.
A beer garden has been added.
Music here 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
Not open Monday/Tuesday.
All though the comments were fair the pub has great food (too much usually) it has been revamped and has a cosy and welcoming atmosphere the back room has a skittle table in and all rooms have been re-carpeted the fire is always on every time I have been through which is on a regular basis the view from the bar is one of the best any were in Cumbria.
Beers changed frequently throughout our stay (Fri to Sat), hard to keep track. Must remember to take pencil next time! Pub has warm cosy atmosphere, no music or fruit machines, just gentle conversation. Gorgeous food at excellent prices, but they prefer people to go for the beer not the food. Had homemade pasties, sausages in Yorkshire pud with mushy peas. There was homemade bread at breakfast and real tea, not tea bags! Good clean basic accommodation, newly refurbished. Best: beer and food, location and hosts. Frequent beer festivals - keep checking their website! Worst: not enough chairs outside, we stayed during the heatwave! Exceptional pub. (Mike and Gaynor - 12/8/03)
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