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Friday, 27 December 2013

New Year's Eve

Four tickets have become available for our Christmas Eve bash. £5 each including food and festive fun, doors open at 7-00pm. Please get in touch asap if you would like to join us.

Just a reminder that we are closed New Year's Eve lunch and the evening is strictly ticket only. We will be closed New Year's Day, reopening at 5-00pm on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A Magical Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve in The Snug with Santa making a surprise appearance. Being off to the store for cider when Santa arrived I missed all the fun!

But Santa wasn't just there to give all our customers their Snug Christmas pressies, he also had a very special Christmas duty to discharge. He called forward a lovely couple, Andrew and Carol, and presented Andrew with a small box. The next thing Andrew is down on one knee, proposing to Carol and taking an engagement ring from the box. Thankfully, to loud applause, Carol said yes.

What a moment that must have been. Trust me to be off getting cider!

What a wonderful thing to take place on Christmas Eve, we thank them both but Andrew especially for honouring us with such a romantic gesture in The Snug. We wish them, and all our customers a wonderful Christmas and many years of happiness.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Cheers!

Happy Christmas everybody.

When we fling the doors open at 5-00pm today we will be offering a little Barngates Goodhew's Dry Stout. There will also be Great Orme Celtica, Just A Minute Stoppy Back and to celebrate Christmas Warwickshire Brewing Co's Berry Nice Beer and Wickwar Brewing Co's Christmas Cracker.

Next up Dunscar Bridge's Brewdolph, Bowness Bay Xmas Swan, Hawkshead Windermere Pale and Thornbridge Jaipur.

Have a wonderful Christmas and if we don't see you tonight hope to see you when we re-open on  Friday.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Weekend Beers and Christmas

We start the weekend with:

Eden Revenge (9.1%) but not a lot.
Privateer Dark Revenge (4.5%)
Kingstone Classic (4.5%)
Eden First Emperor (4.6%)
Barngates Pale  (3.3%)

Old Rosie Scrumpy (7.3%)
Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees Perry (4.5%)

Next up will be:

Marble Pint (3.9%)
Barngates Goodhew's Dry Stout (4.3%)
Just A Minute Stoppy Back (4.2%)

If you're still stuck thinking what to buy for friends and loved ones we have our Snug Gift Vouchers (£5, £10, £15 and £20).

If vouchers don't tickle your fancy we have three bottle gift boxes. Just select three beers from our range of bottled beers and we'll pop then in a nice gift box for you. Our bottled range currently includes beers from:


In the meantime:

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Beers This Week

We start the week with Eden Revenge, a right winter warmer at 9.1%. We also have a little Medieval Holy Grail at 4.8% and OSB Textbook at 3.9%. Privateer Dark Revenge stout has proved very popular at 4.5% and we still have some Beartown Ginger Bear left at 4%.

Our Christmas and New Year opening times are now on the right side bar and will be on display at The Snug from today.

New Year's Eve is by ticket only and all tickets have now been sold. Any being offered on Ebay are forgeries and you will be refused admission!

I reckon Shane McGowan would enjoy the Eden revenge so here goes:

Friday, 13 December 2013

Weekend Beers

We go into the weekend with:

Medieval-Holy Grail (4.8%)
Eden-Dark Knight (3.8%)
Ulverston-Fra Diavolo (4.3%)
Winster Valley-Lakes Blonde (3.7%)
Northumberland-Fog on the Tyne  (4.1%)

Next up Beartown-Ginger Bear and Privateer Dark Revenge.

But for now:


Thursday, 5 December 2013

A Bit Rum Today The Weather!

Well we had to stay shut at lunchtime today thanks to the weather. The old Victorian lamp above the front door became a victim of the storm and had to be made safe and removed this afternoon. But tonight it's business as usual.

We go into the gentle slide towards weekend with the following beers:

Great Orme Welsh Black (4%)
Kirkby Lonsdale Singletrack (4%)
Bowness Bay Swan Black IPA (4.6%)
Borough Brewery Pale (3.7%)
Eden Dark Night (3.8%)

Meanwhile, after today:

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Snug Outing

Here are some pictorial memories of yesterday's jolly to Manchester. Apologies if anybody was left behind but I'm pretty sure we left with 62 and returned with 62.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Views of the Festival

Here are a few photos taken at the beer festival on Friday and Saturday:

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Beer of the Festival

Firstly many, many thanks to all who helped make our first beer festival such a success, not least all those who volunteered their time so generously over the two days, it's greatly appreciated. Thanks too to all who came along and helped make such a great atmosphere. Pencil 21/22 November 2014 in your diaries.

Thanks to all who voted for the beer of the festival. I think it's safe to say that there wasn't a bad beer amongst the 32 official beers, nor the three that we put on in The Snug when the Marble beers went.

So here are the winners as voted for by the festival goers:

Joint first-Kirkby Lonsdale Imperial Dragon and Ironbridge Oak Aged Whiskey Stout

Second-Ulverston Lonesome Pine

Third-Mordue Northumbrian Blonde

First beer to run out in The Snug-Marble Lagonda IPA

First beer to run out in the Furness Hall-Bowness Bay Swan Blonde

Thank you to all the wonderful brewers.

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Snug Beer Festival-Beer and Cider List

Elland, West Yorkshire
1872 Porter 6.5% Champion Beer GBBF 2013. Creamy, full flavoured porter with rich liquorice and chocolate flavours and a soft malted aftertaste.

Kelham Island, South Yorkshire
Riders On The Storm 4.5% A robust golden ale with berry and slight roasted notes.

Beartown, Cheshire
Bear Ass 4.0% Dark ruby red malty bitter with good hop nose and fruity flavour and a dry, bitter aftertaste.

Navigation, Nottingham
Apus 5.5% Refreshing American style IPA brewed with lager malts and American hops. Very drinkable with a lasting aftertaste.

Abbeydale, South Yorkshire
Horrable Skellington 4.9% A rich, dark, full bodied oatmeal stout.

Mordue, Tyne & Wear
Northumbrian Blonde 4.0% A blonde beer with a citrus aroma and hoppy finish.

Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Stout Mary 4.5% Full bodied oatmeal stout, rich and creamy with a strong bitter finish of blackcurrant and coffee.

Hadrian & Border, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Farne Island Pale Ale 4.0% A copper coloured bitter with a refreshing malt and hop balance.

Ossett, West Yorkshire
Jester 4.0% Fruity golden ale with a bitter, full bodied taste and aromas of tropical fruit.

Phoenix, Lancashire
Hopsack 3.8% A light drinking, hoppy session bitter.

Little Valley, West Yorkshire
Python 6.0% Amber coloured beer with a bitter fruit palate balanced by a malty sweetness and a long, bitter finish.

Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Cascadian Black 4.8% A black IPA with the roast malt flavours of a stout, yet citrus flavours from the Cascade hops.

Black Iris, Derby
American Red 5.0% A strong American hopped red ale.

Stringers, Ulverston
Yellow Lorry 4.0% Golden coloured with a cunning blend of hops giving citrus aromas and firm, clean, bitterness.

Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire
Imperial Dragon 8.2% An imperial IPA, dry hopped with a combination of pale malts and fresh hops from this year’s harvest.

Hawkshead, Cumbria
Five Hop 6.0% A well hopped golden ale, with citrus, floral, spicy hop flavours.

Bowness Bay, Cumbria
Swan Blonde 4.0% Pale, crisp, dry, hoppy with Windermere water freshness.

Old School Brewery, Lancashire
Hopscotch 3.7% A sunshine coloured pale ale with a crisp taste balanced with a delicate, lasting hoppiness.

Ulverston, Cumbria
Lonesome Pine 4.2% A pale honey beer with sweet malts, followed by tangy citrus fruits.

Marble, Manchester
Pint 3.9% Dry session bitter with a light malt base and display of New Zealand hops.

Lagonda 5.0% An India Pale Ale with a golden malt base complimenting a quadruple addition of hops.

Manchester Bitter 4.2% A classic Mancunian bitter with a citrus aroma, full palate and dry, bitter finish.

Best 4.3% A golden bitter with subtle tartness that gives way to a bitter, dry finish.

Dobber 5.9% Dark golden IPA with a hoppy character and smooth biscuit base offset by fruit aromas.

‘Stouter’ Port Stout 5.1% An extra winter stout with a rich palate, roasted notes, fruity hops and a long, dry, bitter finish.

Ginger 5.1% Full bodied copper coloured beer with a delicate blend of cloves, coriander and fiery ginger.

Other beers will be announced at the festival

roadoak Original 6.0% A still, dry, coloured cider from a blend of apple varieties.

Pheasant Plucker 4.5% Easy drinking traditional cloudy cider packed full of flavour.

Broadoak Kingston Black 7.5% Medium sweet, smooth, copper coloured cider with a woody finish.

Port Wine Of Glastonbury 6.0% Origins in orchards below Glastonbury. Easy on the palate, this is a true session cider with light effervescence and lemony tones.

Friday, 15 November 2013

What's On Then?

Well we still have a little Clark's Swing Low (4%) and a little Ironbridge Stout (5.1%). We also have Springhead Barebones (4.7%) and Ossett Silver King (4.3%). Joining us today will be Thornbridge Jaipur (5.9%).

Next up Hawkshead Windermere Pale (3.5%) and Cumberland Corby Noir (4.5%).

There will be a slight reduction in the number of beers we offer next week (Tue, Wed, Thu) as we are having to run down the stillage ready to fill it with Marble beers for the beer festival on Friday and Saturday. However we will be offering over 30 beers and ciders at the festival to make up.

Meanwhile, from another festival a bit of Morrissey:

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Beer Update

We kick off today with Clark's Swing Low (4%), Titan Pale Ale (4%), Ironbridge Stout (5.1%), Fuzzy Duck Tangerine Duck (4.7%) and a little Foxfield Elusive Brown Ale (4.4%).

Next up will be Springhead Barebones (4.7%), Ossett Silver King (4.3%) and Hawkshead Windermere Pale (3.5%).

We are hoping to pop the beer list and tasting notes for the beer festival (22 and 23 November) in the next couple of days.

But for now here we go:

Friday, 8 November 2013

Beer, Festival and Good News!

As regulars may have noticed, the scaffolding has now gone from the track side of the building and around the door. It seems that all leaks and other remedial work to the walls and roof have been successfully completed (touch wood). The walls, especially in the toilets, are drying out nicely and we will soon be in a position to decorate the loos. Maintenance is a constant problem for our landlord, the Station Heritage Trust which is a registered charity, so we hope to raise a fair few bob for the trust from the admission money to our beer festival on 22 and 23 November. Please see right side bar for details.

We go into this weekend with Bowness Bay Swan Verdi (4%), Goff's Jouster (4%), Titanic Iceberg (4.1%), Foxfield Elusive Brown Ale (4.4%) and a little Funfair Showman's Bitter (3.9%) but not a lot.

Next up will be Fuzzy Duck Tangerine Duck (4.4%), Marble Manchester Bitter (4.2%) and Ironbridge Stout (5.1%).

The first date for The Snug Ukelele Group (SnUG) is Monday 13 January 2014. There will be a beginners workshop from 6-00pm til 7-00pm then the jamming begins! The Snug will not be open to the public, admission will be strictly by ukulele!

But now, from station to Carnforth Station:

Friday, 1 November 2013

Strong Marble Beer and More

We leisurely stroll into the weekend with  Marble's Farmhouse IPA (7%), Bowness Bay Swan Blonde (4%), Eden Cumbrian Black stout (4%), Springhead Maid Marian (4.5%) and Arkwrights Trouble At Mill (4.1%).

For cider drinkers we have Old Rosie (7.3%) and Westons Country Perry (4.5%). Not forgetting a range of quality wines for the li'l ol' winedrinkers.

Just a reminder that our trip to Manchester on December 1st is now fully booked. Please let us know if you would like to join our reserve list. One or two people are planning to make their own way and meet up with us at the Marble Arch. Please let us know if you plan to do the same as we need to get an idea of numbers for the tour of the Marble Brewery.

Our first beer festival takes place on November 22 and 23 in The Snug and the Furness Hall in the Station visitor centre. Details on the right side bar. Admission £4 inc festival glass, programme and contribution to the Heritage Trust.

Our Christmas Eve soiree will start at 5-00pm (closed lunchtime).

New Year's Eve will be ticket only from 7-00pm (closed lunchtime). Tickets are £5 inc food.

Into next year now and the first gathering of The Snug Ukele Club will take place on Monday 13 January with a beginners workshop. Please contact us for further details. Admission by ukulele only!

Have a great weekend. In the meantime:

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


We start with a little Clearwater Devon Darter and some Andwell Resolute Bitter. We also have Eden Cumbrian Black stout and Kirkby Lonsdale Singletrack. Next up Springhead Maid Marian, Arkwright's Trouble at Mill and Bowness Bay Swan Blonde.

We also have Old Rosie and Weston's Country Perry.

Now a tribute to the late, great Lou Reed:

Friday, 25 October 2013

The Snug Beer Festival-Carnforth Station

Please feel free to print and distribute posters/flyers.

Change Your Clocks!

Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Now then, the important stuff. Currently on the bar we have:

Clearwater-Devon Darter 4.5%
Eden-Dark Knight 4%
Bowness Bay-Mere Gold 3.8%
Andwell's Resolute Bitter 3.8%
Dark Horse-Hetton Pale Ale 4.2%

Next up will be Kirkby Lonsdale Singletrack, Eden Cumbrian Black and Marble Pint.

Good news  for all the Marble fans, we took delivery of a cask of Manchester Bitter ('brewed to Mancunian standards', I love their ditties on the pump clips) and a special cask of Farmhouse IPA at 7%. We now also have Marble Ginger 5.1 in bottles, a few bottles of Earl Grey IPA and a few of Bennett's Progress.

For those joining us on the Manchester trip on December 1st it's payment time. If we could have your tenners by the 1st November we would be most grateful. If anybody can no longer join us would you please let us know asap as we already have a reasonable reserve list.

As we will be launching The Snug Ukelele Club in January I thought the following highly appropriate:

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Snug Beer Festival-22 & 23 November 12-00 til 9-00pm

Plans for our first beer festival are advancing nicely. It will take place in The Snug and the Furness and Midland Hall at the station on Friday and Saturday from 12-00 until 9-00pm.

There will be 20 beers available in the hall and up to 10 in The Snug. In addition there will be 5 ciders, wine and soft drinks available. We are planning to have the full range of Marble beers in The Snug and are discussing with the brewery the possibility of a meet the brewer session some time on the Saturday.

Food will be available (9-00 til 5-00pm) in the Refreshment Rooms, with The Snug offering our usual range of beer soakers such as pork pie and cheese and crackers. After 5-00pm there will be a barbecue until 9-00pm.

Admission will be £4 which includes glass and programme. £2 will go to the Heritage Trust, a very worthy cause, and the other £2 will be refundable if you return your festival glass rather than keeping it. All beers will be £3 a pint, £1.50 a half and £1 a third. The festival glasses will be lined half pints with a third marked on them too. Pint glasses will also be available.

Posters and flyers should be ready this week. Please let us know if you could put a poster or two up and/or leave some flyers where people can take them.

Friday, 18 October 2013

The Snug Weekend Ales

This weekend we have Clearwater Devon Darter 4.5%, Adams Blockbuster Ales 4%, Arkwright's Two Hats 3.7%, Andwell King John 4.2% and Barngates Brathay Gold 4%.

Settling on the stillage we have Ulverston Harvest Moon, Marble Lagonda, Bowness Bay Mere Gold, Dark Horse Hetton Pale Ale and Andwell Resolute Bitter.

And now, in anticipation of Ulverston's offering next week:

Monday, 14 October 2013

Wednesday Is Quiz Night

We re-open tomorrow (Tuesday) with a little Winster Valley Brewery Old School, Bowness Bay Swan Black IPA, Clark's Traditional Bitter and Fell Brewery Robust Porter. Next up Andwell Brewery's King John all the way from Hampshire.

Then a little special one for our quiz night on Wednesday in aid of Help for Heroes. The quiz starts at 7-30pm and first prize is a pair of tickets for Stephen K Amos at the Lancaster Grand.

In case you're not sure who Stephen K Amos is here's a clip of him from 2007:

Friday, 11 October 2013

Weekend Beers and Other News

This weekend we have Bowness Bay Swan Black IPA, Mayfield Copper Fox, Allgates California, Winster Valley Old School and a little Towle's Gregory's Gold. Next up Fell Brewery Robust Porter.

We also have Weston's Old Rosie and the 4.8% Rosie Pig.

Plans for our first beer festival are advancing well and we are now selecting the beers. The dates are 22 and 23 November 12-00 til 10-00pm in The Snug and the Furness Hall at the Station Heritage Centre. More details soon.

As mentioned previously our trip to Manchester on 1 December sold out almost as quickly as Glastonbury. However please get in touch if you would like to go on the reserve list.

Finally please support our Help for Heroes quiz night on Wednesday (16 Oct) at 7-30pm. First prize two tickets to see Stephen K Amos at the Lancaster Grand.

Monday, 7 October 2013

It's Time For The Snug Beer Festival

November 22 and 23 12-00 until 10 00pm in the The Snug and the Furness Hall, Carnforth Station.

Help for Heroes Quiz Night

Our Help for Heroes quiz night will be held on Wednesday 16 October at 7 30pm.

First prize two tickets to see Stephen K Amos at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Top Prize for Snug Quiz Night

We go into the weekend with a little Laughing Gravy from Ulverston Brewery. We also have the limited edition 7% IPA from Hawkshead, Heart of Gold from Oakleaf Brewery, Eden First Emperor and the Plum Porter from Titanic. Next up Bowness Bay Waterbird Wheat, Marble Pint then Gregory's Gold.

Our trip to Manchester on December 1st is now full. We have started a reserve list so please get in touch if you would like to be added to it in case of any withdrawals. There will be 65 on the trip and we know that not all will want to tour the Marble Brewery, if you do please let us know so we can give them an idea of numbers. The tour will be at 1-00pm.

On Wednesday 16th October at 7-30 we will be having a quiz night in support of Help for Heroes. The first prize will be two tickets to see Stephen K Amos at the Grand in Lancaster on Sunday 3 November.

Now then, there's a convoluted link between the beers above and this little number from Bob. A free pint for anybody who comes in today and has got it:

Friday, 27 September 2013

It's Weekend!

Today we have a little Kirkby Lonsdale Monumental, Barngates Pale and Shardlow Whistlestop. There is also Dorset Brewing Co Jurassic and Winster Valley Dark Horse Mild.

Next up Bowness Bay Swan Blonde, Allgates Napoleion's retreat and Dorset Knob.

The Lunesdale branch of CAMRA are having a mystery tour on Friday 18 October, cost £10. The coach will leave The Snug at 6-00pm. There are two other pick ups. For details please get in touch.

Just a quick reminder that The Snug Christmas Outing to the Marble Arch and the Manchester Christmas Markets is on Sunday 1st December, cost £10. Please book soon as the coach is already filling up.

Now it's time for a little Antony and the Johnsons I think:

Monday, 23 September 2013

Beer and Outings

Thanks to all who joined us on our 4th outing yesterday and to those who have already booked for our trip on December 1st to the Marble Arch and the Manchester Christmas Markets. Book soon, at £10 it's a bargain.

We are currently offering Shardlow Whistle Stop, Nine Standards Gold Standard, OSB Hopscotch and Winster Valley Dark Horse Mild. Next up Allgates Napoleon's Retreat, Kirkby Lonsdale Monumental and Bowness Bay Swan Blonde.

Maybe the Horse With No Name was a dark horse. Who knows?

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Beer Update and a Painting!

Many thanks to Sam for this wonderful painting she did after a recent visit to The Snug. As soon as we've decided where it will be proudly hung on a wall in the pub for all to see and admire.

Well, we're back and refreshed with some fine ales to offer. Currently there is a little it's A Wonderful Life from Foxfield at 7.7%, what a belter it is too. There is also a little Cracker from Barngates as well as Detention from Old School and Kiln House from Shardlow Brewery in Leicestershire.

Next up Nine Standards Gold, OSB Hopscotch and Clark's Classic Blonde.

In case you didn't know we are in the CAMRA's 2014 Good Beer Guide which is now available to buy.

There are still a few places left on the trip to the Yorkshire Dales this Sunday. Please get in touch asap if you would like to join us.

Looking a little further ahead we are now taking bookings for our annual trip to the Marble Arch and the Manchester Christmas Markets. We will be off on Sunday 1st December and the cost will be around £10 per head.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Weekend Beer Treats

We start the weekend with two delicious offerings from the Marble Brewery, Pint and Draft. But be warned, the Draft went on last night and a lot if it was supped.  

We also have the new IPA from Old School Brewery their Absent.

From Wentwell Brewery we have Little Tick and the popular Acer from the Bristol Beer Factory is making a welcome return.

For the cider drinkers we have Old Rosie and Henry Weston's Family Reserve.

Places are filling up on our outing to the Yorkshire Dales on 22 Sept (£12 pp) so please book asap. We have set a provisional date for our Christmas Markets and Real Ale outing of Sunday 1st December.

But for now, I've had this 1974 tune in my head all week, can't think why, so I thought I'd share it:

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Beer Update

We are currently offering Privateer Dainty Blonde, a little Medieval Broad Sword, Grafton Golden Starr and the wonderful Chocolate Vanilla Stout from Titanic.

Next up will be Settle Classic, Swan Blonde and Hardknott Infra Red.

Don't forget the next Snug Outing which is on 22 September. It's looking like Settle and Skipton and home via Kirkby Lonsdale. All that for a mere £12!!

The following has nothing to do with the beer, I just think it's a hellishly cool song:

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Tuesday Beer Update

We start with Ulverston Celebration Ale, Yeovil Ales Summerset and Privateer Roebuck. Joining them will be Barngates Brathay Gold then Deeply Vale Shipload IPA and Dancing Duck Aye Up.

It's the start of the Morecambe Beer Festival on Thursday, good luck to Lunesdale CAMRA, we're sure it will be a great success and look forward to popping along.

Please remember the next Snug Outing will be on Sunday 22 September. Timings to be confirmed but likely to be around 10-30am returning around 6-00pm. We will be trundling around the pubs and villages of the Yorkshire Dales.

We are in a period of light ales at the moment but don't worry dark ale drinkers, we will soon be taking delivery of a cask of Titanic Chocolate Chilli Porter.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Latest Beer and News

Many thanks to all who made our first birthday go with such a bang. Special thanks to our guest ukulele and saw players who had people singing along and even had the whole place doing the Time Warp! Special thanks to Mrs B for all her help but especially for making her debut guitar and vocal appearance, people loved it.

Now then a date for your diaries, Sunday September 22nd. Details to be finalised but that is the date of our next Snug Outing. We will be looking at visiting some decent hostelries in the picturesque villages of the Yorkshire Dales and a stop off at the Orange Tree in Kirkby Lonsdale on the way back. Please let us know if you would like to join us.

On the bar today we have Still Walking from Deeply Vale, Marble Draft, a little Marlpool Owd Sowj and the very refreshing Bauhaus from Stringer's.

Next up will be Bowness Bay Mere Gold, Marble Dobber and Ulverston Celebration Ale.

But if you prefer a spot of Bauhaus before you can get down to sample Stringer's then how about this?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

A Year Ago Today...

..we were preparing to open our doors for the first time and what a journey the last year has been. We've met some wonderful people and had some wonderful times. Of course there have been a few downs, but they've been challenges that we've overcome and that add to life's experience.

We've won Lunesdale CAMRA's Pub of the Year Award for 2013 and we will be in the 2014 Good Beer Guide. We've been featured on Granada Reports and in Lancashire Life. We've had visits from people who have travelled many miles just to call in and we've had visits from numerous CAMRA branches.

So today, in true Snug fashion, we will be having an informal celebration of our first birthday. This evening we have invited anybody who plays an acoustic instrument to come along and join in the fun. We know we have a group of ukulele players coming and hopefully we will get at least a guitarist or two too! This evening we will be laying on a light buffet and Wigan Bob will be bringing along curry pies and black pudding. As ever there will be funds raised for Help for Heroes.

On the bar we have Grafton Heatwave, Kirkby Lonsdale Tiffin Gold, Andrew's Ales Wee Willy Wonky, Slater's Citrus and Ironbridge Kiwi Bitter. There is also Weston's Old Rosie and Country Perry.

So a huge thank you top all, customers/friends, brewers and everybody else we have come across in the last year. Hope you can join us at some point during the day and help us to celebrate our first birthday. In the meantime:

Thursday, 25 July 2013

What's On Then? And Some Ceca Raznatovic.

Back in the swing but forever in the debt of Mrs B for holding the fort at weekend while I was at a gathering in Belgrade.

We are currently offering Foxfield Oat Stout, Eden Cascade, Cumberland Corby Blonde and Two Roses Summer Special.

Next up will be Worsthorne Gold with Lytham Epic and Fell Progressive Pale limbering up. Oh aye, mustn't forget the Marble Pint too!

By way of a thank you to our wonderful Serbian hosts at weekend I'd like to introduce Ceca:

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Fell Brewery-Tinderbox IPA

To celebrate this glorious weather there will be a fifth beer on the bar today. The new Tinderbox, a 6.3% hoppy, spicy IPA from the Fell Brewery will be joining us.

Being partial to a strong beer myself, and conscious of the interest this brew has prompted among afficionados, I decided it must go on today.

In the meantime, before you get to the Tinderbox, Tindersticks:

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

More Bristol Beer Factory and More Beer!

Turned out nice again.

When we start the week at lunchtime we will be offering Bristol Beer Factory Sunrise.

We also have Katalyst from the Hardknott Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale's Monumental and a little Fell Brewery Robust Porter.

Coming soon is Eden's First Emperor and Titanic Rum Porter will be making a welcome return. The new one from Fell Brewery, their 6.3% Tinderbox will also be joining us this week.

Those lovely people at Marble have delivered Pint and Manchester Bitter. Maybe this weekend.

But for now a little music:

Friday, 12 July 2013

Let's Go Fly A Kite-Or Have A Pint Of Red Kite!

From all the way north of Inverness Black Isle Brewery is making its debut today, we will be offering the discerning drinker a pint of their Red Kite. Many thanks to Jim for making it possible.

We also have Katalyst from the Hardknott Brewery and there is still Robust Porter on the bar from Fell Brewery.

Last night the Bristol Beer Factory Acer went on, a lovely light flavoursome hoppy beer. Before I'd even pulled it through the Oily Youth came in and ordered his first pint. Word soon spread to his colleagues at West Coast Railways and the chaps swarmed in to prove how hard they had worked by attempting to empty the cask. There's not a lot left, so get it while you can.

On the fifth pump will be Bowness Bay Swan Blonde, a perfect beer for a hot summer day.

At some point this weekend we will be joined by Ossett Citra.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

First Birthday-August 1st 2013

Where does the time go? A year ago we were beavering away trying to get all the permissions we needed, all the building work done, beer ordered for our big opening and then, in the blink of an eye we are getting ready for our first birthday. What happened?

Anyway the first day of August is our first birthday, and what a great year it has been. In keeping with The Snug's ethos we will be having a low key, informal birthday celebration but the more people who join us the merrier.

We are inviting anybody who can play an acoustic instrument to come along and join in playing solo or joining in an impromptu duet or trio. Mrs B plays guitar and a couple of other instruments and Jo has offered to bring her spoons! Come along and let's have a fun night. There will be nibbles to keep us all going and who knows, maybe a glass of bubbly.

But back to today. We open at 12 00 with Fell Progressive Porter, Bowness Bay Mere Gold and two from Barngates, their Pale and the Red Bull Terrier.

Wonder if Julia Fordham might pop along?

Friday, 5 July 2013

Weekend Beers-The Pie Man Cometh!

Wigan Bob will be in on Saturday lunchtime with his wonderful home made pies. Our latest collecting tin raised £180 for Help for Heroes and Bob wants us to fill the new one asap. No charge for pies, just some money in the collecting tin on the bar.

This weekend we start with Five Town's Niamh's Nemesis, Bristol Beer Factory's Ultra Pale Ale (UPA), Nine Standards Double Standard and a little of Bob's Yakima Chief. New on today will be Barngate's Red Bull Terrier.

On the stillage we also have Bowness Bay Mere Gold and Barngate's new Pale. Will one or both be making an appearance I wonder?

Don't forget our Snug gift vouchers went on sale this week and are already proving very popular.

But now we have a very special tribute to Wigan Bob:

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Help for Heroes and Gift Tokens

Our latest Help for Heroes has now been emptied and, thanks to the generosity of our customers, another £170 has been raised. Many thanks to all, and there is now another collecting tin on the bar to fill. There are more wristbands on their way too.

From 5-00pm tonight we will have gift vouchers for purchase in denominations of £5, £10, £15 and £20. Ideal for birthdays, Christmas, Father's/Mother's Day, anniversaries or just a nice little treat. Cheers!

We will soon be announcing details of the next Snug Outing and our First Birthday Party. Watch this space.

This Week's Beers and a Dukla Prague Away Kit

We start today with Yakima Chief from Bob's Brewing Co in Osset at 5.2%. Also from Yorkshire we have Two Roses' Summer Special at 4.1%. For those who like a robust porter we have Nine Standards Double Standard at 4.7%. Finally there is Deeply Vale Shipload IPA at 5%.

Up next will be Kirkby Lonsdale Singletrack and Five Towns' Niamh's Nemesis.

I recently found my Dukla Prague away shirt tucked away in the bottom of my wardrobe, bought a couple of years back in a bout of nostalgia. So here's what prompted the purchase, I give you Half Man Half Biscuit:

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Beers Now On The Bar And Up Next

We are now open again and had some really positive feedback at lunchtime on our improvements. Shame it poured down throughout and I had to cycle home in shorts and a t-shirt. Oh well, that's life.

So, fresh on today is the delightfully hoppy Marble Summer at 4.5%, a lovely ray of sunshine even on a wet, cold day like today. We also have Fuzzy Duck Golden Cascade at 3.8%, Barngates Cat Nap at 3.6% and another gem from Deeply Vale, their Shipload at 5%.

On the fifth pump tomorrow will be Marble Lagonda for an extra little treat.

Likely to join us over the weekend will be a robust porter from Nine Standards, their Double Standard, and Bob's Brewing Co's Yakima Chief.

Now then, from 1982,  I give you John Watts, of Fischer-Z fame and a wonderful song-Lagonda Lifestyle:

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Don't Forget......

.....The Snug is now closed for a bit of a refurb, open again on Thursday 27th June.

We are having work done so that just like Happy Mondays, we can 'do it better'. We will be reopening with Marble Summer and some other extremely high quality and quaffable ales, hope you can join us. In the meantime enjoy the rest of the weekend and a spot of music from the lads:

Friday, 21 June 2013

Weekend Beers and Next Week

Please remember that we will be closed next Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June, as well as Sunday and Monday. This is to have important work done to our 'cellar'. We will have some excellent beers on when we re-open on Thursday 27th June.

This means that we will be running the stillage down this weekend so, in a nutshell, everything must go!

Today we open with the ever popular Dainty Blonde from Privateer and a deliciously fruity Crusader from Medieval Brewery. There is a small amount of Elis, a dark mild from Welbeck Abbey, Swan Black IPA from Bowness Bay and a very small amount of Fuzzy Duck Ruby Duck.

Next up will be Ulverston Royal Reserve and the two Roses Heron Porter. On standby is the Fell Brewery Progressive Pale.

We still have Old Rosie and Gwynt y Ddraig's Happy Daze.

Next week also sees Mrs B and I celebrating a significant anniversary, so I thought today's showing of a popular beat combo should have some relevance. Mrs B was born in Wythenshawe, a leafy bourgeois suburb of Manchester bordering on Cheshire. It's not really but eh! As a consequence we were wed in St Anthony's Church in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe.

So it seems appropriate that today I offer you Wythenshawe's very own super group, Slaughter & The Dogs :

Friday, 14 June 2013

Beer Update

This weekend we have a small amount of Goff's Black Knight at 5.3%. We also have Marlpool Derbyshire Classic at 4.8%, Mr Grundy's Pip, Squeak and Wilfred at 4.4% and Amber Duck from Fuzzy Duck at 5.3%.

Joining us today on the fifth pump will be Bowness Bay Swan Blonde at 4%, an ever popular weekend tipple.

We also have Weston's Old Rosie (7.3%) and Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze (4.5%).

Next up will be Welbeck Abbey Elis, a dark mild at 3.8% and Two Roses Cascade at 4.2%.

Also today we will be adding to our take home range mini-casks of Old School Brewery Hopscotch and Detention at £20 for around 9 pints, or 5 litres in foreign money.

So until you can join us enjoy The Adicts, and don't spill your beer:

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Beers and Improvements

We start the week with Bowness Bay Mere Gold, Deeply Vale Still Walking, Goff's Black Knight and Vale One Ton Morris.

Later this month we are having important work done on our 'cellar'. Unfortunately this will mean The Snug will be closed on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26th June (as well as the Sunday and Monday) and we will re-open on Thursday 27th June.

We will be having improved stillage fitted (the things the casks sit on) and are having an electric hoist fitted to make placing casks on the stillage a one man job. Life will be much easier, which is what we all want.

Hope to see you soon!

Friday, 7 June 2013

In The Summertime!

What a lovely week and the good weather started with our outing to The Prince of Wales at Foxfield, Ulverston Brewery and Romney's in Kendal on Sunday. All three places were extremely welcoming and provided a coachload of thirsty punters with some damn fine ale and tasty food. Many thanks to all. Details of next outing/event coming soon.

This weekend we will be starting with a little bit of OSB Headmaster, a little Portobello Market Porter and some Magpie JPA. We also have Kelham Best from Kelham Island in Sheffield.

Today we will be joined by One Ton Morris from Vale Brewery in Buckinghamshire.

Next up over the weekend will be Goff's Black Night from the Cotswolds and Deeply Vale Still Walking from Bury.

We also have Weston's Old Rosie scrumpy and Country Perry.

As we are having such a glorious spell of weather let's celebrate. But please don't 'have a drink have a drive' but feel free to 'go out and see what you can find'.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Beer and the Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band

We start the weekend with a little Lincoln Green Hood. We also have Bowland Hen Harrier, Hardknott Continuum and OSB Headmaster.

Joining us at lunchtime should be Portobello Market Porter and next up will be Thornbridge Jaipur.

Since April 23 £105.80 has been put in the collecting tin for Help for Heroes. Thanks to all for such generosity.

There are still a few places left on Sunday's trip to the Prince of Wales at Foxfield and the Ulverston Brewery. Please get in touch if interested.

In the meantime:

Friday, 24 May 2013

Bank Holiday Beer

There's a bit of a star theme at the moment. Earlier in the week we had the wonderful Dark Star Hophead, which went in double quick time. This weekend we have two beers with star in their names. So, without further ado, here is what we are offering this weekend:

North Star Brewery-Pathfinder
Settle Brewery-Signal Light
Lincoln Green-Hood
Nine Standards-Original

Hope to see you today and/or tomorrow, if not have a great bank holiday weekend.

Please remember, Help for Heroes is our chosen charity and we have a collecting tin and wristbands on the bar.

In the meantime, continuing the star theme hope you enjoy this little number from James:

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Current Beers

We are currently offering Dark Star Hophead, but there isn't very much left. We also have the lovely Robust Porter from the new Fell Brewery at Flookburgh. There is Goff's White Knight from the Cotswolds and Portobello Star all the way from London W10.

Next up will be the ever popular Swan Blonde from Bowness Bay.

There are still places left on our outing on 2nd June to the Prince of Wales at Foxfield and the Ulverston Brewery Visitor Centre. Departure  from The Snug at 11-00am returning at 7-00pm. Price is a mere £10 per person.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Weekend Beer, Pies, Outings and Festivals

It's all go at the moment but first, what are we offering the discerning drinker this weekend?

We have a little Barlow Heath Robinson left at 3.8%, a wonderful traditional red bitter from Nottingham. The Foxfield Princely Piper, a lovely golden coloured 5.1% is still on and there is more about the Prince of Wales at Foxfield a little later. From Wiltshire we have the Funnel Blower (stop tittering at the back) from Box Steam Brewery, a 4.5% vanilla porter. From Ulverston (more about Ulverston a little later too) we have Another Fine Mess at 4%.

Joining us today on the fifth pump will be the Marble Manchester Bitter at 4.2%.

Also on the stillage we have  the Cumberland Corby Blonde, Magpie Best and the Robust Porter from the new Fell Brewery at Flookburgh.

A date for your diaries now. We are planning our first beer festival in conjunction with the wonderful Brief Encounter Refreshment Rooms and the Station Heritage Centre. The date to pencil in is Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November. More details as plans are finalised.

We still have places left on our Snug Outing on Sunday June 2nd. We will be leaving by coach at 11-00am on Sunday June 2nd heading to the Prince of Wales at Foxfield then on to Broughton for an hour. Then we will be heading to the Ulverston Brewery Visitor Centre for a couple of hours aiming to be back in Carnforth around 7-00pm. The cost is £10 per person.

And finally, Wigan Bob will be in tomorrow lunchtime (Saturday) with his wonderful curry pies. Bob makes his own pies and offers them as a little blotter on a Saturday lunchtime. He doesn't charge, being a very generous chap, but he does ask for a donation to our bar top charity collecting tin, currently Help for Heroes.

I can't believe it's around 33 years since I dashed off to the record shop to buy Lou Reed's Growing Up In Public, but it is! So here's a little trip down memory lane from that album, the Power of Positive Drinking:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Beer Update

The Marble Pint went last night as did the Box Steam Golden Bolt and the Marlpool Blind Boris.

Today we have the Barlow Brewery Heath Robinson, Bowness Bay Swan Blonde and a little Ringway Session. Joining us will be the Princely Piper from Foxfield.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Weekend Beers

We start today with a little Marlpool Blind Boris (3.5%), a traditional dark mild that has been very popular.

From Titanic we have the return of the wonderful Plum Porter (4.9%) and also making a welcome return is the Nine Standards Silver Standard (4.3%). Also making a return is the Ringway Session (3.8%).

Making its debut is the Progressive Pale (5.1%) from the new Fell Brewery at Flookburgh.

Next up will be the Golden Bolt from Box Steam.

So many people have been sniffling with assorted bugs over this damp, mild winter that we've been praying for spring. But this week we've had our first couple of customers popping in sniffling and sneezing with the first symptoms of  hayfever. So for all those hayfever sufferers, I give you The Divine Comedy:

Monday, 6 May 2013

Hoppy Heaven

Well, hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday. Somebody said it was the first decent weather for this holiday since it was introduced thirty years or so ago. Should have made April 23 the bank holiday you see.

Well we still have that devilish brew from Ulverston on, the Fra Diavolo. Then we have the Blind Boris from Marlpool in Derbyshire, a lovely traditional dark mild. We also have a little Oxfordshire Ales Churchill left, an Honorary Pale Ale.

Now then. Those kind chaps at Hawkshead have kindly delivered a cask of Cumbrian 5 Hop which will be on tomorrow. But this is no ordinary Cumbrian 5 Hop, this one is a souped up version at 6%ABV. We believe this could be the only cask at this strength to go on sale in Lancashire and Cumbria. What a treat!

Limbering up on the touchline is the Grafton Jazz from Worksop, and The Fell Brewery Progressive Pale from Flookburgh.

Hope you can join us this week. I'm sure Gareth will be hammering the door down for a little piece of Hawkshead hop heaven. In fact he's made me feel terribly guilty about being closed today he is so excited about the 5 Hop. Not long now lad!

If you think today feels like heaven, wait until tomorrow:

Friday, 3 May 2013

Weekend Ale Treats

Time flies and these are exciting times. Only yesterday we had a chap from a new microbrewery call in with a couple of bottles of beer for us to try, and very good they were too. So I bought a couple of casks from The Fell Brewery in Flookburgh. Both will be appearing next week.

But for this weekend we offer the following fine ales:

Bowness Bay-Swan Blonde 4% (Cumbria)
Woodlands-Ash Blonde 4.1% (Cheshire)
Two Roses-Black Beauty Stout 5% (Yorkshire)
Stringer's-Hop Priest 6.5% (Cumbria)
Ulverston-Fra Diavolo 4.3% (Cumbria)

Next up will be Blind Boris from Marlpool Brewing in Derbyshire.

Fra Diavolo means Brother Devil and is the popular name given to Michele Pezza, an 18th/19th century Neapolitan guerrilla leader who resisted the French occupation of Naples, proving an inspirational practicioner of popular insurrection.

On that note let's go straight to hell, with The Clash:

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Beer Update

We have Bowness Bay Swan Black, Privateer Red Duke, Kirkby Lonsdale Doctors Orders and Bob's White Lion. Next up will be the 6.5% Hop Priest from Stringers and the Two Roses Black Beauty stout.

In other news, those kind chaps at Hawkshead will be delivering a limited edition 6% version of Cumbrian Five Hop later this week and some bottles of the NZPA.

And finally, having nothing to do with this post whatsoever but just because I like it, I give you Mr Bob Marley and an acoustic Redemption Song:


Friday, 26 April 2013

Weekend Beers for Heroes

Many thanks again to all who supported our quiz on Tuesday night, we raised  £115 in aid of Help for Heroes. Since we opened we have donated over £250 to St John's Hospice from the collecting tin on the bar and have a full one to be emptied and counted. Thanks to our customers for your continued generosity.

Today we start the weekend with a little Hawkshead NZPA, Eden Gold, Bowness Bay Swan Black and Dark Star Partridge. We will also be joined by the new brew from Privateer Brewery, their Red Duke. Not the Thin White Duke, that was David Bowie.

Limbering up on the stillage is a limited edition from Kirkby Lonsdale, Doctor's Orders and Bob's White Lion.

And finally:

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Happy St George's Day

Have a wonderful St George's Day and please don't forget our fundraising quiz at 7-30 tonight in aid of Help for Heroes.

We start today with Hawkshead NZPA, a little Reedley Hallows Monkholme Premium and a little Deeply Vale DV8. We will be joined by Dark Star Partridge at lunchtime with Bowness Bay Swan Black IPA and Eden Gold limbering up on the stillage awaiting the call.

Friday, 19 April 2013

St George's Day Update

In addition to our St George's Day fundraising quiz at 7 30 we will be donating 20p per pint sold to Help for Heroes, all day.

Hope you can join us.

Here Comes The Weekend-Beer Time!

Time seems to be flying and before we know it summer will be behind us. In fact if this year is anything like last year this week could have been the summer! But let's be positive and enjoy some good ale this weekend. here's what we are offering:

Reedley Hallows-Monkholme Premium. All the way from East Lancashire.
Deeply Vale-DV8. A lovely stout from a brewery near the black pudding mines of Bury.
Medieval-Chivalry. A fruity light beer from Nottingham.
Eden-Experiment 103. From up near Penrith. Worth experimenting with this one.
Old School Brewery-Hopscotch. OSB is so close it could have been rolled to us by Ren.

Please don't forget our St George's Day quiz on Tuesday at 7-30pm. All proceeds from the quiz, the sale of wrist bands and any other money making wheezes to go to Help for Heroes.

But for now, here comes the weekend!

Monday, 15 April 2013

St George's Day Quiz-Help for Heroes

On Tuesday April 23rd we will be having a fundraising quiz in aid of Help for Heroes. We will be starting the quiz at 7-30pm.

There will be a patriotic theme to the evening but the emphasis will be on having fun for a very worthy cause.

Hope you can join us.

Friday, 12 April 2013

The Beer, The Beer!

We have a wonderful selection of beers this weekend, including our first Geordie ale and a fantastic first from the Settle Brewing Company.

Joining us today is the Signal Light from Settle. Now I'm a lover of strong beers, but I have to say for a 3.4% this is a delicious light, fruity, thirst quencher of a beer. Trying it before it went on this morning I had to be very careful to only take a couple of mouthfuls and not go for the full pint. Well it was only 11 30am.

The new Spring from Marble is going down a storm, as every Marble beer does, and customers have been singing the praises of the Happy Valley Lazy Daze. What with Tyne Bank Monument Bitter all the way from Newcastle, and the last couple of pints of Quantum, it is a line up that would grace any bar in the country.

We maintain the standard with Titanic Plum Stout and another Marble, the fantastic Lagonda, limbering up to make an appearance soon.

Recently I finished off the weekend beer update with the wonderful Heaven from Talking Heads. This week I will scare you all with the possibility that there is no beer in heaven. Personally I don't believe that, which is why I have requested that I be buried with several bottles of Marble Decadence, just in case I have to bribe my way through the Pearly Gates. So, in the interests of balance, I give you a little polka called In Heaven There Is No Beer:

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Spring Is Here!

Today we have Marble Spring, a lovely, hoppy, golden bitter. We also have Tyne Bank Monumental Bitter, Happy Valley Lazy Daze and a little bit of Quantum American Amber.

Not forgetting Old Rosie Scrumpy and Ribble Valley Gold.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Beer Heaven

It's great being back on the road, even if only on light duties. Huge thanks to Mrs B and Mr B Senior for all their hard work during a really busy week.

Don't forget our presentation of the CAMRA Pub of the Year Award by Lunesdale CAMRA on Tuesday night (9th April), and our big patriotic quiz night on April 23rd in aid of Help for Heroes.

But more immediately we have to let you know what wonderful brews we are currently offering the discerning drinker. Here we go:

Bob's Brewing Co-Chardonnayle (not a lot, it's been very popular).
Kirkby Lonsdale-Old Tannery
Unsworth's Yard-Last Wolf
Nine Standards-Royal Standard
Deeply Vale-Still Walking.

There will be a couple of others joining us today, or tomorrow, but we will update the blog as that happens.

Last night there was an interesting debate in The Snug about religion, it was lively and passionate. My wish is that when the day comes I am buried with bottles of Marble Decadence in case I have to bribe St Peter at the Pearly Gates. But I hope that is a long, long way off yet. 

In the meantime hope you enjoy a little Heaven on earth from Talking Heads:

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Back Open!

Thankfully we will be open again today, 12-00 til 2-00 then 5-00 til 9-00. We will be offering:

Unsworth's Yard-Last Wolf
Old School-Textbook
Kirkby Lonsdale-Old Tannery
Worsthorne-Old Trout

Next up will be the following:

Nine Standards-Royal Standard
Quantum-American Amber
Deeply Vale-Still Walking
Bob's Brewing Co-Chardonnayle

In addition to Weston's Old Rosie we also have Ribble Valley Gold, a 6.2% medium dry cider from the Dove Syke Cider Company.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Happy Easter and CAMRA Pub of the Year Award

The op went well and looking forward to getting back into the swing. But this week has not been all sleep, we've been doing some planning while closed. Here are some dates for your diary:

April 9th-Presentation of Lunesdale CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 award 7-30pm.

April 23rd-St George's Night Quiz-Fundraiser for Help for Heroes and a bit of shameless patriotism!

June 9th-Snug Outing. Details to be confirmed.

Thanks to those helpful chaps at Old School Brewery we now have a full stillage ready for reopening on Tuesday 2nd April. On the stillage we have:

Unsworth's Yard-Last Wolf
Old School-Textbook
Kirkby Lonsdale-Old Tannery
Nine Standards-Royal Standard
Quantum-American Amber Ale
Deeply Vale-Still Walking
Bob's Brewing Co-Chardonnayle

Happy Easter to all and many thanks to all who sent best wishes and such generous offers of help. Look forward to seeing you next week.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

We Hope You're Thirsty

Well we're hurtling towards weekend and we have some damn fine ale on offer.

We have Marlpool Brewing Co's Scratty Ratty at 4.4%. Cumberland Corby Blonde at 4.2%. Two Roses Chinook at 4% and a little Stringers No 2 Stout left at 4.4%.

Tomorrow we will be joined by Hawkshead Bitter at 3.7% and, either tomorrow or Saturday, Bowness Bay's new Swan Black.

We hope you're all thirsty because, as we are closed from Sunday for a week reopening Tuesday 2 April, everything must go.

Funny, I'm going in for a minor op on Monday and this classic song has been running through my head all week. Can't think why.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Lunesdale CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013

It seems amazing to think that we only had the idea of opening a micropub a year ago, and here we are, voted Pub of the Year by the members of the Lunesdale Branch of CAMRA. What an amazing twelve months we've both had.

We must thank Martyn Hillier firstly of the Butcher's Arms in Kent. Martyn had the vision to open the first micropub and has inspired many of us to follow in his footsteps. He also provided invaluable help and support when we were setting up. Thanks also to Pete at the Rat Race Alehouse for spending a boring lunchtime with me when I fired probably inane questions at him for a couple of hours. Likewise Colin at The Conqueror in Ramsgate and Merf at Just Beer, Newark.

Much gratitude must go to all our customers, many of whom have become loyal regulars in the last seven months, and to all those who have travelled from far and wide to give us a try. Both of us have worked hard, especially Julie while still holding down a full time job, but the warmth and generosity of our customers has been amazing and extremely rewarding.

Of course we couldn't do it without good beer and we must always remember the brewers and the breweries. Special thanks to Carl, in consultation with Matt at Lancaster Brewery, for designing the stillage that has proved such a popular feature and his lads for their building expertise.

Finally thanks to the CAMRA members who voted for us, it really is appreciated. Now that's it before I start sounding like an Oscar winner.

PS Please remember, we have to close for a week unfortunately from 25th March, reopening 2 April with Jules in charge while I recover from a minor op.  But that gives us time to plan our St George's Day quiz in support of Help for Heroes on April 23rd.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Every Day is Silent and Grey-But There's Great Beer!

Well another weekend arrives and it's time to reveal this weekend's line-up on the pumps.

Last night we were joined for the first time by Bowness Bay's new Teale Tipple, a darkish malty drink, indeed a fine tipple and a session beer at 3.6%. We also have, at 5.1%, appearing in The Snug for the first time Moorehouse's Pendle Witches Brew and the Wold Top Headland Red at 4.3%. Also making its debut this weekend is the Otters Pocket (4%) from the wonderful Marlpool Brewing Co in Derbyshire, and from Manchester Marble Lagonda (5%) is making a much awaited return.

Seeing a damp grey Morecambe promenade on my morning constitutional today I couldn't help thinking of Morrissey and a song that seems to say; forget the weather and the sand and the pebbles and have a pint of decent beer in somewhere warm and cosy:

Please remember that we will be closed from March 25 to April 2.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Easter Closure-Update!

Following yesterday's blog post I received a phone call from the Royal Lancaster and they have had a cancellation, my operation will now be on March 25th rather than April or May. This means that we will now be closed from March 25th for a week, reopening Tuesday April 2nd.

Hope to see you all before then.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Easter Closure

The Snug will be closed over Easter from closing on Thursday 28 March reopening Tuesday 2 April.

Unfortunately I will be having a minor operation, probably in April, and Julie will be using her leave to keep the show on the road after my operation. Easter will give us a chance for a short break using the bank holidays.

To make up we will have some extra special beers on when we reopen.

Friday, 8 March 2013

It's Friday-This Weekend's Cures

At lunchtime today we will have a little OSB Detention and a little Hopscotch, but not a lot. We also have Kirkby Lonsdale's wonderful Jubilee Stout and Dunscar Bridge's Steeplejack from Bolton.

Tonight we will have Unsworth's Yard's Cartmel Penninsula and Magpie Brewery's Snowdrop joining us on the bar. I'm hoping that Privateer's Dainty Blonde will be joining us today or tomorrow on the fifth pump. Mustn't forget the Old Rosie and the Farmhouse scrumpy from Gwynt y Ddraig.

The cost of Sunday's trip to Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall, the Watermill at Ings and the Strickland Arms will be £7, departing 11-30am returning at 7-00pm. There are still a few places left so please get in touch if you would like to join us.

Now, until you can join us for this weekend's cures a little treat:

Monday, 4 March 2013

Marble Decadence

We now have Marble Decadence in stock. 1 pint 9fl ozs (750mls in funny money) of 8.7% Imperial Russian Stout retailing at £9 a bottle.

Go on, treat yourself. Open again tomorrow at 12-00.

Don't forget we also have Ginger, Dobber, Lagonda and Manchester Bitter in 500ml bottles at £3.20 a go.

Friday, 1 March 2013

It's Like A Gold Bar This Weekend!

As we drift towards spring, with lighter nights and a bit of sunshine, so we have lightened up on the beer front. We start the weekend with all five pumps employed. So what are we offering?

Well, Mrs B is the one with the head for figures and high finance and she recently suggested that gold was a good investment. So, knowing she's got her head screwed on, I contacted those nice chaps at the Barngates and Nine Standards breweries and they promptly suggested I invest in a cask of Brathay Gold and a cask of Gold Standard. So there are two of this weekend's liquid assets.

We also have some Privateer Roebuck, a nice amber ale, and a Kirkby Lonsdale Ruskins as well as the flavoursome Eden Fuggle.

Gold, it's the! In the meantime, if you can't wait for us to open and sample the Brathay Gold, or one of our other delightful ales, have bit of Gold courtesy of Spandau Ballet:

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Snug Update

First the beer. Two Roses Brewery Full Nelson will be joining us today, all the way from Barnsley. Yesterday Privateer Beers' Roebuck joined us on the bar and we still have a little Wye Valley HPA and Bob's White Lion left, but not a lot.

Next up will be Nine Standards Gold Standard then Barngate's Brathay Gold.

There will also be a new cider joining us on the bar today. Alongside the ever popular Old Rosie at 7.3% we will have the Gwynt y Ddraig Farmhouse Scrumpy all the way from Wales at 5.3%.

Next week we will be offering Marble Decadence, an 8.7% Imperial Stout in 500ml bottles. I think that is just short of a pint. Why not treat yourself?

There are still a few places left for the outing on March 10th. We will be leaving on the coach at 11-30am for Staveley and a tour of Hawkshead Brewery followed by a few drinks in the beer hall. On the way back we will be calling in at the Strickland Arms and the Watermill at Ings, due back in Carnforth at 7-00pm. The cost will be £7-00.

On March 27th we will be having our first charity quiz night in aid of St John's Hospice. Kick off will be 7-30pm. Further details to follow but please pop the date in your diary.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Make Mine A Pint. Would That Be Milk Or Alcohol Sir?

Although friends used to line their stomachs with a pint of milk before going out on a Friday and Saturday night, I always felt it took up a pint of beer space, so waited for the beer to flow. So here is the good news. Tonight we will be offering the discerning drinker the wonderful Marble Pint. It's not milk, just a wonderful hoppy pale ale.

We still have a little OSB Governors left, but not a lot, it's proving very popular. There is also Ulverston Harvest Moon, but again it is going down a treat and there is not a lot left. In fact the same applies for our other two, Coniston Old Man Ale, a lovely pint, and the Cumberland Brewery Corby Ale.

Expected to debut in The Snug tomorrow is the Wye Valley Hereford Pale Ale. Although this beer may have appeared at one or two festivals this far north we believe it is appearing in a Lancashire pub for the first time. Also on the subs bench is Bob's Brewing Co White Lion, all the way from Ossett, with Deeply Vale Still Walking from Bury also on the bench.

In the '70s I saw the wonderful dr Feelgood once or twice in Manchester, and what occasions they were. Sadly Lee Brilleaux, lead singer, is no longer with us and I was especially sad to hear this week that Wilko Johnson has been disgnosed with terminal cancer and is embarking on a farewell tour. So here's a little tribute to Dr Feelgood and Wilko Johnson:

Friday, 15 February 2013

For Your Pleasure...

This weekend we have a little bit of Two Roses Brewery Galaxy left, but not a lot, it's been very popular. There is Lytham Gold, Blackjack Shuffled Deck and OSB Governors.

Joining us at some point today or tomorrow will be the ever popular Swan Blonde, and maybe the Manchester Bitter from Marble.

There are two steam trains due tomorrow morning so we will be  opening at 11.00am after a mighty fine breakfast in the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room.

In the meantime:

Monday, 11 February 2013

Happy Daze at The Snug-Welsh Cider

We currently have Happy Daze cider from the Gwynt y Ddraig Cider and Perry Company on the bar.

It's 4.5%ABV with a fruity, apply aroma and a well balanced finish. Very refreshing.

We now intend to offer a wider range of cider and perry and will keep you updated via this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, 8 February 2013

New Beers

Last night we were very busy and the Medieval Priest's Hole went, as did the OSB Blackboard and the Barngate's Chesters Strong and Ugly. Hard to say which was most popular but one customer suggested that the Medieval was the best beer he'd tasted in the Dark and Winter Ale Festival we are part of.

We will start the weekend with the 6.2%ABV Kirkby Lonsdale WDA. We also have the Hardknott Cool Fusion at 4.4% and Privateer Dainty Blond at 4.2%. Joining us today will be Eden Dark Knight, a mild at 3.8%. I'm hoping we can have a full team out tomorrow if the Deeply Vale Golden Vale Best Bitter is ready to go on the fifth pump.

I had a strange experience recently when I was given a few cans of Boddingtons. I grew up when Boddies truly was the 'Cream of Manchester', but what I tasted in those cans was definitely not a special brew, it was rather a very strange brew. No wonder I can't remember the last time I had a pint of it. What have they done to it?

So, on that note, a little music to ease us into the weekend:

Saturday, 2 February 2013

The Snug Spring Outing

The next Snug outing will be on Sunday 10 March. The charabanc will leave The Snug at 11.30am and head to the Hawkshead Brewery. The fellas who brew their fantastic ale will be showing us around the brewery then we will have time to quaff the ale and have some food. If you haven't been to the Hawkshead Beer Hall the food is almost as good as the beer.

After a decent length of time we will head back, stopping to sample the ale in a couple of decent pubs on the way. Where we stop will be the subject of a consultation period, which means suggestions will be welcome between now and March 1. We will be arriving back at The Snug about 7-00pm.

Book early with your name(s) and a contact phone number. Cost will be less than £10, hopefully around £5 depending on numbers.

We may even get Comedy Dave to do a bit of stand up on the coach to entertain us!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Weekend Beer Menu

It's been another busy week and the dark, strong winter ales have been going well. This weekend we start with five pumps on the go. Here are the ales on offer:

Medieval Ales-Priest's Hole (5.5%)
Barngates-Chesters Strong and Ugly (5.2%)
Unsworth's Yard-Last Wolf (4.5%)
OSB-Blackboard (3.7%)
Kirkby Lonsdale Tiffin Gold (3.6%)

Plenty to enjoy and if you overindulge you may be singing along with Lloyd Cole and The Commotions on Monday:

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Dark and Winter Ales

We are participating in the Lunesdale CAMRA Branch's Dark and Winter Ales Festival over the next two weeks, for more information click here.

We start tonight with Barngate's Chesters Strong and Ugly, Cross Bay Dusk and a little Medieval Knight Hood. For those not into darker ales we have Eden Gold.

Hope you can join us.