Pub Details

(01539) 821309
Opening Times
11.15 - 11 (10.30 Sun)


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Licensee information

Licensee name
Brian Coulthwaite
Own brew

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Watermill Inn & Brewing Co


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Watermill, Ings, Cumbria, LA8 9PY – The Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Busy, cleverly converted pub with fantastic range of real ales including own brews, and well liked food; bedrooms
Many people here are repeat customers keen to try the fantastic range of changing real ales. At peak times, there may be up to 16 beers on handpump - including their own brews: Watermill A Bit'er Ruff, Blackbeard, Collie Wobbles, Dogth Vader, Isle of Dogs, Windermere Blonde, Ruff Justice and W'ruff Night - plus guests such as Coniston Bluebird, Cumbrian Legendary Loweswater Gold, Fell Robust Porter and Unsworths Yard Cartmel Peninsula and Crusader Gold. Also, scrumpy cider, a huge choice of foreign bottled beers and 40 malt whiskies. The building, cleverly converted from a wood mill and joiner's shop, has plenty of character and the bars have an assortment of chairs, padded benches and solid oak tables, bar counters made from old church wood, open fires and interesting photographs and amusing cartoons by a local artist. The spacious lounge bar, in much the same traditional style as the other rooms, has rocking chairs and a big open fire; darts and board games. There are seats in the gardens and lots to do nearby. Dogs may get free biscuits and water. It's also a smashing place to stay.

Good Pub Guide Food

Generous helpings of good, popular food includes sandwiches, creamy garlic mushrooms, deep-fried king prawns with chilli mayonnaise, mushroom stroganoff, chicken caesar salad, gammon with free-range egg and pineapple, beer-battered fish and chips, cumberland sausage with beer and onion gravy, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding and hot chocolate fudge cake.

Bar food times: 12 - 9


Good Pub Information

Children allowed in: Childrens Garden
Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms


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Rating: 3/5 (776 votes cast)

Reader Comments

Well worth a visit if you want a tasty home cooked meal with a variety of choices to cater to all needs. There is a wide range of beers brewed onsite, we tried several and they were all excellent. The bar and table service are great and the staff are very friendly and most welcoming. The food arrived within 10 minutes of ordering and all meals were hot, tasty and portion sizes were large. This pub is popular so parking is a challenge but well worth it. Dogs are welcome in the pub and you can even buy gravey bones.

Omg..........booked in then read the last comment on this site and nearly cancelled!
Glad we went and my only problem was having to wait 10 minutes for a table at 7.30pm as it was full on a tuesday night mid september
Food was very nice, beef and ale pie to die for said my hubby i had a excellent vegetarian savoury bread and butter dish i am not a veggie but fancied something different. A well stocked wine list and 15 different real ales on, we tried quite a few half pints all in good condition their own brew collie wobbles was divine! The staff were all nice and seemed to be getting on efficiently.
Our bedroom was nice and breakfast was perfect.
Congratulations for being an un-pretentious English Inn.
We will return next month for your steak night (oh yes they have their own herd of cows)

After reading the comments on the Watermill on Good Pub Guide site I'm afraid I have to disagree. We visited the pub based on the comments on the site, and were disappointed.

I tried two of the locally brewed ales, which were ok although not outstanding, but the real let down was the food - we ordered venison casserole and Cumberland sausage with mash. The casserole (£12.95) was nothing more than dry, overcooked meat in gravy, and the whilst the Cumberland sausage was ok, the mash was flavourless and watery, and the veg was entirely without taste. To be honest I would be surprised if any of the other food coming from that kitchen was much better, there were very few people eating in this pub.

All in all I'm surprised that our experience differed so greatly from the other posters on the site but would definitely NOT recommend this pub to others.

I agree 100% with the previous comment. We went back in March and I was amazed by this brew pub. The ales they brew are incredible and continue to be one of my favourites. We ordered a beef and gravy sandwich. It was fantastic. What made it so was the gravy is made from their beer and the beef came from their cows fed on the hops. The staff there where very friendly. Its the pub I’d love to be my local.

This is my favourite pub in England. Even outside the holiday season the vast range of real ales are always in tip top condition. There is an excellent menu of well cooked satisfying food. The staff are friendly and efficient and I just wish I didn't live 200 miles away.

Stayed in October by chance visit to the lakes. What a gem the watermill is, 15 beers were well kept, the food was just what a english pub should serve and faultless. Bed and breakfast was 5 out of 5. Staff very friendly and helpful. My only problem was a 32 handpump beer festival was starting 2 days AFTER i had left.
We will be back in April for the next!

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