The Old Crown Pub
The Old Crown is located in a really beautiful North Cumbrian village called Hesket
Newmarket. The pub really is unique in that it is owned by a cooperative of around
100 supporters and local residents. It is believed that the Old Crown is the first
cooperatively owned pub in the UK.
The group really is dedicated to keeping the traditional character of this unique hub.
Therefore the Old Crown only serves the local real ales from the Hesket Newmarket
Brewery which is located behind the pub.
‘Great Cock up Porter’ is a chocolatey flavour of beer, a smooth and crystal malt
whose fermentation is carefully controlled to give a balanced bitterness from
Goldings and a full stout type taste.
‘Blencathara Bitter’ is quite dark with a hint of chocolate and crystal malts, bittered
with Fuggles and Goldings to create a beer of real character.
‘Haystacks’ is a really refreshing beer for fell walkers. Pale in colour, really zesty with
a light palette it is late hopped giving just a hint of grapefruit.
Skiddaw Special Bitter is a combination of First Gold, Fuggles Challenger and North
Down to give it a bitter taste.
These are just some of the unique local ales available at the old Crown pub. As well
as outstanding beers to try you can take part in pub quizzes at the old Crown on the
third Sunday of each month or take part in our specially planned walks written by
guidebook writer Mark Richards with varying durations to suit daytrippers and serious
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has visited the pub twice way chose to drink
a pint of great Cock up Porter and won a game of darts. We heard about the pub
from the organisation he launched in 2001 that promotes pubs in rural communities
called the pub is the hub. He made a speech in which he showed his admiration and
happiness at what the collective had done to save the village pub.
You can follow the pub story online where several films can be seen which record the
story of this unique Inn. Perhaps you might even pay a visit on your next trip to the
Lake District National Park. See the website for more information