‘Unsy’ is a fellow Tasmanian who has been living in London for the past 2 years. Like us here at Crafty Ramblings, a big part of his travelling involves hunting down craft beer in the various places he visits…
After a relaxing couple of days in Cumbria, the better half and I went out to sample some local food at the well-acclaimed Bowness-on-Windermere restaurant, Roberto’s.
Being a big fan of craft beer, I always make an effort to sample the local guest ales and to my surprise, the beers on offer at this particular establishment were from the Cartmel-based, Unsworth’s Yard.
Being an Unsworth myself, the first thing I did was to order their Festival Ale. This light pale ale bore more than a canny resemblance to the much-loved Aussie brew, Little Creatures Bright Ale and it was a superb accompaniment to the slow-cooked pork belly being served.
Wanting to find out more, we decided to make the trip down to Cartmel to meet the Unsworths and check out their newly established microbrewery.
On arrival, we met with Peter, whose family has owned Unsworth’s Yard since 1922. Having redeveloped the area, they found themselves with some extra space, so what better way to fill it than with a microbrewery in order to brew some of the North’s finest ales?
Considering the brewery has only been open since February, Peter and his brother David have done a great job in getting their quality ales out there and their Sir William Marshal’s Crusader Gold is currently the local ale at The Cavendish Arms in Cartmel.
As well as the Festival Ale and Crusader Gold, the lads also brew a traditional Cartmel Pennisula Ale and will soon release the stronger Sir Edgar Harrington’s Last Wolf. Bottles of their ales are currently sold at selected venues in the North of England, as well as highly rated London restaurant, Roganic.
Well worth ordering a pint, if you are ever in Cumbria…