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Dales Way Pubs: The Red Lion, Sedbergh, Cumbria

Our first day on The Dales Way (foreshortened and in reverse) was from Kendal to Millthorp on Easter Sunday.  This was a really beautiful walk on a sunny day, passing over some lovely pasture before crossing over the West Coast Mainline and the M6 to join the Lune river at Crook of Lune bridge and following it south to join the Rawthay river.

The end of our walk that day was Millthorp Bridge, but 1km up the road from the finish point is Sedbergh, the place where Kate and I are getting married in October (*knock wood*).  Opposite the church in the centre of the village is The Red Lion pub, the first of three “lions” on our journey.

Much as we’d accidentally stumbled upon a beer festival in Kendal before starting the walk, we were lucky enough to find a beer festival going on in the pub, or rather in a satisfyingly cool stone shed out the back.  A very helpful barman who was there specially for the beer festival took us out to the back and told us about the selection.

As usual, I had been daydreaming for the last few hours about the beer I would have at the end of the stage.  My thoughts were in the region of pale, hoppy, thirst-quenching beers, such as Hawkshead Windermere Pale or Ilkley Mary Jane.  Although they didn’t have either of those, they did have BrewDog Trashy Blonde.

It might have been the sunburn, the thirst or the tiredness and reflief at the end of the first day, but that Trashy Blonde was one of the most enjoyable pints I’ve ever had.  Just cool enough, bitter and fruity and seemingly a real improvement on the bottle of the same beer I’d had in Leeds previously.  I obviously inhaled the first pint before having a second.

We also tried a couple of the the other beers.  Marston’s Royal Wedding beer Perfect Union was a nice light hoppy beer and Rooster’s Leghorn was also fine, but on this occassion, both gentleman and lady preferred the Blonde.  This was a very promising end to the first day, and seemed to bode well for the rest of the walk.  However the next day we would be less fortunate.

  1. May 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Couldnt agree more with your thoughts on Ikley mary jane and Windy Pale, perfect summer beers, low abv but with bags of flavour. I had a few pints of Mary jane in the beer garden at The Grove Inn, Leeds, and they were fantastic. Perfect Bank holiday Beers!

    Brewdog trashy blonde is great on cask aswell, really fruity but without that super hopped bitterness brewdog usually go for. I had it in the Hop, again in Leeds, and loved it. Never bought it in bottle as its usually the same price as Punk and 5am Saint, i.e. hoppier, stronger beers! The tight yorkshireman inside just wont let me…

  2. May 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    They had Trashy Blonde in bottle in PiN for a while. Not sure why, as the bar staff seemed unaware of it until I pointed it out and then didn’t know what to charge for it. It was the best thing they had in bottle (they have an endless variety of Italian/Spanish/Latin American pilsners for some reason) although I got a bit bored of it after just the one. Given the choice I would usually go for 5am Saint or Punk too.

    But yeah, it was just right on cask, which is contrary to my experience of most BrewDog beers, which are often better in bottle or keg like a lot of stronger, hoppier US-style beers.

  1. May 5, 2011 at 9:19 am

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