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The Snug (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ulverston - Another Fine MessExcellent1
Barngates - Pale AleExcellent1
Dancing Duck - AbductionExcellent1
Cross Bay - HaloExcellent1
Five Towns - Niamh's NemesisExcellent1
Fuzzy Duck - Golden CascadeExcellent1
Eden River (formerly Eden) - First Emperor Pukka India Pale AleExcellent1
Spitting Feathers - Basket CaseGood1
Bristol Beer Factory - UPAGood1
Barngates - Red Bull TerrierGood1
Bowness Bay - Mere GoldGood1
Cross Bay - Dusk Ruby BitterNot Tried0
Wyre Piddle - Piddle in the HoleNot Tried0
Kirkby Lonsdale - MonumentalNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - SunriseNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Fell - Tinderbox IPANot Tried0
Stewart - Copper CascadeNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - Joker I.P.A.Not Tried0
Hawkshead - IPANot Tried0
Stockport - Stock PorterNot Tried0
Chadwick's - Lakeland Blonde Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Snug, Carnforth, Lancashire
Picture 2. The Snug, Carnforth, Lancashire

Visits Details

16 Jul 2015 (ChrisE)
Opened early by prior arrangement, excellent welcome and governor sends regards to Mr. Pirrip.
Ulverston - Another Fine Mess4.00Excellent
Stewart - Copper Cascade4.20Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Joker I.P.A.5.00Not Tried
Hawkshead - IPA7.00Not Tried
Stockport - Stock Porter4.80Not Tried
Chadwick's - Lakeland Blonde 3.60Not Tried
18 Jul 2013 (ChrisE)
Our bus driver set his Sat Nav to take us to Troutbeck, but somehow, for reasons that I am not certain, we ended up here. It was only my second visit to this pub and the landlord remembered me by name, he also spoke well of Philip Pirrip and Michael Croxford who are contributors to this site.
Eden River (formerly Eden) - First Emperor Pukka India Pale Ale4.60Excellent
Bristol Beer Factory - Sunrise4.40Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Fell - Tinderbox IPA6.30Not Tried
06 Jul 2013 (HSB)
Saturday lunchtime. We were second in and the pub soon filled up. One of the regulars brings food in on a Saturday and it is offered around freely the bar for a donation to Help for Heroes. The curry pie, butter pie and black pudding were excellent. The railway museum on the other platform makes this a really worthwhile visit.
Barngates - Pale Ale3.30ExcellentLots of a taste for a low gravity beer
Five Towns - Niamh's Nemesis5.70Excellent
Bowness Bay - Mere Gold3.80Good
Bristol Beer Factory - UPA4.50Good
Barngates - Red Bull Terrier4.80Good
18 Aug 2012 (ChrisE)
A Saturday lunch time visit. My train arrived twenty minutes before opening time so I had time to enjoy a coffee and bacon butty in the famous Railway Refreshment Rooms before crossing via the subway to the pub. I was impressed with this place and had a good chat with the landlord who told me that he was very pleased with the help and advice that he had received from Colin Aris at the Conqueror in Ramsgate.
Cross Bay - Halo3.60ExcellentPale and refreshing ale in very good condition.
Fuzzy Duck - Golden Cascade3.80ExcellentSuperb condition. Golden ale with citrus notes.
Wyre Piddle - Piddle in the Hole3.90Not Tried
Kirkby Lonsdale - Monumental4.50Not Tried
10 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
The main purpose of today's journey was here, arriving just after half past six. Fine welcome from the guvs who have previously hailed from my own neck of the woods. Strangely Celia and Trevor were not clandestinely in residence and I was unable to find any married lady with grit in her eye needing my rogue doctor's attention - so be it ho hum. The hour's visit was soon up.
Dancing Duck - Abduction5.50ExcellentJust what the doctor (no not that doctor) ordered (he'd probably prefer Millstone True Grit). Full bodied lovely hop hit. Excellent mouthfeel and head retention
Spitting Feathers - Basket Case4.80GoodRather too malty and cloying for me and a bit flat
Cross Bay - Dusk Ruby Bitter4.00Not TriedPumpclip showed 4.5% but a star shaped outline emblem "Now 4%"

About The Snug

The pub sign. The Snug, Carnforth, Lancashire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9TR.

Another Micropub inspired by Martyn Hillier's The Butchers Arms at Herne in Kent. Opened on 1st August 2012 after a preview night the previous evening. Run by a husband and wife who have had previous life stomping grounds in Colombia, North and South London - what a mix. This a small pub located in the old frontage of the railway station - a building shared with several other Council and business users. Carnforth railway station was allowed to get into disrepair for years after its original fame in David Lean's Brief Encounter film. Now converted to a heritage centre and some limited upgrade of the station platform facilities. The old main line platforms are no longer in use so it is usual for express InterCity trains to press through at high speed just like the expresses in the film when it is alleged David Lean bribed train drivers to make as much steam and whistle sound and sight as they could when passing through non-stop. The small bar area has 5 handpumps which are linked by pipes to the cask stillage located in a glass fronted cabinet / cupboard which forms part of the bar back counter fitting. Here you'll get great views of the splendid buildings of Carnforth Station from one side and the bustle of Market Street from the other while you enjoy a leisurely pint in peace and quiet. Only real ales are on offer with real cider, wine and softies. Closed most of winter 2017/18 for building structural repairs but reopened end February 2018 for a new lease of life!

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 22 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LA5 9TR