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CAMRA Lunesdale

Hest Bank

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2 Hest Bank Lane
Hest Bank
01524 824339

12-11 (11.30 Fri); 12-10.30 Sun

An historic pub dating from 1554 with canalside garden. Formerly a coaching inn for travellers crossing Morecambe Bay to Grange-over-Sands. One of the older rooms in the pub functions as a locals’ bar, while another smaller bar plus other rooms on differing levels are mostly used by diners.

Allegedly dating from 1554 but the earliest record seems to be 1643 (when it was involved in the Civil War) and there were probably older inns on the site. For centuries the starting or stopping point for the perilous crossing of the Sands to (or from) Cartmel and Furness. The Lancaster Canal arrived in 1797 and the road was re-routed around the back of the pub and at first-floor level to enable it to cross the new bridge. This was presumably the stimulus for a major alteration of the building including a new bar-room and new front door facing the new road. Large stables were built for the stagecoaches now operating the Sands route. Hest Bank also became a minor seaside watering-hole with regular trippers. The opening of the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway in 1846 was the beginning of the end for the canal trade but brought more trippers. Likewise the Ulverston & Lancaster Railway (1857) marked the end of the stagecoaches. Apparently became a Boddingtons pub in 1944. The last major alteration was circa 1990 when the rooms to the right of the front door were added to the public space.

Food: 12-2.30, 5-9; 12-9 Sat; 12-8 Sun

Bus 5, 55 30m away

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Latest change of licensee:

October 2018

Operator:

Punch

Last updated: April 2019

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