Here at the Bank Tavern we are Cask Marque accredited. We take pride in the quality of our pints, served in our relaxed unpretentious pub. Our resident ales are a selection from local brewers Jennings, who brew using water from their own well at Cockermouth Castle. This water gives our resident ales ‘The Taste of the Lake District”.
On rotation we have guest beers from the length and breadth of the UK, so regular customers always have a good variety of tastes to satisfy their appetite.
The Lake District is Jennings heartland. Jennings Bitter is the original beer to come from the Cockermouth brewery and been brewed for over a hundred years. It is brewed with English pale ale and amber malt, to give a nutty flavour that supports a subtle blend of English aromatic hops. This creates a distinctively darker bitter, with a really moreish taste and at 3.5% ABV has a very drinkable strength, making it the ideal session beer.
Cumberland is a superb golden coloured, full flavoured ale that draws its delicate hop character from being brewed with English pale Ale malt and only the finest English aromatic hops. It is traditionally brewed using pure Lakeland water drawn from the brewery's own well at Cockermouth Castle.
A strong, dark, satisfying ale, wonderfully warming and full of complex flavours, which create an intriguing beer of great character. Sneck Lifter was originally introduced as a winter warmer but has become a year round favourite. In northern dialect sneck means door latch and a sneck lifter was a man’s last sixpence which enabled him to lift the latch of a pub door and buy himself a pint, hoping to meet friends there who might treat him to one or two more.
Cocker Hoop is a fine golden ale, light in colour with a citrus finish. A bitter beer of great character, appealing to those drinkers who really appreciate their beer and are looking for quality. The name is derived from ‘Cock-a Hoop’, an old custom of removing the cock (or spigot) from a barrel and resting it on the hoop of the cask,but was changed to reflect the brewery’s location on the banks of the River Cocker.
This gloriously zesty blonde beer is brewed with a blend of Pilgrim, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. It has a vibrant citrus hop aroma and a shimmering blonde colour. The rich gooseberry and zesty grapefruit taste create an easy drinking beer with a clean, long aftertaste.
Brakspear Oxford Gold is a zesty brew, with fresh, citrusy aromas and a firm, fruity flavour. Pale ale malts provide the beer with its gold-gilt shimmer, spruced by a hatful of crystal malts to give body, texture and a delicate honey’d wrap. The blend of hops delivers a shamelessly fresh perfume and fermentation by Brakspear yeast gives Brakspear Oxford Gold a fabulous, fruity finish.
This beer is the beer that made Banks's famous - it's beautifully balanced, smooth and very moreish. A light chestnut coloured beer, exhibiting a glorious balance. Malty with a perceptible burnt note, it's full bodied with a hint of bitterness counterbalancing the rich, biscuity flavour from the best barley.
Pale ales were the height of fashion in the Victorian era. They were seen in watering holes the length and breadth of the country and were liked by everyone. Unlike earlier darker beers, the delicious, clear and golden style of English Pale Ale is what people went mad for. The taste of Marston's EPA is unique. The citrusy hops give the zing, giving way to a fuller flavour and a crisp finish. It’s a refreshing, lighter blonde ale.
Marston’s Oyster Stout is a dark, creamy, smooth, clean tasting English stout which delivers a rich dark oaty flavour. It doesn’t contain oysters! It is called Oyster Stout as this style of ale is a great complement to shellfish dishes.
Pedigree is unique – not only is it still brewed in oak casks, but it’s the only beer left in Britain that is brewed using the naturally mineral enriched Burton well water. The Burton Union system is a row of wood casks connected to a common trough by way of a series of pipes and this is the only commercially brewed beer to still use this system. It has a distinct aroma, some spicy hops, a malt that is reminiscent of home baked biscuits and has a gently refreshing fruitiness.
Created by brewers Jon Tillson and Dave Carter at the Wychwood Brewery in Witney to deliver their take on the American influenced style of pale ale, made with a blend of darker malts. This produces a deceptively darker beer with a refreshingly big fruity hop character from a blend of six different hop varieties.
Fortyniner gets its unique name from the 1849 gold rush, being golden in colour and brewed to 4.9%. Fortyniner is bright and full of rich flavours to satisfy the most refined palate. The ale delivers a fresh hop bouquet, turning into a slightly malty taste off set with strong hop balance, and deep bittersweet finish. This is a result of the use of floor-malted Maris Otter barley, Goldings, Progress, Fuggles and Challenger hops.
A superb thirst quenching, refreshing beer packed full of flavour, lightly hopped with subtle sweet notes and a delicate citrus aroma. This refreshing golden beer is inspired by the author Alfred Wainwright, famous for his Lakeland Fell guide books. For every summit Wainwright conquered through his passion and commitment, each one delivered the ultimate reward. This fruity sweet bitter will quench any fellwalkers thirst.
A combination of hop varieties and an infusion of wheat and malted barley has resulted in the perfect golden beer with a huge hop punch. This mouth-watering and refreshing beer has a citrus hop kick. The Wychwood Brewery is tucked away behind the main street of the market town of Witney, in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Brewing has taken place in Witney for centuries.