Britain's first co-operatively owned pub
Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria

'Friendly staff, real ales on tap and log fire running. What's not to like?'

The Old Crown is located in the picturesque Cumbrian village of Hesket Newmarket, on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park.

The pub is owned by a co-operative of some 150 customers and supporters from the local and wider community.

It is England’s first registered co-operatively owned pub.

Find out more about The Old Crown

When are we open?

Opening Times

Check out our Facebook page for this weeks opening hours and food service times.

We serve the very best in ales, mostly supplied by Hesket Newmarket brewery which is located on our doorstep. You will be assured of a warm welcome by your hosts Helen and Si whether you are popping in for a drink, something to eat, or a chat - or all three!

You can find more information on our beers, our delicious food and serving times or notable events in our diary. You can also find further information on exactly how to find us and, if you need it, where to stay.

Just as we went into lockdown in March 2020, Solway CAMRA members voted and selected the Old Crown as their Summer pub of the Season!

  016974 78288

A word from our customers...

'I felt quite emotional when I read the background information about [HNM] Brewery and The Old Crown. You should all be immensely proud of keeping your local open, especially using it as the brewery tap.'

Eileen Lithgow, Press Officer to the West Cumbria branch of CAMRA

'Not often you find somewhere that offers something uncomplicated but bursting with quality. I loved the beers, all brewed [by HNM brewery] behind the pub. The reception we received was very welcoming and this has become one of my favourite pubs in the Lakes.'

Customer Review, Oct 2018

'This is a 'must visit’ establishment in this part of the world... The warmth of this place hits you, not only from the wood burning stove, but also from the atmosphere created by the patrons and bar staff alike. A really, really comfortable place to drink and eat. Cannot recommend enough. Lovely village with a lovely welcoming pub. Have not experienced this for a long while. '

Customer Review, Dec 2018

'A wonderful dog friendly pub, full of charm and lovely friendly staff. Real ale is served with a great variety of options and Sunday dinner was to die for, with a fab veggie option available that was tasty and plentiful. I would highly recommend a visit here and will be a regular whilst on holiday in this part of the world'

Customer Review

Hesket Brewery
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Hesket Brewery

The Old Crown (Hesket Newmarket) Ltd. Registered office: The Old Crown, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton CA7 8JG Tel. 016974 78288 // Site by Bang Digital

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