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.

Located in the picturesque Lake District village of Hesket Newmarket. Thriving, cosy traditional pub offering a warm welcome, excellent beer and good food. The Old Crown became Britain's first co-operatively owned pub in 2003. The co-operative is dedicated to maintaining the essential character of the pub. The Old Crown serves the very best real ales brewed by the Hesket Newmarket Brewery which stands in a barn at the rear of the pub. Always at least six Hesket Newmarket beers are available.

The beer at this stone-built pub in a beautiful fellside village doesn’t have to travel far – it’s made next door. Community ownership of Hesket Newmarket Brewery came first, in 1999, and it was only several years later that the villagers (including long-time regular Chris Bonington) clubbed together to buy the pub. There’s a real fire, black-and-white prints on the wall and mugs and jugs hanging from wooden beams. This is ale territory, with not a creme brûlée porter in sight, though American hops make an appearance in the Brim Fell IPA.


  • Beer garden
  • Car park
  • Dogs allowed
  • Family friendly
  • Food
  • Real ale
  • Real fire
  • WiFi free
  • Dart board
  • Pool table
  • Cask Marque