The Lake District is a wonderful destination for short breaks and holidays at any time of the year. And, some of the most memorable moments of any trip will be spent relaxing in the comfort of the homely pubs and inns you discover as you explore the wonderful Lake District scenery and tourist attractions.
At its best, nothing can beat the unpretentious appeal of a traditional British pub and there are lots to choose from in the Lakes. So, after a long day walking the fells on your Lake District break, spend some time lounging at the side of a crackling fire, sampling the ales and beers on offer in one or more of these outstanding Lake District pubs.
Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside
This traditional, beamed pub is set high above Ambleside and is a delightful place to while away a few hours. The dog-friendly pub and restaurant features historic oak floors, oak furnishings and lots of unique artwork. Its location means you can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding fells and the pub’s prize-winning home brew beer will certainly put a smile on your face. Food is served throughout the day, including brunch, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks in the bar and traditional roast lunches every Sunday.
George and Dragon, Penrith
If you’re around the quieter Penrith area, you’ll find the George and Dragon has an enviable reputation for hearty food. Most ingredients are sourced directly from the pub gardens and some of the best local growers and farmers. The pub is bang in the middle of the Lowther Estate and around three miles outside Penrith. One popular dish is Askham pork and cabbage served with pancetta and spring onions. And, if you enjoy relaxing in traditional surroundings with a blazing fire and a cosy atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed when you take time to visit the George and Dragon.
Black Bull Inn, Coniston
Anyone who enjoys sampling a wide range of locally brewed ales and beers will find The Black Bull a gem of a pub. The pubis a former coaching inn and is located in a picture postcard setting, with the Old Man towering above and the swift flowing beck at its side. The Black Bull is next to the Coniston Brewing Company, so a wide range of delicious local brews are on sale in the bar.
The Mortal Man, Troutbeck
Nestled in the hills above Windermere and just below the Troutbeck Valley, The Mortal Man is another historic inn which was said to be popular with the poets Coleridge, Southey and Wordsworth. The pub has a simple, homely appeal, with outstanding views, and is very popular with fell-walkers.
Kirkstone Pass Inn
Hikers and tourists adore the blustery, atmospheric location of the Kirkstone Pass Inn. This ancient coaching site dates back to the 15th century and is the highest existing building and dwelling house in Cumbria. Generous portions of homemade local dishes and a roaring fire make this homely inn a popular choice with visitors to the Lake District.
Punch Bowl Inn, Lake District
The lovely Punch Bowl Inn is located in Crosthwaite and has developed an outstanding reputation for delicious food and excellent service. The pretty pub is situated next to the village church and is surrounded by quintessentially English countryside. The pub has won a number of awards for its food and has a cosy charm that will appeal to visitors of any age.
Kirkstile Inn, Lake District
Located close to Buttermere and the charming lake Loweswater, the Kirkstile Inn is one of the oldest pubs in the Lakes and has a great reputation with visitors and real ale enthusiasts. The pub provides home-cooked food, but one of its greatest charms is the stunning scenery. Walkers and hikers enjoy a warm welcome in this traditional pub at anytime of year and some popular nearby hikes include the Newlands Pass and RedPike to High Stile Ridge. The pub has been brewing its own beers since 2003 and has received many awards; sample their Loweswater Gold ale on your visit and you’ll understand the reasons for this.
All the above pubs and inns are ideal for relaxation and offer comfort in traditional surroundings, irrespective of external weather conditions. After spending hours hiking across windswept fells, there’s nothing better than sinking into a squishy armchair, watching the glowing embers of a real fire in the homely setting of a Lakeland pub. The Lakes have a distinctive charm in any kind of weather, and you’re sure to discover a warm welcome in the hill pubs surrounding the picturesque Lakes.
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