With so many wonderfully quaint pubs and inns scattered around the Lake District, it's near impossible to pick out only a few. Most still hold a traditional English pub character whilst some have been revamped into leading-edge establishments. There's somewhere to suit every need, whether it be a generous homely meal, a refreshing beverage or a quick mid-walk pit stop. Here we have picked out just a handful of local favourites that are guarenteed to take your fancy.
The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale
In one of the Lake Districts most spectacular valleys lies the Old Dungeon Ghyll
, aptly named the ‘Hikers Pub’ has welcomed fell walkers and climbers for more than 300 years. It overlooks one chain of peaks known as the Langdale Pikes, and on the other side, the imposing Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. A Victorian vibe with old armchairs and pastel wallpaper gives the inn a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment, where most call in to enjoy real ales, Scottish whiskeys and a large selection of wine. The Inn has a separate residents bar, which is much quieter and more relaxed.
The Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside
On the crossroads between Hawkshead and Coniston sits the Lake Districts “most renowned gastropub”, The Drunken Duck Inn
, just a stone’s throw away from Tarn Hows – a popular beauty spot. It’s very much a London gastropub meets Lakeland Inn with vintage beer adverts and neutral colour palettes but the bustling, friendly atmosphere of your local village pub. You are promised incredibly efficient service, even at the busiest times – it is recommended that you book well in advance due to immense popularity. Fine dining-pub grub washed down with ales from the attached Barngates brewery = a match made in heaven.
Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
“Muddy boots, wet dogs and children welcome” is the motto at the Cuckoo Brow Inn
. Serving as a stop off point for travellers since 1700, it’s still a local landmark. It retains a traditional quality with a hint of modernisation, with roaring log-fires, worn furniture and quirky paintings dotted about. Warming, filling meals are the buttress of the Cuckoo Brow, and will certainly hit the spot after a lengthy walk or cycle. Classic, contemporary and comfortable.
The Mortal Man, Troutbeck
The Mortal Man
epitomizes what a good old fashioned English pub should be. Sit comfortably in front of their own open log fire, and enjoy carefully selected cask ales, malt whiskies and delicious wines. Free maps are also available for all your walking needs. Making the most of their traditional personality, the Mortal Man showcases old English pub entertainment, such as folk music, poetry, folk tales and so on. You are also able to make the most of your own entertainment with board games, a dart board and cards (and free WiFi of course!). If you’re looking for an informal, unpretentious atmosphere with good conversation and good company, this is a perfect choice. Children with families and dogs are most welcome.
Wasdale Head Inn, Western Lakes
Named a local legend, The Wasdale Head Inn
is situated in the isolated valley of the peaceful Western Lakes, where you can discover England’s tallest mountain and deepest lake. Service is incredibly friendly, and staff will be more than happy to offer you their best advice regarding walking routes and weather updates. It certainly is a cheerful “walkers bar”, with hallways lined with mountaineering photos and climbing equipment. Food is available in their bar and wood-panelled dining room.
The Masons Arms, Cartmel Fell
Overlooking the Winster Valley and unmatched views, The Masons Arms
is a cosy bar with a true Lake District feel. Snug, contemporary and classic, with old fireplaces, low beamed ceilings and quirky furniture. You can enjoy locally sourced dishes and a fine selection of local ales and beers. A sunny day will promise glorious views of Whitbarrow Scar from the terrace. Deliciously old fashioned and serene.