After a brisk day in the countryside or whether you’re just looking for relaxation, the Lake District, Cumbria has an abundance of traditional pubs and inns to choose from.
With a growing national interest in locally sourced food and brewed craft beers this really is #theplacetobe. Here are top nine of the best cosy pubs to visit this Spring from Cumbria Tourism’s official website GoLakes.
OPENING SOON: The Queens Head, Troutbeck
Robinsons Brewery is reopening the iconic Lakeland pub – The Queens Head at Troutbeck in April 2017 following a £2 million investment. Perfectly placed on the side of the Lakeland fells overlooking the Troutbeck Valley, just four miles from Ambleside and three miles from Windermere. There are unsurpassed views of Garburn Pass, High Street and Ill Bell Ridge. The former 17th century coaching Inn boasts an eclectic mix of ancient Cumbrian and contemporary decor alongside it’s iconic four poster bar.
Winner of Cumbria Tourism’s ‘Tourism Pub of the Year’ 2016, The Wheatsheaf is tucked away in the picturesque village of Brigsteer, at the foot of Scout Scar. The Wheatsheaf dates back to 1762 and it was originally three cottages with a shoeing room for horses before becoming an alehouse in the early 1800s.
Situate in the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, on the Cumbria-Lancashire-Yorkshire between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Although it dates back to the 17th century and exudes an olde worlde charm with log fires, handmade furniture, oak floors and overhead beams, the 2 AA rosette-rated Sun Inn doesn’t skimp on contemporary style or luxury. Shortlisted as Visit England’s ‘dog friendly’ business of the year, the Sun Inn is also heaven for four-legged visitors.
The George and Dragon is an 18th century renovated coaching inn, which was transformed by Charles Lowther and his mother, the Countess of Lonsdale. It has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen who have reused stone, slate flags, design and colours sympathetic to the Georgian period. Comfy sofas, bare wooden tables and intimate alcoves make it a perfect place to relax and unwind. The George and Dragon’s gastro-style food has an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients from the local area – helping it scoop an ‘highly commended’ award in Cumbria Tourism’s ‘Dining Experience of the Year’.
The Masons Arms overlooks the unspoilt Winster Valley with vast countryside views beyond. This quaint and delightful inn offers visitors a cosy bar with old fireplaces, quirky furniture and a traditional Lake District atmosphere. Serving local game, Cartmel lamb and Lakeland damson dishes, the inn prides itself on good quality, home cooked food.
Situated in Cummersdale on the outskirts of Cumbria’s city, The Spinner Arms is a Grade II listed building with many original features, including open fires, tiled fireplaces, wood panelling and unusual decorative guttering. It is the birth place of the Carlisle Brewing Company, who for the five consecutive years have been listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and in 2016 won Beer of the Year at the Carlisle Beer Festival.
Nestled at the feet of Langdale’s soaring pikes you’ll find the Sticklebarn, a National Trust run country pub offering real ale, good wine and great food right in the heart of the Lake District. The National Trust owns more than 60 pubs, but Sticklebarn is unique. They run it themselves to give high quality food and local ales, and that also means that every penny they make goes back into looking after this magnificent area. Whether it’s steak and ale pie or pizza from the woodfired oven, bring in your muddy boots and muddy paws and relax in this unique pub built with stone, slate and timber straight from the valley.
Nestled in the stunning fells the Western Lake District, a short distance away from Loweswater and Crummock Water, the pub has provided food and shelter since Tudor times with its log fires, oak beams and wealth of history. Brewing beer is part of the history at the Kirkstile and the bar serves real ales including those brewed by their own brewing company Legendary Cumbrian Ales.
Drunken Duck, Ambleside
At the heart of the Drunken Duck is its bar with its wide oak flooring, old beams, an open fire, numerous pictures, leather club chairs and a beautiful Brathay Black slate bar top from the local quarry half a mile down Duck Hill. Initially set up to provide the Duck with its own beers, Barngates Brewery now produces a range of award-winning real ales, supplying many other inns throughout the north of England
For more ideas on planning a cosy break in the Lake District, Cumbria visit www.golakes.co.uk and if you’re visiting before 31st March 2017 make sure to purchase a Love Cumbria card before your arrival. The must-have holiday accessory entitles you to a whole host of exclusive offers from 2 for 1 entry to attractions, 30% off food and 2 for 1 afternoon teas for only £10 per card. Check out the offers and buy your card from www.golakes.co.uk/lovecumbria