After an extended day mountain climbing, crusing or typically exploring the Lake District, what higher strategy to unwind than with some scrumptious food and drinks within the snug environment of a comfortable Lake District pub?
For these of us who reside and work within the Lake District, we’re really spoilt in terms of selecting a pub to go to. So we thought we’d concentrate on Windermere and the encircling space to supply a bit of inspiration. Here are ten of our favorite cosy pubs, someplace to whereas away a lunchtime and afternoon, or spend a night, having fun with the effective firm of household and mates.
The Crafty Baa
Situated within the coronary heart of Windermere, the Crafty Baa is a household run pub and former AA Pub of the Year. If you’re a craft beer fan, this quirky pub is a should go to for any beer connoisseur, with over 100 bottled craft beers from around the globe out there, on high of the actual ales, stouts, porters, IPAs and lagers. Food is served all day (from 11am to 10.30pm) and it’s undoubtedly price attempting. Whether it’s nibbles, platters or scorching sandwiches, there’s one thing to fulfill most appetites.
The Crafty Baa is baby and canine pleasant.
The Watermill at Ings
Just a few miles out of Windermere in the direction of Kendal is the village of Ings and The Watermill Inn, a multi-award profitable, household run pub and brewery positioned on a peaceable lane simply surrounded by superb countryside.
The pub has gained an enviable repute for brewing its personal beers, twelve in complete, and lots of of them have some form of canine reference within the title, reminiscent of Golden Retriever, a Bit’er Ruff or Collie Wobbles, a nod to the dog-friendly nature of the pub.
The Watermill Inn presents all day, informal eating in a relaxed environment, slightly than restaurant eating. The important menu options seasonal dishes, in addition to chef’s specials. This is hearty eating and at the moment of yr, we totally advocate the meat and collie wobbles ale pie.
The Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwaite
On the outskirts of the village of Crosthwaite, about twenty minutes by automotive from Windermere, is the Punchbowl Inn, a captivating and rustic seventeenth century pub within the coronary heart of the Lyth Valley.
The Punchbowl has turn into synonymous with improbable meals, incomes two well-deserved AA rosettes alongside the best way. It presents an in depth menu, out there at lunchtime from Monday to Saturday (12.00 – 3pm) and each night between 5.30pm and eight.30pm (Saturday and Sunday 6pm – 8.30pm). The Sunday Lunch menu adjustments on a weekly foundation and is served from 12pm – 3pm. And you’ll be able to select from a standard bar or formal and casual eating places.
The bar serves a number of domestically brewed ale, in addition to an in depth vary of malt whiskies and gins, together with native damson gin. There can also be a superb wine checklist.
If you do determine to e-book a desk, be sure you strive the twice baked cheese soufflé. It’s superb.
The Black Labrador, Underbarrow
The Black Labrador is positioned within the village of Underbarrow, a couple of minutes up the street from the Punchbowl. As the title suggests, your canine companions shall be given a heat welcome on the Black Labrador.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday (on the time of writing), this 16th century pub offers a heat Lakeland welcome, not least because of the roaring log burner within the bar. It additionally presents scrumptious meals and a effective number of beers and wine.
The Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge
Nestled deep within the Winster Valley to the east of Lake Windermere is the Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge. And if you happen to’re searching for improbable meals with out the fuss, that is the proper place to be.
You’ll discover basic pub dishes right here, reminiscent of beer battered fish and chip or steak and ale pie, in addition to each day specials, lighter meals and vegetarian dishes. For one thing really particular, be sure you e-book a desk for Sunday lunch, notably if you happen to’re keen on a Yorkshire Pudding.
The Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank
If you’re taking a brief (however steep) stroll up the hill from the Hare and Hounds, you’ll come to the Masons Arms, a 16th century inn boasting spectacular views throughout the Winster Valley. The Masons Arms has been described as a “true Lake District gem”. Here you’ll discover a cosy bar, uncovered beams and roaring log fires, to not point out beautiful meals, a effective number of ales and a heat Lake District welcome.
Dining here’s a should. People come from miles round to strive a number of the gastronomic delights on provide. Enjoy something out of your pub classics to internationally impressed dishes, cold and hot sandwiches to vegetarian choices. And if you happen to’re a pudding lover, be sure you strive the domestically made gourmand ice cream.
The Brown Horse Inn, Winster
Nestled within the lovely Winster Valley, the Brown Horse Inn is cosy and welcoming in all seasons, however particularly at the moment of yr. The lovely décor of this 1850’s former teaching inn provides it a heat, conventional really feel. And because the nights attract, take pleasure in consolation dishes made with a contact of class, together with slow-cooked meats, Stornoway black pudding or Thai inexperienced curry.
The house owners attempt to hold the menu as native and as near nature as doable. And you’ll undoubtedly obtain a heat welcome.
Tower Bank Arms, Near Sawrey
When the ferry is operating, why not head to the west aspect of Lake Windermere and Beatrix Potter nation. Or extra exactly, why not pop to Tower Bank Arms, only a few yards up the street from the writer’s former Hill Top residence.
Nowadays, it’s a standard nation pub with a roaring log hearth and flagstone flooring. It has three common ales on faucet, whereas an additional two visitor ales are often sourced from native breweries.
The meals is taken into account to be a number of the greatest meals within the space, so it’s fairly in style. It’s additionally earned a repute for catering extraordinarily nicely for these with meals allergy symptoms and intolerances. So if you happen to’re planning on having fun with a meal there, be sure you e-book prematurely.
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The Queens Head, Troutbeck
The Queen’s Head at Troutbeck is a seventeenth century teaching inn that lies on the foot of the Kirkstone Pass, nestled on the aspect of the fells which overlook the Troutbeck Valley. The inn has lately undergone an in depth restoration and the consequence oozes class with ornate wooden carvings, giant stone fireplaces and uncovered beams.
The Queens Head has turn into famend for serving up some nice dishes, with a variety of tasty choices, together with a full cooked breakfast out there for friends and non-guests. The good strategy to begin your day. The important menu adjustments with the seasons and is served from midday till 9pm every day.
Hole in t’Wall, Bowness-on-Windermere
We’ll spherical up favorite pubs not removed from the place we began – on the Hole in t’Wall in Bowness, simply over a mile from the Crafty Baa. As nicely as being the oldest pub in Bowness, it was additionally named the cosiest pub in Britain in a survey carried out earlier this yr.
Whether you’re searching for a pint of award-winning Robinsons’ ale, a craft gin or a healthful meal, a heat welcome awaits you at Hole in t’Wall.
There are so many superb pubs in and round Windermere, so narrowing it down to simply ten was a problem. But if you happen to’re within the space, these are ten cosy pubs you actually ought to go to.
Rachael Thomas is Managing Director of Matson Ground Estate Company Limited, which has a lot of Lake District vacation cottages, together with Birkdale House. Birkdale House is a luxurious Victorian residence on the coronary heart of a privately owned property within the English Lake District.
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