After a protracted day climbing, crusing or usually exploring the Lake District, what higher approach to unwind than with some scrumptious foods and drinks within the snug environment of a comfortable Lake District pub?
For these of us who dwell and work within the Lake District, we’re really spoilt on the subject of selecting a pub to go to. So we thought we’d deal with Windermere and the encompassing space to offer a bit inspiration. Listed here are ten of our favorite cosy pubs, someplace to whereas away a lunchtime and afternoon, or spend a night, having fun with the positive firm of household and pals.
The Artful Baa
Located within the coronary heart of Windermere, the Artful Baa is a household run pub and former AA Pub of the Yr. Should 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 world wide accessible, on prime of the actual ales, stouts, porters, IPAs and lagers. Meals is served all day (from 11am to 10.30pm) and it’s positively value making an attempt. Whether or not it’s nibbles, platters or sizzling sandwiches, there’s one thing to fulfill most appetites.
The Artful Baa is youngster and canine pleasant.
The Watermill at Ings
Simply a few miles out of Windermere in 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 wonderful countryside.
The pub has gained an enviable status for brewing its personal beers, twelve in whole, and plenty of of them have some kind of canine reference within the title, corresponding to 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, fairly than restaurant eating. The primary menu options seasonal dishes, in addition to chef’s specials. That is hearty eating and at the moment of 12 months, we completely advocate the meat and collie wobbles ale pie.
The Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwaite
On the outskirts of the village of Crosthwaite, about twenty minutes by automobile from Windermere, is the Punchbowl Inn, an enthralling and rustic seventeenth century pub within the coronary heart of the Lyth Valley.
The Punchbowl has turn out to be synonymous with incredible meals, incomes two well-deserved AA rosettes alongside the way in which. It presents an intensive menu, accessible 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 select from a standard bar or formal and casual eating places.
The bar serves a collection of regionally brewed ale, in addition to an intensive vary of malt whiskies and gins, together with native damson gin. There’s additionally a wonderful wine record.
Should you do resolve to guide a desk, be sure to strive the twice baked cheese soufflé. It’s wonderful.
The Black Labrador, Underbarrow
The Black Labrador is positioned within the village of Underbarrow, a couple of minutes up the highway from the Punchbowl. Because the title suggests, your canine companions will likely be given a heat welcome on the Black Labrador.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday (on the time of writing), this 16th century pub gives a heat Lakeland welcome, not least as a result of roaring log burner within the bar. It additionally presents scrumptious meals and a positive collection 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 for those who’re searching for incredible meals with out the fuss, that is the right place to be.
You’ll discover traditional pub dishes right here, corresponding to 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 to guide a desk for Sunday lunch, significantly for those who’re a fan of a Yorkshire Pudding.
The Masons Arms, Strawberry Financial institution
Should you take 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”. Right here you’ll discover a cosy bar, uncovered beams and roaring log fires, to not point out beautiful meals, a positive collection of ales and a heat Lake District welcome.
Eating here’s a should. Individuals come from miles round to strive among the gastronomic delights on supply. Take pleasure in something out of your pub classics to internationally impressed dishes, cold and warm sandwiches to vegetarian choices. And for those who’re a pudding lover, be sure to strive the regionally made connoisseur ice cream.
The Brown Horse Inn, Winster
Nestled within the stunning Winster Valley, the Brown Horse Inn is cosy and welcoming in all seasons, however particularly at the moment of 12 months. The attractive décor of this 1850’s former teaching inn offers it a heat, conventional really feel. And because the nights attract, get pleasure from consolation dishes made with a contact of magnificence, together with slow-cooked meats, Stornoway black pudding or Thai inexperienced curry.
The homeowners attempt to preserve the menu as native and as near nature as doable. And you’ll positively obtain a heat welcome.
Tower Financial institution Arms, Close to Sawrey
When the ferry is working, why not head to the west aspect of Lake Windermere and Beatrix Potter nation. Or extra exactly, why not pop to Tower Financial institution Arms, just some yards up the highway from the creator’s former Hill Prime dwelling.
These days, it’s a standard nation pub with a roaring log hearth and flagstone flooring. It has three common ales on faucet, whereas an extra two visitor ales are often sourced from native breweries.
The meals is taken into account to be among the finest meals within the space, so it’s fairly widespread. It’s additionally earned a status for catering extraordinarily effectively for these with meals allergic reactions and intolerances. So for those who’re planning on having fun with a meal there, be sure to guide upfront.
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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 Cross, nestled on the aspect of the fells which overlook the Troutbeck Valley. The inn has lately undergone an intensive restoration and the end result oozes class with ornate wooden carvings, massive stone fireplaces and uncovered beams.
The Queens Head has turn out to be famend for serving up some nice dishes, with a variety of tasty choices, together with a full cooked breakfast accessible for friends and non-guests. The proper approach to begin your day. The primary menu adjustments with the seasons and is served from midday till 9pm every day.
Gap in t’Wall, Bowness-on-Windermere
We’ll spherical up favorite pubs not removed from the place we began – on the Gap in t’Wall in Bowness, simply over a mile from the Artful Baa. In addition to being the oldest pub in Bowness, it was additionally named the cosiest pub in Britain in a survey performed earlier this 12 months.
Whether or not you’re searching for a pint of award-winning Robinsons’ ale, a craft gin or a healthful meal, a heat welcome awaits you at Gap in t’Wall.
There are such a lot of wonderful pubs in and round Windermere, so narrowing it down to only ten was a problem. However for those who’re within the space, these are ten cosy pubs you actually ought to go to.
Rachael Thomas is Managing Director of Matson Floor Property Firm Restricted, which has plenty of Lake District vacation cottages, together with Birkdale Home. Birkdale Home is a luxurious Victorian residence on the coronary heart of a privately owned property within the English Lake District.