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umbria is probably England's most picturesque county. The majority of the county is made up of the Lake District, a region of high peaks and picturesque lakes carved out by glaciers some 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Wordsworth and his companions popularised a taste for nature's wilder manifestations, and soon the Lake District became a popular destination for artists and writers looking for inspiration among the crags, mountain passes, waterfalls, and lakes. Today, the popularity of Lake Windermere, Kendal, and Grasmere, as well as Beatrix Potter's house near Sawrey can be found among some of England's highest peaks.Click Here For a List of Links to Inns with Websites

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Bay Horse Inn

Canal Foot, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 9EL Tel: 01229 583972
Back to top MAP Accommodation Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Lovely Views Next to Cartmel Sands Close to the Birthplace of Stan Laurel
17th Century coaching inn which used to service the stagecoaches that crossed Morecambe Bay sands. Located close to the stretch of canal which is just 2 miles long, connecting Ulverston to the sea and where a warm welcome is assured along with great food and cask ales.

Black Bull Hotel

Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8DU  Tel: 015394 41668
Back to top MAP Home Brewed Ales Camra Listed Coniston Old Man Lake District National Park Coniston Water and Yewdale Beck Nominated by Roger Henfrey
Black Bull HotelThe Black Bull Hotel in the centre of Coniston is home to the micro-brewery of the Coniston Brewing Company. Built in the 16th century, the foot of Coniston Old Man intrudes into the wall of the guest's dining room. Fine ales, such as the award-winning Bluebird Bitter, Coniston Old Man and Opium bitter are brewed on the premises. The Black Bull hotel boasts a large restaurant facility serving excellent food.

Bridge Inn

Santon Bridge, Cumbria, CA19 1UX  Tel: 019467 26221
Back to top MAP Accommodation Lake District National Park Banks of the River Irt Nominated by Roger Henfrey
Bridge InnThe Bridge Inn is situated in a tranquil setting on the bank of the River Irt at Santon Bridge. Accommodation is available, along with fine fare. An imaginative menu is available, including 'Curry Night', every Thursday. Jennings beers are always available along with guest ales.

Britannia Inn

Elterwater, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HP Tel: 015394 37210
Back to top MAP Britannia Inn Home Page Email the Britannia 9 Rooms Camra Listed Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Excellent Views Lake District National Park Adjacent to Elter Water
Popular traditional inn overlooking the village green, in the unspoilt village of Elterwater. Good quality cask ales are served along with an excellent food menu.

Drunken Duck Inn

Barn Gates, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NG Tel: 015394 36347
Back to top MAP Drunken Duck Home Page Email the Drunken Duck Accommodation Great Food Well Kept Ales Home Brewed A|es Camra Listed Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Excellent Views Lake District National Park Close to Lake Windermere Highly Recommended
Award winning 16th Century inn set in 60 acres of grounds and rightly so. The Drunken Duck brews it's own ales and has an interesting story about the origin of the inn's name. Along with their own excellent ales, they serve great quality food and are located surrounded by stunning scenery.

Gate Inn

Yanwath, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2LS  Tel: 01768 862386
Back to top MAP Lake District National Park M6 J40 Close to Ullswater
133.jpg (20401 bytes)Not easy to find but well worth doing so.

Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9AS Tel: 015394 322576
Back to top MAP Excellent Ales Camra Listed Real Fire Lake District National Park Close to Stockghyll Force Waterfall
The Golden Rule is a popular place for locals and visitors who flock to enjoy good the old English atmosphere of a basic 'boozer' where conversation is the order of the day. If you just want a 'cob and a pint', then the Golden Rule is to visit the 'Golden Rule' !

Hare & Hounds

Talkin, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1LE  Tel: 016977 3456
Back to top MAP Accommodation Camra Listed Real Fire Close to Talkin Tarn
A warm welcome is guaranteed at the Hare and Hounds further enhanced by a cosy atmosphere in the most rustic of surroundings and good quality cask ales.

Horse & Farrier

Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5BT Tel: 017687 79688
Back to top MAP Accommodation Lovely Views Lake District National Park Close to Derwent Water Castlerigg Stone Circle
17th century inn serving award winning food along with good ales and a warm welcome. Located below the dramatic ridges of Blencathra with Skiddaw close by. The Horse & Farrier is easily reached on the A66 from the M6 motorway.

Kirkstone Pass Inn

Kirkstone Pass, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LQ  Tel: 015394 33624
Back to top MAP Real fires You can't get much more scenic ! Lake District National Park Nominated by Ian Anderson
Kirkstone Pass InnExtremely well known inn situated at 1500 feet on the A592 between Ullswater and Windermere. The views are spectacular and the inn is believed to be the third highest in England.

Langstrath Country Inn

Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Cumbria, CA12 5XG Tel: 017687 77239
Back to top MAP 14 Rooms Real Fire Coast to Coast Path Lake District National Park Overlooking Stonethwaite Beck
Small local family run inn located in the Langstrath valley, in the quiet village of Stonethwaite. Originally a miners cottage, built around 1590.

Masons Arms

Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NW Tel: 015395 68486
Back to top MAP Self Catering Accommodation Real Fire Home Brewed Ales Camra Listed Excellent Views Lake District National Park Close to Windermere Fell Foot Park (NT)
Typical Cumbrian stone cottage pub, with stone floors. A converted farmhouse which boasts a traditional English bar, a collection of more than 250 bottled beers - plus its own brews - and a magnificent array of food, much of it vegetarian.

Mortal Man

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1PL Tel: 015394 33193
Back to top MAP Mortal Man Home Page Email the Mortal Man 12 Rooms Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Excellent Views Lake District National Park
Excellent 300 year old inn for those wishing to explore the Lake District National Park. Superb Food and excellent cask ales.

New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JY Tel: 015394 37213
Back to top MAP New Hotel Home Page Email the New Hotel Accommodation Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Superb Fell Views Coast to Coast Path Lake District National Park Dungeon Ghyll Waterfall
Built on the site of a medieval settlement with breathtaking views The New Dungeon Ghyll has a good reputation for its food.

Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JY Tel: 015394 37272
Back to top MAP Old Hotel Home Page Accommodation Excellent Ales Camra Listed Real Fire Superb Fell Views Coast to Coast Path Lake District National Park Dungeon Ghyll Waterfall
Originally a farm and an Inn at the foot of the Langdale Pikes, the Old hotel, located a little further along the B5343 from the New Hotel, is renowned for the quality of it's ales although the food is good as well. Both are located amongst some of Britain's most magnificent scenery and close to Dungeon Ghyll Waterfall.

Punch Bowl Inn

Crosthwaite, Cumbria, LA8 8HR Tel: 01539 568237
Back to top MAP Punch Bowl Home Page Email the Punch Bowl 3 Rooms Great Food Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Wheelchair Access Lovely Views Lake District National Park Warm Welcome
17th Century village inn between Kendal and Windermere with many low beamed rooms and a balcony. Real ales and an excellent wine list compliment the excellent menu.

Queens Head Hotel

Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0HS Tel: 015394 36271
Back to top MAP Queens Head Home Page Accommodation Real Fire
Half timbered 16th Century hotel located in the delightful car free village of Hawkshead. Very popular with tourists for the cask ales and excellent quality food.

Queens Head Inn

Tirril, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2JF Tel: 01768 863219
Back to top MAP Queens Head Home Page Email the Queens Head 7 Rooms Great Food Home Brewed Ales Excellent Ales Camra Listed Real Fire M6 J40
136.jpg (18944 bytes)Old English inn formally owned by William Wordsworth' s older Brother and dating from 1719 serving an excellent range of home brewed real ales and good food.

Royal Oak Inn

Bongate, Appleby-In-Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6UN  Tel: 017683 51463
Back to top MAP Royal Oak Home Page Email the Royal Oak 9 Rooms Real Fire Camra Listed
Traditional wooden panelled rooms with excellent food and a wide range of ale.

Screes Hotel

Nether Wasdale, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1ET Tel: 019467 26262
Back to top MAP 5 Rooms Real Fire Excellent Ales Camra Listed Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Excellent Views Lake District National Park Close to Wastwater
17th Century inn situated in a quiet valley amid majestic mountain scenery. A former Temperance House after the local vicar in the 1800s revoked its license due to drunkenness. Renowned by walkers and climbers for the excellent ales and good food.

Snooty Fox

Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AH Tel: 015242 71308
Back to top MAP Snooty Fox Home Page Accommodation Great Food CAMRA Listed Real Fires Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Herb Garden and Cobbled Courtyard Listed Building M6 J36 Close to the River Lune Warm Welcome Thurland Castle
Very Popular Jacobean town centre coaching inn with two bars and unusual memorabilia. Located close to the Lancashire border the Snooty Fox serves great food, lunchtimes and evenings and is renowned for its atmosphere and friendly service.

The Swan

Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RF  Tel: 015394 35551
Back to top MAP Accommodation Glorious Location Lake District National Park
The SwanDelightful inn dating back to 1650 with a wonderful history. Frequented by Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth, the Swan is still home to Wordsworth's 18th century chair.

Three Shires Inn

Little Langdale, Cumbria, LA22 9NZ  Tel: 015394 37215
Back to top MAP Three Shires Home Page 10 Rooms Real Fires Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Views of Lingmoor Fell Lake District National Park Close to Little Langdale Tarn Nominated by Roger Henfrey
Three Shires InnThe Three Shires Inn in the small village of Little Langdale lies in the shadow of Lingmoor Fell. The inn was built in 1872, near the meeting point of the old county shires of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. Accommodation is available on a B&B, or Half-board basis. Excellent food is served in the restaurant along with fine ales. Jennings ales are always available.

Tower Bank Arms

Near Sawrey, Cumbria, LA22 0LF  Tel: 015394 36334
Back to top MAP 3 Rooms Real Fires Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Picturesque Village Lake District National Park Close to Esthwaite Water and Windermere Nominated by Roger Henfrey
Tower Bank ArmsThe Tower Bank Arms is juxtaposed next to Beatrix Potter's family home, Hill Top (National Trust) in the picturesque village of Near Sawrey on the B5285 road from the Windermere ferry. A traditionally inspired menu is on offer, along with fine ales. Accommodation is also available.

Travellers Rest Inn

Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9RR Tel: 015394 35604
Back to top MAP Accommodation Great Food CAMRA Listed Real Fires Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Picturesque Village Coast to Coast Path Lake District National Park Grasmere Dove Cottage (NT) William Wordsworth
16th Century former coaching inn with oak beams, inglenooks, excellent real ales, fine wines and great home cooking. Located in the shadow of Helvellyn in the wonderful village of Grasmere

Wasdale Head Inn

Wasdale Head, Cumbria, CA20 1EX  Tel: 01282 26229
Back to top MAP Grrrreat Beer Camra Listed Superb view of Great Gable Lake District National Park Located at the Far End of Wastwater
What a magnificent find when you've just walked over the top of England's tallest mountain. Stunning views of Sca Fell and Great Gable and adjacent to England's deepest lake Wastwater. Great food and a superb pint or two of Theakstons' Old Peculiar.

Watermill Inn

Ings, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9PY  Tel: 01539 821309
Back to top MAP Accommodation Superb Ales Camra Listed Real Fire Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Lake District National Park Wheelchair Access Lake Windermere Warm Welcome
Very popular ivy-covered stone inn just 3 miles from lake Windermere in the superb surroundings of the Lake District. A huge range of cask conditioned ales and a cellar that can be viewed through a cartwheel window. The landlord is very friendly, the pub cosy and the food is just as good as the beer.

Woolpack Inn

Near Boot, Eskdale Valley, Cumbria, CA19 1TH  Tel: 019467 23230
Back to top MAP Email the Woolpack 8 Rooms At the base of Scafell Lake District National Park Adjacent to the River Esk Nominated by Roger Henfrey
Woolpack InnThe Woolpack Inn offers budget price and standard price accommodation in heart of the beautiful Eskdale valley. An excellent menu, with clear Mediterranean influence, is on offer, along with top quality ales from the Coniston Brewing Company and guest ales such as Timothy Taylor's Landlord.