Stylish little bar, several restaurant areas, own-brewed beers and bar meals as well as innovative restaurant choices; stunning views and lovely bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This smart little inn with its own well established brewery (Barngates) sits prettily at a crossroads in scenic open country. Civilised, but friendly and relaxed, it's popular with our readers ' and walkers ' and can be busy, particularly at lunchtimes. The star attractions are the six Barngates ales on handpump including Brathay Gold, Cat Nap, Chesters, Cracker Ale and Red Bull Terrier; there are also two of their craft lagers, a stout and a weiss beer. They also offer 16 wines by the glass (including pudding wines) from a fine list, 25 malt whiskies and 17 gins (they add their own botanicals to some of these). There are bar stools by the slate-topped counter, leather club chairs, beams and oak floorboards, and old Lake District photographs on the walls. The three restaurant areas are elegant and the new lounge area is a huge success offering morning coffee, afternoon tea, cocktails and so forth. The 13 individually designed bedrooms are first class. Sit at the wooden tables and benches on grass opposite the building for stunning views across the fells, and if you come in spring or summer the flowering bulbs are lovely. Please note: dogs are allowed in the bar only.
The good pub guide food review
Food is first class with a daily changing menu with plenty of thoughtful plant-based options. Dishes might include rabbit dumplings in rabbit broth with kimchi, glazed beets with cashew labneh and watercress emulsion, venison loin with venison suet pudding, charred cauliflower and wild garlic, confit of abalone mushroom on wild garlic risotto with pine nuts, and puddings such as figgy toffee pudding and dark chocolate and orange mousse with blood orange sorbet.