Bustling, cleverly converted pub with fantastic range of real ales from own microbrewery; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The family-run Windermere brewery, based at the Watermill, was a prime mover in the Lake District's brewing renaissance, and the kit they imported from Florida continues to produce some fine ales. There are ten of them on handpump in this former woodmill and joiner's shop, including A Bit'er Ruff, Bad Dog, Black Beard, Collie Wobbles, Dogth Vader, Golden Retriever, Isle of Dogs, Windermere Blonde and Shih Tzu Faced; also, decent selections of gins and malt whiskies. The two cleverly converted bars have woodburning stoves, and the Riverside Bar (where dogs are allowed) backs on to the River Gowan and has low-beamed ceilings, flagstones, a darts area and views into the brewery. The Smithy Bar has leather-backed seats, carpentry memorabilia and a sunny conservatory with views of the surrounding hills. The two outside seating areas, appreciated by cyclists and walkers, take in the views and the sound of the river. Bedrooms are dog-friendly and two have balconies; breakfasts are hearty. Disabled access (pub only).
The good pub guide food review
Good, honest pub food includes hot and cold lunchtime sandwiches, breaded camembert, fishcakes, cheesy garlic bread, full Cumbrian breakfast (lunch only), cumberland sausage with mash and red onion gravy, game casserole, fish pie, chargrilled steaks, burgers (including a falafel version), and puddings such as apple crumble and raspberry crème brûlée.