Lakeside inn with plenty of room both inside and out, six ales on handpump and enjoyable all day-food; good bedrooms
The good pub guide review
So close to Windermere that it has its own jetty and moorings, the Wateredge offers the kind of genuine hospitality in its bar, restaurant and bedrooms that turns customers into regulars. It's at the northern tip of the lake, with picnic sets dotting a large area of gravel and lawn, though in season you'll need to arrive early to bag one at the water's edge. Indoors is lovely too: the bustling, modernised bar has big picture windows, funky lampshades, tartan and leather tub chairs around wooden tables on flagstones and several different areas leading off with exposed-stone or wood-panelled walls and interesting old photographs and paintings. One cosy and much favoured room has beams and timbering, sofas, armchairs and an open fire. Real ales on handpump include Wainwrights and Cumberland plus four guests from the likes of Tirril, and they offer prosecco cocktails and winter mulled wine. Background music and board games. As you would expect, some of the rooms offer views of Windermere, and all have a fresh, appealing, country style. Solo travellers note: there's a range of single rooms. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
All-day pubby food is of high quality and runs from casual (burgers, nachos, fish or scampi and chips) to more special-occasion dishes such as minted lamb rump with chargrilled aubergines and swordfish steak on chive mash and lemon and basil sauce. Puddings include warm chocolate fudge cake, sticky toffee pudding and raspberry eton mess.