Old Dungeon Ghyll
Honest place in lovely position with real ales, traditional food and fine surrounding walks; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
At the head of the Langdale Valley, this friendly, straightforward inn has long been the haunt of Lake District sightseers and a centre for climbers. You can walk from the door to such summits as Scafell, Bow Fell and, of course, the Langdale Pikes, flanking Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall, so it's no surprise that boots or muddy trousers are no bar to entering the Climbers Bar. Here, you can sit on seats in old cattle stalls by the big, warming fire and enjoy the fine choice of six real ales on handpump: Cumbrian Legendary Loweswater Gold, Hawkshead Pale, Jennings Cumberland, Theakstons Old Peculier and guests. Farm cider, good wines and several malt whiskies. It's a good place to stay, with 12 warm, attractive bedrooms, a plush residents' lounge and highly rated breakfasts. It may get lively on a Saturday night (there's a popular National Trust campsite opposite).
The good pub guide food review
Generous helpings of tasty food make use of meat from Wall End Farm up the road and might include fish and chips, sausage and mash, chilli con carne, goat curry, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding. Packed lunches available.