From dreamy coastal locations to hearty local fare, hospitality in the Lake District brings together charm, style, history and natural beauty. With each location offering something unique and different, here the Good Hotel Guide shares their top gastro pubs with rooms in the Lake District…
Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
In a pretty village between Lake Windermere and Hawkshead, the Cuckoo Brow Inn is very much true to its 18th century roots. Fuss-free and full of warmth, it’s buzzy atmosphere is positively restorative. Walkers and their four legged friends delight in the wood burning stove, besides which a pint and good conversation go down a treat having roamed the Beatrix Potter scenery. Meanwhile, simple bedrooms in an annexe to the main building offer a restful night’s sleep.
The Pheasant, Cockermouth
This 17th century coaching inn sits in the shadows of Skiddaw, close to the Bassenthwaite Lake. A dog friendly pub with rooms, The Pheasant prides itself on thoughtful details to welcome guests – fresh flowers in your room, and carefully styled accommodation with traditional furnishings in both the main house and garden lodge. Rooms are spacious and, in the restaurant, the menu is short but excellent – little wonder guests return time and again.
The Punch Bowl Inn, Kendal
Best known for its food, The Punch Bowl Inn, in the south of the Lake District, has an award-winning chef, but prides itself on traditional, simple values when it comes to food. That is to say local, seasonal produce. Very much at the heart of the pretty village of Kendal, each of its bedrooms are named after a past vicar of neighbouring St Mary’s parish church and several enjoy views of the Lyth valley. Original features add to the character of the charming inn, but there’s no shortage of luxuries either.
The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale
A five star inn, The Sun Inn dates back to the 17th century and has two AA Rosettes for its dining experiences. Breakfast, in particular, has a reputation for excellence, while its 11 rooms offer contemporary style in contrast to the historic exterior. In the heart of the village of Kirkby Lonsdale, you’re surrounded by the buzz of the market town, but equally, a short walk through the churchyard will lead you to river and woodlands.
The Bay Horse, Ulverston
In an idyllic location on the water’s edge of the Levens estuary, The Bay Horse is a destination for those with an appreciation for the great outdoors. Whether you spend your time strolling along the sands, bird watching, cycling and walking with the dog, or prefer to sit with one of the readily supplied board games watching the tide roll in, the sweeping landscape is very much part of the experience. Inside, rooms have a coastal style, and at dinner, which is served by candlelight, seafood is a particular treat.
The Plough, Lupton
Given a modern rustic look by its owners, The Plough is an 18th-century hostelry where wide wooden tables and mismatched chairs set the scene for hearty British fare with a stylish twist. Food is what this place is generally known for, but those staying the night are in for a treat when they discover the 12 beautifully styled, light and airy rooms and suites, each with their own unique features – a roll top bath here, exposed beams there, and a number of which are dog friendly.
Hare and Hounds, Kendal
A 16th century village pub that has been lovingly updated, the Hare and Hounds in the Lyth valley serves hand-drawn cask ales as well as craft beers, cocktails and locally produced spirits. Homely and down to earth, dogs and wellington boots are all welcome, while guests staying in one of the five the stylish rooms are greeted with thoughtful touches such as home-made brownies, freshly ground coffee, fresh milk and Cumbrian-made toiletries.