Local Pub Guide
Westmorland Branch real ale pubs
- Ambleside Inn
Town centre hotel with a large bar and dining area, recently re-furbished and renamed by the Inn Collection Group. Popular with dogs and their owners - especialy walkers - for its location in the centre of the Lake District. Buses run to several villages and towns with tourist attractions and fine walking opportunities.
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- Ambleside Tavern
Popular town centre bar with regular live music of a weekend. The bar downstairs is open as a disco from 9.30-1.30 Wed, Fri & sat.
- Ambleside YHA
Lovely youth hostel next to Lake Cruises landing stage with stunning views over Windermere to the distant hills. Bar open to non-residents. Reasonable bar prices and for food, coffee and homemade cake. Picnic tables beside the lake and swimming from the pier. Different from the tourist experience in the town. Telephone number: 0345 3719620
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- Bar eS
2 St Mary's Lane
Sister bar in Ambleside to the Keswick outlet, it offers a rustic Mexican themed interior, with relaxed seating for your evening meals and drinks. Partially covered beer 'garden' patio that also features heaters for colder nights.
A sharing-style Mexican inspired tapas food and a interesting craft beer selection including one local handpull, also a dedicated Brew Dog tap alongside ever-changing guest craft beers and a selection of craft beer bottles and cans.
Dogs are welcome in the bar area, upstairs dining room and beer garden, so you don’t have to leave your four legged friend at home.
- Beer Ambleside
8 Kelsick Road
Well-stocked (300+) bottled beer shop with real keg to drink at the spacious tables indoors or growler filling service for take away. Tarn Hows Brewery is the parent company so a full range of their beers always in stock. Great place to sample a selection of interesting ales and ciders in knowledgeable surroundings whilst visiting the Lake District. Prosecco is served by the glass also unusual soft drinks. Definitely more fun than Beatrix Potter for the over 18s!
- Churchill Hotel
33 Lake Road
Popular with the younger set, this bar has an event on most nights of the week, as well as showing the major sporting events on the numerous televisions. Montys bar underneath is open 7-12 and 12-12 at weekends.
- Flying Fleece
Opened in July 2020 as a 'British' pub with seasonal food using local ingredients. The four handpumps offer changing beers from Cumbrian breweries. Quirky indoor spaces feature original fulling mill machinery and an extensive outdoor terrace overlooks Stock Gill and the millrace with working wheel.
"The Flying Fleece pub is within a restored Grade II listed building dating from the 15th Century and is downstream to the famous Bridge House. The mill was refurbished in 1990 with an imaginative framework of green oak to provide a complex of split level floors for the Glasshouse Restaurant."
- Golden Rule
One of the oldest hostelries in Ambleside at the bottom of the infamous Struggle leading up to Kirkstone Pass with a good range of very well kept and served Robinson's ales. An exceptionally high-quality traditional pub with a cosy feel: real fire, bench seating, historical rock-climbing photos decorating the walls. An attractive snug is popular for families with children. All areas are regularly packed with jolly locals and students from the nearby university facility, mingling with visiting walkers and climbers. The Rule has featured in Good Beer Guides since 1977 as a local fixture.
- Lily Bar
12-14 Lake Road
Popular town centre bar, with three ever changing guest beers all from local Cumbrian breweries, often from Barngates and Cumbrian Legendary Ales. Large comfortable seating with solid wooden tables abound here, with a mixture of slate and wood floor. Live music is performed at weekends, with occasional open mic and comedy nights. Popular with local students. Accommodation is available at the separate Ambleside Central situated above the bar and with its own restaurant.
Note: this pub uses return trays (aka autovacs or beer economisers).
- Low Wood Hotel
The English Lakes Hotel Groups flag ship, very posh with prices to match, there are unrivalled views across windermere.
- Royal Oak
** Open from July 4th. Bookings: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/cumbria/royal-oak/ **
A vastly improved outlet since it became a Greene King Local Hero featuring local ales, its central position in the Ambleside honeypot encourages a busy trade of visitors and regulars - the outside covered seating is often full even in winter rain. The bar is efficiently run by friendly staff to avoid a bottleneck; other areas focus on dining and display old Lake District photos. Hungarian goulash speciality. Currently features Kirkby Lonsdale ales but may stock other local brews.
- Salutation Hotel
Comfortable village centre hotel, offering good value bar meals and a separate a la carte dining room.
- Unicorn Inn
Cosy pub on the original main North road to Keswick. Value for money meals and accommodation. Regular live music.
- Wateredge Inn
A popular Inn, whose large garden has stunning views down Windermere and its own jetty. Regular live music, dogs allowed in lower bar area, meals served all day except 4-5
- Waterhead Hotel
Posh lakeside hotel, the bay café bar has access to the garden with good views. Beware of the prices.
- White Lion Hotel
Busy town centre pub with large main bar and smaller adjoining dining areas, popular with locals and visitors. Large outside seating area overlooking the bustling town centre and main road. Small rear car park for residents only. Live Sports TV of most major events, also juke box and weekly quizzes. It is very handy for buses from Kelsick Road. Open for breakfast and serving food all day. Monday and Thursday Cask Club all ales £2.99 pint.
- Ambleside Inn ku.oc.nniediselbmaeht@ofni(015394) 93333 Market Place Ambleside LA22 9BU
- Crown & Cushion
Refurbished pub that retains much character and original features. One main bar, especially popular with the younger set.
- Golden Ball
A traditional back-street local that inhabits its own time warp best described as a 'Marmite' experience, the pub has a strong local following and a sociable house lurcher. Up to five well-kept changing beers complement the tied pump. An evocative rock juke box prompts spontaneous dancing. Classic old films shown on Thursdays; also newspapers, books and games. Occasional themed party nights. The partially covered rear patio has an idiosyncratic atmosphere. The pub is closed during Appleby Fair week in June.
- Hare & Hounds
Low ceilinged narrow bar, with side entrance. Traditional and cosy, with discrete rear bar area. Wonderfully unspoilt with curios and an ornate bar.
- Midland Hotel
25 Clifford Street
Opposite Appleby railway station in the Eden Valley between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, the Midland has three handpumps showcasing mainly local ales with interesting additions from further afield including Worcestershire; cider and perry usually available. Acclaimed three-day beer festival in September. Two rooms with a light modern decor and wooden floors. The upstairs accommodation is popular all year round especially with steam train fans. The publicans are cask beer enthusiasts who have won several CAMRA awards.
The pub is a family-owned free house providing well-kept ales and quality accommodation.
- Royal Oak Inn
Stylish former coaching inn on road east out of town. Splendid tap room resplendent with oak panelling and a separate lounge bar that also serves as a dining room. The new management has added Tirril beers to their range. Prices reflect standards.
Plenty of tables with a sunny aspect in front of the pub. Large covered area with own TV screen for outdoor sports!
- Tufton Arms Hotel
Elegantly furnished, very traditional but cosy bar in town hotel, located on the market square. Genteel and friendly atmosphere.
- Crown & Cushion firstname.lastname@example.org(017683) 51595 2 Boroughgate Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6XB
- Albion Hotel
Two bar pub with a Public bar to the right and a Lounge to the left. Families welcome if dining. Usually has Thwaites seasonal beers
- Olde Fighting Cocks
Large L shaped bar room divided between no-smoking dining/bar (no dogs) and games/bar areas.
- Albion Hotel (01524) 761226 Promenade Arnside LA5 0HA
- Punch Bowl
An open fire in the bar area lends itself to a cosy ambience. There is a separate 'snug' room and adjacent games area with pool table. Selling up to 3 guest real ales usually lighter/golden ales in addition to the regular Hawkshead Bitter. Booking for meals is advisable.
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- Queen's Head
Re-opened in April 2019 after a major refurbishment by the new owners, The Queen’s Head is a picture-book estate village pub with history dating back to 1672 close to Askham Hall. It is the sister pub to the George & Dragon at Clifton and offers hearty, healthy food made with produce from the Lowther family estate. Posh breakfast 10-12 noon. Tables in front and a garden behind. Six large bedrooms are decorated in country-house style.
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- Punch Bowl (01931) 712443 Askham CA10 2PF
- Bampton Grange
- Crown & Mitre Hotel
Traditional country hotel with recently refurbished main bar.
Information on current status required.
- Crown & Mitre Hotel (01931) 713225 Bampton Grange CA10 2QR
- Barbon Inn
A cosy two room village local. Good food served in the bar or separate dining room.
- Barbon Inn (015242) 76233 Barbon LA6 2LJ
- Wheatsheaf Hotel
Set in the heart of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the inn stands in the centre of the quaint village of Beetham beside the lovely listed church and en route to the famous Fairy Steps. The welcoming bar offers three hand pumps serving local beers on rotation, alongside a good selection of craft beer, cider, and lager. Food is served all day, everyday from 11am until late. A tempting Sunday Special Roasts menu includes a tasty vegan roast. Lunch is part of the Special Sunday night accommodation package. The pub welcomes dogs, muddy boots and - families. Excellent horse riding opportunities around Silverdale.
- Wheatsheaf Hotel moc.mahteebfaehstaehw@yats(015395) 64652 Stanley Street Beetham LA7 7AL
- New Crown Inn
Thriving village inn, opposite the church, formerly the New Crown. Much modernised with three distinct cosy bar areas.
- New Crown Inn (017683) 61428 Bolton CA16 6AU
- Bowland Bridge
- Hare & Hounds Inn
A very Welcoming 17th century coaching inn nestled within the tiny hamlet of Bowland Bridge in the beautiful Winster valley. It lies between the shores of Windermere and Kendal. The bar is an eclectic mix of old and new, with log fires and black slate floors. As well as having consistently good beers, it is also popular for the quality of bar meals and is very much part of the local community. A summer beer festival is held in the grounds.
- Hare & Hounds Inn (015395) 68785 Bowland Bridge LA11 6NN
Town centre pub well situated for both the lake and shops,
- Angel Inn
Situated just off the town centre but still close to the shops, this is a lucky find for tired tourists. Although a hotel, the bar is a welcome rest from the bustle of Bowness and it's a great place for a tasty bite. The various rooms have different feels and the entrance area has a large fire and comfy seating with lovely views. The outdoor terraces overlook the rooftops to Lake Windermere and beyond to the distant hills.
- Boat House Bar (015394) 44422 Fallbarrow Park Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DL
Windermere Quays, Glebe Road
A new bar and lounge catering largely for the boating community who utilise Lake Windermere. There are stunning views of the lake from the viewing lounge and outdoor seating areas. The premises offer coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks with a focus on quality craft ale in a relaxed atmosphere which is family friendly. Craft keg from Northern Monkey on a brewery takeover basis. Regulated occasional late night entertainment.
- Albert (015394) 43241 Queens Square Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BY
Windermere Marina Village
Overlooking the enclosed Windermere Marina and adjacent to the Hawkshead ferry, this modern bar complex is a calm haven in the tourist maelstrom. Enjoy excellent beers and a tasty plate on the sheltered suntrap terrace with great views of the yachts, the lake and the hills beyond that are reminiscent of the Italian Lakes or the South of France. A wall of windows provides protection from the elements if the weather is more 'Lake District'. The generous upper floor function room can be booked for meetings and private parties. Live music and themed dinners. Wonderfully appointed disabled facility and access all areas by wheelchair. Special taxi rate on request. Easy walk from Bowness Pier.
- Boathouse ku.oc.eremredniw-esuohtaobeht@tae(015394) 22785 Windermere Marina Village Bowness-On-Windermere LA23 3JQ
- Bodega Bar
Village centre bar specialising in foreign bottled beers, open from 10 on Saturday & Sunday for non alcoholic drinks.
- Flying Pig
Popular with visitors to the Lake District as traditionally English in style, the pub has a good selection of beers but the main interest here is food.
'For decades British food has been the culinary joke of many nations. It’s been labelled as bland and unappetising and you might have even heard the phrase, “The day you get a good British meal is the day pigs will fly”. However, those days are long gone. Traditional British food is not only a joy to eat but it will have you coming back for more. That is our aim…welcome to the Flying Pig!' (copied from website)
- New Hall Inn
Originally a coaching inn, both the main bar and lower room cater for both locals and visitors. Regular live music especially on the patio in summer.
- Old John Peel Inn
Just off the village centre, a large bar with raised seating area to the rear, popular with tourists during the season.
- Royal Oak
This traditional town pub is just a street or two back from Bowness Pier with the hustle and bustle of Windermere tourism. The outdoor terraced seating is a welcome escape and the car park is a bonus. It has a popular separate games room with pool, darts and sports TV. Several local sporting clubs use the pub as a base. Well-kept local micros feature on the bar with a couple of regional ales.
- Ship Inn
Large lakeside pub with extensive dining area very popular with families, large TV in separate downstairs bar, night-club on top floor.
- Stags Head
Hotel with an upstairs lounge bar and tap bar with TV etc. Separate disco bar downstairs.
- Village Inn
Town centre pub originally the manse to the parish church opposite. Very popular with Summer visitors and locals all year round. Separate non smoking restaurant.
- Westmorland Inn
Popular inn on the Windermere road, very handy for the Royalty cinema
- Windermere Hydro
Lounge bar in large hotel with magnificent views of the lake and surrounding fells.
- Bodega Bar (015394) 46825 Ash Street Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3EB
- Handsome Brewery Tap
Handsome Brewery started at Bowston Bridge June 2016 in redundant buildings which were originally the Blacksmith's shop for James Cropper's paper mills.
Their head brewer Marcin Serwatka has developed a range of beers from Pale Ale, Handsome Top Knot through to Dark Stout, Handsome Blacksmith (named after the former buildings use).
In the range of regular beers is an IPA, Handsome Hound, where donations go to Wainwrights animal rescue and a truly crafted lager, Handsome FKR (brewed by the Flowing Kent River).
- Handsome Brewery Tap Bowston Bridge Bowston LA8 9HD
- Wheatsheaf Inn
This village pub offers real ale, delicious food and superior accommodation, including a comfortable bunkhouse in the former Helsington church with stunning views over the estuary including the Arnside railway viaduct. Parts of the historic inn date back to 1762 and it has been an ale house since the early 1800s. Developed by the Individual Inns Group, the Wheatsheaf has been delightfully refurbished with a great deal of attention and care. It has a series of rooms and cosy corners, log fires and an inviting bar area serving an excellent selection of local ales. The pub is on popular cycling routes and walkers and dogs are welcome. Now owned by Robinsons.
**Robinsons Brewery has recently acquired Individual Inns so watch out for changes..... and please submit updates.
- Wheatsheaf Inn ku.oc.reetsgirbfaehstaehweht@ofni(015395) 68938 Brigsteer LA8 8AN
- Kings Arms
Open plan village pub with rooms off the main bar
- Kings Arms (01524) 781409 Main Street Burton-in-Kendal LA6 1LR
- Pheasant Inn
Comfortably furnished hotel bar, accommodation available for the disabled.
- Pheasant Inn (015242) 71230 Casterton LA6 2RX
- Chapel Stile
- Wainwrights Inn
Originally a farmhouse near the former gun powder works, this pub is now well known for it's location in one of the most popular Lakeland valleys and its quality of service and variety of real ales. The stone flagged bar area, where customers with dogs are welcome has the above regular beers plus the four guests which are usually from cumbrian or small northern breweries.
- Wainwrights Inn ku.oc.eladgnal@nnisthgirwniaw(015394) 38088 Chapel Stile LA22 9JH
- George & Dragon
An 18th century coaching inn with a reputation for well-kept local ales and excellent locally sourced food. There are three handpumps served from an L-shaped bar. The design is sympathetic to the Georgian period with stone-flagged floors, bare wooden tables and sofas in quiet alcoves. Hops are hung from the ceiling and there is a hearty log-burning fire. The pub has a welcoming feel to it and has ample parking and outside seating. The village is of historic interest as the last battle on English soil was fought in a field across the road from the pub and there are prehistoric burial sites close to the pub.
- George & Dragon ku.oc.notfilcnogarddnaegroeg@seiriuqne(01768) 865381 Clifton CA10 2ER
- Sportsman's Inn
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty this 17th century inn has fabulous views of Dentdale. The Grade II listed building has been in the same family for thirty years. Natural Gold from Pennine is the permanent beer of choice with two additional changing local ales. The pub sits on the Dalesway route and is close to Dent station on the Settle-Carlisle Line so making it an ideal base for touring the Yorkshire Dales. Famed for it's hospitality and 'the best ale in the dale'!
- Sportsman's Inn moc.nninamstropseht@ofni(015396) 25282 Cowgill LA10 5RG
- Sun Inn
Popular with locals and visitors, it has a deserved reputation for fine food and wine.
- Wild Boar
A famous popular family friendly coaching inn near Windermere, set in tranquil surroundings. There is a public bar serving real ales from its own brewery situated alongside the adjoining lounge, both have open fires. The hotel is named after the last wild boar killed in Westmorland by Sir Richard de Gilpin. The oak beamed grill and smokehouse restaurant has a regular seasonal changing menu, bar meals are also served in the lounge. There are interesting walks in the adjacent woodland.
- Sun Inn (01539) 821351 Crook LA8 8LA
- Crooklands Hotel
The central, brick floored bar serves several, mainly dining, areas. Function/dining room upstairs. Sunday lunch carvery.
- Crooklands Hotel (015395) 67432 Crooklands LA7 7NW
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- Butchers Arms
Community-owned pub in lovely village at the head of the quiet Lyvennet valley. Completely refurbished after being saved by locals. Now offers a variety of beer styles to quench the thirsts of local walkers and cyclists. Interesting menu; separate bar, games room, and dining areas. Very rural but worth seeking out. Regular pub events throughout the year including music, food-themed nights and quiz - see facebook. Check opening hours in winter as occasionally snow-bound.
- Butchers Arms ku.oc.ybsorcsrehctubeht@noj(01931) 715202 Crosby Ravensworth CA10 3JP
- Lyth Valley Hotel
Well appointed hotel with a dining area overlooking the valley below and an adjoining bar area with darts and pool table.
- Punch Bowl Inn
This outstanding dining pub is ranked in the top 50 gastropubs in the UK. It combines old charm with new luxury in a country-chic style. A traditional pub atmosphere, complete with log fires, blends with contemporary dining in a stunning rural location overlooking the Lyth Valley. The pub boasts a traditional bar, informal lounge/dining areas and a formal restaurant.There is an outside terrace with bar snacks, BBQs and hog roasts in fine weather- a perfect place for summer time eating and drinking. Lovely old village church next door with sheep grazing the cemetery.
- Lyth Valley Hotel moc.yellavhtyl@ofni(015395) 68295 Crosthwaite LA8 8DB
- Horse & Farrier
Welcoming old Cumbrian pub saved from closure and lovingly re-furbished by friendly young enthusiasts. In the bar a woodburner has been cleverly housed in the original black range. Good craic from friendly locals; wholesome food; interesting and varied styles of guest beers. Unusual range of keg products including local real lagers. Beer festivals held at end of May and end of July. For tempting regular events see Facebook.
Dacre is a lovely quiet village on the new Ullswater round-walk. The pagan stone bears are a unique attraction.
- Horse & Farrier moc.ercadreirrafdnaesroh@ofni(017684) 86022 Dacre CA11 0HL
- George & Dragon
Grade 2 listed building situated in the centre of Dent Village overlooking the famous Adam Sedgwick Memorial Fountain.The Dent brewery tap showcases all it's own beers with one or two other local ales. Set on the cobbled main street of this attractive village the pub has two bars with mahogany panelled walls. It has a separate games room and downstairs dining room. There is a local bus on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Sun Inn
A lovely local pub in the heart of Dent village this 300 year old inn sits on the cobbled street near to St Andrew's Church. It has wooden floors, traditional bench seating together with wooden stools and armchairs. In the winter, the coal fires are welcoming for weary walkers. There is a beautiful peaceful garden to the rear - perfect for the summer. Serving two ales from Kirkby Lonsdale and up to two Yorkshire beers.
- George & Dragon ku.oc.tnednogarddnaegroegeht@liam(015396) 25256 Main Street Dent LA10 5QL
- Royal Hotel
Remote hotel serving widespread local communities in Matterdale. Separate bar with flagstone floor and open fire, more formal lounge and dining room. Very sheltered, well-kept garden - a rarity in this area of the northern fells. Much improved and more varied beer range. Welcoming to locals and walkers from the higher level Ullswater roundway which passes by the door. Locally sourced food on a changing blackboard menu.
- Royal Hotel ku.oc.yarkcod-layor-eht@ofni(017684) 82356 Dockray CA11 0JY
- Stag Inn
Charming old pub facing the village green. Small bar with old black range, snug with woodburner, dining room to rear with views over beer garden to the North Pennines. One of the last Fellside pubs; the Pennine Way runs through the village. Good craic and banter with the locals. Constantly changing beers, often a dark or strong ale. All food locally sourced and good hearty portions. Camping, YHA and caravan site close by. Summer beer festival in August.
- Stag Inn (017683) 51608 Dufton CA16 6DB
- Eamont Bridge
- Ecclerigg (Windermere)
- Briery Wood Country House Hotel (015394) 33316 Ecclerigg (Windermere) LA23 1ES
- Langdale Chase Hotel
Splendid art nouveau masterpiece on the shore of Lake Windermere. Built as the holiday retreat for Daniel Thwaites - a local lad made good - and doubtless designed for entertaining on a grand scale. Visit for the views and to soak up the opulence but perhaps not as a flagship outlet for the brewery. The beer is not the business here! However a pint is no more expensive than any pub in town so it's a car park par excellence - allowing for frequent weddings and private functions.
Bar opening times reflect requirements of guests.
- Merewood Country House Hotel
Set in an elevated position and overlooking Windermere, England’s longest and most beautiful lake, Merewood Country House Hotel dates back to 1812. The hotel has retained much of its historical charm with many of the original features lovingly restored, including the panelled hall and reception. The bar fixture is suitably grand and there are also two lounges and two restaurants.
- Britannia Inn
**More beer scores please!** A famous watering hole in the heart of the Langdale valley this cosy pub is always popular with walkers which is fortunate as the five rooms get very busy so outdoor clothing helps ensure a seat! The narrow bar room dictates efficient hand-passed service. Great atmosphere; super local beers especially from the Langdale Brewery. Hearty Lakeland food; evening booking advisable. Large annual beer festival prompts a local stay to fully enjoy; residents have full use of Langdale Spa complex nearby.
- Britannia Inn ku.oc.nnitirb@ofni(015394) 37210 Elterwater LA22 9HP
- Club Inn (015395) 67424 Main Road, Endmoor Endmoor LA8 0EU
- Glenridding Hotel (Beckside Bar)
Basement beneath the hotel (which also has a bar) internet access, big screen, separate dining room and riverside garden. Shorter opening hours in winter: from 3pm Mon-Thurs.
- Inn on the Lake (Ramblers Bar)
The ramblers bar has plasma TV and Pool. The posh hotel bar has splendid views across Ulswater
- Travellers Rest
Pleasant, two roomed pub close to paths leading to Helvellyn. Opening hours reduced in Jan & Feb
- Glenridding Hotel (Beckside Bar) moc.letohgniddirnelgeht@yats(017684) 82228 Glenridding CA11 0PB
- 1769 Bar @ The Inn at Grasmere
Red Lion Square
In the centre of the tourist-packed village of Grasmere, the rustic hotel bar has a stone-flagged floor and separate dining in Ye Olde Stables rooms resplendant with life-size horse - not for nervous diners! The four handpumps are mostly local ales as are some of the keg taps. Pleasant outside seating in front of the hotel with parking - if you're lucky! Sunny seating outside the Little Inn opposite - but no bar!
- Good Sport
1 Stock Lane
The Grasmere brewery tap is a youthful addition to the tourist buzz and offers interesting house beers, scrumpy and fruit ciders including the delicious rhubarb. There's fun for all the family with live sport, tasty food - starting with hearty breakfasts - good coffee and cakes, light bites and evening meals. Special Sunday roasts. The extensive outdoor seating has river Rothay views and dogs are welcome. Live music on Saturday. Accommodation at the nearby brewery. Very competitive prices.
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- Harley's Bistro & Cafe Bar
A recent conversion of a Methodist church, Harley's is a daytime cafe and evening restaurant with bar. Food can be eaten on the premises or taken away with ice cream a speciality. The two handpumps sell selected Hawkshead beers.
- Swan Hotel
(0191) 580 3610
18th century roadside coaching inn, now a 38 room hotel. Non residents bar facilities, popular with walkers.
- Thorney How
Off Easedale Road
Former youth hostel at the foot of Helm Crag overlooking Grasmere village with bed and breakfast ensuite rooms and a spacious bunkhouse. The bar is open from 3.30pm and has a happy hour from 6-7pm with 15% discount on draught beers and real cider - perfect for a pint after an exhilarating fell walk. Home cooked meals 6.30-7.30pm and hot snacks until 9pm. Cats, ducks and rare breed sheep are kept so unfortunately no visiting dogs. Local ales and ciders at very competitve prices. Plentiful outdoor seating with great views. Bike hire.
- Travellers Rest
Busy roadside inn with a roaring fire next to the compact bar. Beers are from Jennings or Marston's many takeovers. Good food. Separate dining room. Close to the coast to coast walk and the start of the path to Helvellyn. Useful car park for walkers: pub charges £5 for the day - deductable from refreshments from the bar at the end of the day!
- Tweedies Bar & Lodge
Red Bank Road
Situated in the heart of Grasmere, an impressive pub that attracts worldwide real ale lovers - an audience which it is designed to please. It focuses on quality beer and ciders and always has an interesting and varied range - third pint bats enable sampling. The bar lists helpful beer and food pairing suggestions and gives maximum information on current beers. The famous Grasmere Guzzler festival is held on the first weekend in September. Visit and enjoy.
- Wordsworth Hotel (Dove & Olive Branch)
A quite, stone floored bar. No juke box, pool, machines, TV etc. conservatory dining area (families OK)
- 1769 Bar @ The Inn at Grasmere (015394) 35456 Red Lion Square Grasmere LA22 9SS
- Great Asby
- Three Greyhounds
A former hunting lodge in Ormside valley five miles south west of Appleby built in 1707 and overlooked by St Peter's church on the charming Asby beck and village green. An unspoilt pub with beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and iron range fireplace. Two rotating ales (mostly local) and homemade food in the evening including stone-baked pizzas. Popular stop on the Pennine Route 68 cycleway with Rutter Force waterfall within two miles. Closed Monday and Tuesday in winter. Very welcoming.
- Three Greyhounds ku.oc.sdnuohyergeerht@ofni(017683) 51428 Great Asby CA16 6EX
- Great Langdale
- New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Small bar in a popular hotel in one of the most popular valleys in the southern lakes.
- Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Iconic hotel at the foot of the Langdale Pikes owned by the National Trust. Comfortable lounge and accommodation are provided, but the Old Stable Bar is a beacon for those in need of a pint after a day in the fells. Basic - an old black range for warmth and bench seating. A good choice of ales and hearty meals are served. The sun-trap terrace is ideal for summer evenings. Popular National Trust campsite nearby.
Forged by fire and ice, the Langdales are dramatic to say the least. Home to the majestic Langdale Pikes and mountain tarns, this is a natural playground. Sticklebarn sits at the heart of miles of walking routes, and with hearty food, real ale and roaring fires, this is the perfect place to eat, drink and relax after a day on the fells. Something for everyone: fun for all the family! Good selection of free Langdale walking maps. Well-kept local ales. Excellent service. National Trust shop. Winter Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday:11am–9pm (food 12–8.30) Friday/Saturday:11am –10pm (food 12–9) January– closed
- New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (015394) 37213 Great Langdale LA22 9JX
- Great Strickland
- Strickland Arms
Easy to find on the main road through the village, this is a large pub with two rooms served from the bar. A food led pub it has a varied menu and a specials night once a week. The bar has three hand pulls with two guest ales. There is a large car park and extensive garden wih seaing and play area.
- Strickland Arms (01931) 712238 Great Strickland CA10 3DF
- Tavern at Hale
New owners too busy to provide any details at the moment.
- Tavern at Hale (015395) 63203 Hale LA7 7BH
- Brotherswater Inn
The Brotherswater Inn is located next to Sykeside Caravan Park on the shore of Brothers Water, in a superb location for exploring the eastern fells (Wainwright baggers, take note!)â¦the likes of Dove Crag and Fairfield present their most dramatic sides to the walker and drinker here. If you like pub walks, then alight from the 508 bus (Easter-end October) at the Kirkstone Pass Inn and enjoy a pleasant walk to the Inn with cracking views of the Patterdale area. Sitting in the bar with your beer you can enjoy these views through the large windows. A roaring log fire is very welcoming when the weather is bad which it can be in this area at times. Theyâre keen to support local breweries as well.
- Brotherswater Inn ku.oc.edisekys@ofni(017684) 82239 Hartsop CA11 0NZ
- Heversham Hotel
An impressive example of a Sam Smith's total refurbishment. The former post-war A-road makeover has been returned to it's original design as a stonebuilt solid coaching inn. The attention to period detail and the quality of the renovation is astonishing - no money has been spared in the process. A central bar is surrounded by separate small rooms with real fires and original features including the underground well with glass cover in the floor and feature lighting. The former hotel dining and meeting room have been cleverly restored to two dining rooms that can be hired for functions. The former bar is now a wing of luxury bedrooms and a central joining section between the two wings accommodates the new toilets. There is no longer any cask-conditioned real ale but the Yorkshire Stingo broaches no rivals as a Real Ale in Bottle. However the price post lockdown has increased to £10 per 550ml bottle.
Organic Lager and Organic Wheat beer in keg are very passable. Standard milds, bitters and stouts are around £2.20 a pint (increased by a £1 a pint post lockdown).
Plenty of outdoor seating. Mobile phones and electronic devices are banned. So is swearing.
- Heversham Hotel (015395) 62018 Princes Way Heversham LA7 7EE
- New Inn
Tiny pub in a tiny hamlet within the Eden Valley. Great fire and a warm welcome. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hot food available in times shown. Two real ales on hand-pump which vary from Cumbrian to Yorkshire, occasionally from Malvern Hills. Pub is run by Aaron and his wife, both from Scarborough.
- New Inn (017683) 52423 Hoff CA16 6TA
- Holme Social Club
1 Springfield, Station Road
More reports please?!
- Smithy Inn
A large two roomed village centre pub, popular at weekends in summer, especially with local hikers. Well-known for it's great pub grub and an extensive menu including specials, other services include meeting and function catering. There is also a call and collect fish and chips service during food hours.
- Holme Social Club (01524) 781936 1 Springfield, Station Road Holme LA6 1RB
- Watermill Inn
A multi award-winning inn with up to 12 handpulls owned and run by the same family for nearly 30 years. It has consistently maintained CAMRA aims and objectives. As the name indicates, it's a former watermill with several rooms – one with a window into their brewery – all served by a central bar area. Windermere Brewing Company beers all have doggy themes - regular canines have their own webpage and menu!
- Watermill Inn ku.oc.bupdnalekal@ofni(01539) 821309 Ings LA8 9PY
- 19 The Wine Bar
19 Lowther Street
Newly refurbished comfortable bar at the side of the town hall with a lower entrance from the old stone alleyway connecting the main street with the river. Seating over three floors and an attractive spacious sun terrace at the back of the first floor with views of Kendal castle - a surprise hidden gem. The four handpumps showcase the best of Bowness Bay and other local craft ales. Loyalty card enables quality beer drinking at a very affordable price.
- Albion Snooker & Social Club
Albion Buildings, Sandes Avenue
Well-kept real ales at reasonable prices. Free entry for CAMRA members.
Westmorland Gazette Pub of the Year 2018.
- Alexanders Bar (Castle Green Hotel)
Set in the grounds of the Castle Green Hotel (a former electricity board headquarters), Alexanders occupies an older barn/stable block. As a free house it serves up to four different Cumbrian beers including Bowness Bay and Kirkby Lonsdale. A large conservatory offers comfortable seating, dining facilities and fine views over the pub and hotel grounds, Kendal castle and the distant fells. Well-spaced outside tables. Beer only £3 a pint all day Thursday.
- Barrel House
Unit 10 Castle Mills, Aynam Road
Exciting new venture for Bowness Bay housed in an imaginatively re-designed industrial unit beside the brewery using recycled materials for furniture. The self-referencing use of copper is a visual joy! Fantastic opportunity to sample up to 12 beers from the Bowness stable including 0.5% Swan Free. Craft keg lines include two lagers and a local cider. Bookable brewery tours and tastings. Regular party nights with live music, food and dancing - see social media. Upholstered seating in six outdoor booths.
Longer summer opening hours.
**Swan Free 0.5% now available** Brilliant! ** Swan Gold tops Swan Blonde
24 Finkle Street
Music Bar, entrance charge on Saturday evenings and for ticketed events.
- Brewery Arts Centre (Vats Bar)
Wood floored bar upstairs with unusual vats seating. The four regularly changing beers feature a mixture of both local and national brews. Food including pizzas and tapas are available in the bar and the adjacent Green Room (drinks can be taken through). Coffee bar on ground floor open afternoons.
- Carus Green Golf Club
Modern glazed and terraced clubhouse with stunning views. Open to the public. Quality food and accommodation. Rates for visiting golfers.
More reports about real ale please!
- Castle Inn
Newly re-opened as a family business by the owners of the Ring O'Bells, Kirkland.
A busy local pub which is also welcoming to visitors. The central bar serves several areas, the lounge to the left is popular with diners, and the bar area to the right has a dart board and TV. Up a step is the adjoining games area with pool table. Close to the town centre and the ruins of Kendal castle
- Duke of Cumberland Inn
1 Appleby Road
Popular large town pub with exposed brick work and alcoves, close to the railway station on the intersection of the Appleby and Shap roads. Upstairs function room. Outside seating, smoking area and car park. Convenient for nearby supermarkets.
- Factory Tap
5 Aynam Road
Industrial chic conversion of an overseer's cottage in former mill complex that is a now a hub for art, craft and small commercial units. The Tap showcases a wide range of styles and interesting craft kegs alongside traditional real ales all served in excellent condition. Opened in 2015 and Westmorland pub of the year 2017, it continues to gain popularity with local groups, dog-walkers and visiting CAMRA branches. Regular music and specialist food events. Well-designed upstairs function room. Sunny terrace in front and large, partially covered back 'garden'. Beer festivals and gin celebrations.
Celebratory IPA Festival 6-9th August Autumn Beer Festival 22-25th October Spring Beer Festival May 2021 tba
CAMRA Accredited for serving consistently well-kept real ales.
- Fell Bar
3 Lowther Street
One of two taps for artisan Fell brewery this town centre street-side bar on two floors is modern and forward looking. It offers a perfect opportunity to experience craft beers at their best alongside a solid range of more traditionally-styled ales from newer breweries. Well-informed and enthusiastic staff will ensure your conversion to craft - if you need persuading. Whatever - just enjoy this recent addition to Kendal's new youthful focus. Vibrant and lively - everyone made welcome.
The bar prides itself on a small, but perfectly formed selection of gins and single malts. Natural wines.... just ask!
- Gate of Kendal
Recently re-opened with an Italian food focus. More reports please!
- George & Dragon (01539) 726635 Branthwaite Brow Kendal LA9 4TX
- Globe Inn
8 Market Place
Town centre pub with upstairs dining room. Food served all day Sat
Modern pub in residential area. Part wood, part carpet floor. Raised darts & pool area.
- Horse & Rainbow
An old coaching inn opposite the Town Hall. One long bar with pool and live music. Cheap and cheerful
- Indie Craft Beer
32 Finkle Street
Exciting, adventurous craft haven in the town centre on a pedestrianised shopping street. Peaceful chill-out room upstairs and spacious toilet facility on the top floor. Around 200 bottles and cans line the shelves and fridges including quality Belgian and other European beers - a small range of speciality glasses is sold. The four keg lines serve the usual suspects and other less usual treats. Vinyl selection available for customer requests - or bring your own! Note the Madchester connections!
- Ivy Leaf Club 12 Kent Street Kendal LA9 4AT
- Kendal Golf Club
A comfortable, well-appointed clubhouse which offers unrivalled views across Kendal and towards Morecambe Bay, it is a delightful setting to enjoy pre or post golf refreshments. The clubhouse is open throughout the year. A comprehensive menu of breakfasts, snacks and meals with daily specials are available. The club is a Community Aided Sports Club, and as such members of the local community can freely use the bar. The changing guest ale typically comes from a local brewery and Wainwright is on the regular pump. The bar does a Sunday carvery during winter months when the opening hours are 11-3pm.
- Kendal Rugby Union Football Club House
Clubhouse of the Kendal Rugby Union Club, now believed to be serving Lancaster beers. More reports wanted.
- Masons Yard 24
Brought back to full potential by quality craftsmanship this free house, established as a traditional market tavern in 1826, has six hand-pumps dispensing rapid turnover regional beers. An extensive brasserie menu is served seven days a week with 20% off meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The traditional yard includes a new toilet block; two large covered areas (one can be heated) and ample seating. There is full disabled access.
Monday and Tuesday £1 off a pint of real ale. Westmorland Pub of the Year 2018.
- Miles Thompson
6 Allhallows Lane
Wetherspoons conversion of former council offices, originally public baths and a swimming pool, into a spacious, multi-level pub. Prints of old Kendal adorn the walls. Beers are generally palatable.
- Netherfield Cricket Club
Friendly, welcoming club at the foot of the castle that is popular for family functions in the larger room but with a quiet separate bar for watching sports. Always has two local beers that are kept and served in excellent condition. Membership not essential.
Plenty of outdoor seating for watching matches or just enjoying the sun on warm days! Bowls club attached.
- New Inn
Pub has reopened, reports wanted.
- New Union
CAMRA NATIONAL CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2019 Westmorland Branch Pub and Cider Pub of the Year within two years' of opening by a CAMRA enthusiast, this town local has seen a complete turnaround in trade. Four quality handpulls catering for all tastes are complemented by three craft keg lines for the more adventurous. Unusual real ciders and perries: annual festival in July. A wide-range of European bottled beers, also good whisky selection and special gins. Frequent community events: see social media. Weekday food as per website. Fish & Chip van every Friday. Special discount of 50p off a pint when a new CAMRA member signs up online in the pub.
CUMBRIA PUB OF THE YEAR 2019. And also Westmorland Pub of the Year 2019 & 2020 Westmorland Cider Pub of the Year 2019 & 2020
NOTE: opening hours vary. Phone to check!
** Food collaboration with Corner 124 **
- Oddfellows Arms
6 Burneside Road
Traditional locals pub, near the county council offices.
- Olde Fleece Inn
Revitalised traditional coaching inn close to the market place that retains its historic character. Three upstairs function rooms including a large private dining hall that serves as a weekend restaurant. Tables to the front and side alley.
- Riflemans Arms
A true community pub on the edge of town with the Vaux motif still etched on the windows. Numerous local groups meet here with popular live folk music sessions on Thursdays. It has a lively atmosphere with a Sunday Quiz and traditional pub games. There are always five real ales available including local beers. The pub looks out onto a pleasant green and is often involved with events taking place there. In summer opens at 3pm on Friday.
- Ring O' Bells
Community is the watchword in this friendly hostelry and a helping hand is extended to all - together with a warm welcome from the family owners and local regulars. The skilfully run original cellar ensures quality ales drawn a from a wide-ranging selection showcasing the best of the area. Roaring fire in the tap room throughout the winter; sunny tables outside in the summer. Adjacent to the parish chuch with the river Kent nearby. Tasty homemade food. All events catered for: hatch, match and despatch! A true local on every level - the little pub with the big heart!
- Riverside Hotel (Tannery Bar)
Large refurbished bar in a mill conversion on the banks of the river Kent. Kendal rail and bus stations are close by.
72 Milnthorpe Road
Kendal's most popular pub has it's largest volume of quality real ale sales at competitive prices. The A6 location is a bonus with a large car park before entering the one-way system into the town centre. The interesting range of beers is always a temptation. A welcoming hostelry for weary travellers and locals alike with wide choice of food including a carvery and beer tapas plus full a la carte and weekly specials. Self-catering apartments with up-to-the-minute facilities. Excellent childrens' adventure area. Summer suntrap garden. All seasons, all tastes, all welcome - something for everyone!
First floor cafe bar, that also serves Teas and Coffees, light food and has music nights.
- Shakespeare Inn
Newly refurbished in a style sympathetic to the name. The pub has three separate drinking areas, two served by a central bar with the third one underneath accessed by a spiral staircase. Food is served throughout. Close to the town hall, the letting rooms have car parking facilities in the original cobbled courtyard behind the pub accessed through the narrow coaching archway. Visiting coaches drop off to the front, so the pub is handy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Reached by a raised entrance under the archway, a mixed clientele is atttracted to this popular town centre pub.
Yard 2, Stricklandgate
Cafe bistro by day, live music venue at night. Recently changed name.
- Stonecross Manor Hotel
Small hotel on the southern side of Kendal that has just started serving real ale.
- Wakefield Arms
New Pub associated with the Kendal Premier Inn mostly for diners.
- White Hart Hotel
Yard 2, Highgate
Popular town centre pub with etched Hartleys window. Families welcome at lunch-time. No meals on Sunday. No dogs during food service.
- Yard 46
Probably Kendal's best-kept secret star - once found, never forgotten! Superlatives are the menu choice for all reviewers - and the beer is highly rated too. Currently offering specialist bread delivery and collection, a tasty selection of sourdough wood-fired pizzas can now be ordered for Friday and Saturday alongside a short list of takeaway drinks including a couple of local ales (one cask, one craft keg). Order by phone or Facebook and invest in the future of Kendal by supporting it's craft businesses.
- 19 The Wine Bar ku.oc.rabeniweht91@lrak(01539) 733803 19 Lowther Street Kendal LA9 4DH
- Kings Meaburn
- White Horse Inn
An incredibly welcoming 17th century inn that is still the hub of the community. A proper local with relaxing atmosphere and real fire. Pleasant sunny patio. Quality local ales with justifiably famous pies that also feature at the annual pie-making competition. Visitors flock from afar to the summer Music & Beer Festival and there are regular music events throughout the year advertised on Facebook. A pub that is well worth seeking out if you are in the area. Thursday Happy Hour 7-8pm.
- White Horse Inn (01931) 714256 Kings Meaburn CA10 3BU
- Kirkby Lonsdale
57 Main Street
Ultra modern decor is the hallmark of this unusual outlet set down an alleyway with a pleasing terrace at the back.The dining balcony is reached via a spiral staircase. This is a restaurant with two handpumps.
- Kings Arms Hotel
7 Market Street
Two music and real ale enthusiasts took over this vibrant pub in 2017 and it has a rapidly-growing following for both. The restored long bar features a selection of interestingly modern well-kept beers with a couple of less usual local ales. The inglenook fire warms customers on colder nights. Sports TV. Pool table upstairs. Three adjacent cottages provide self-catering accommodation. Exciting expansion developments at this gem have added delicious food and functions to the experience. An old pub for the young-at-heart.
- Orange Tree
Situated close to the church in this lovely old market town, a welcoming front bar presents a varying selection of Kirkby Lonsdale ales and good wholesome meals. Cosy dining areas to the rear. Bar has a rugby theme and proves popular with local teams. Sister pub to the Royal Barn.
2 Mill Brow
Modern village centre bar, which is popular for its quality local ales and food. Always trying to serve the ales in top form, with only 4 pumps there is a good turn around of ales.
- Red Dragon
59-61 Main Street
Traditional pub with spacious lounge at front and dining area to rear.
- Royal Barn
The name accurately describes the Kirkby Lonsdale tap house known locally as 'The Barn'. The long bar has twelve handpumps, eight craft keg taps, real cider and a large selection of international bottled beers. Coffee roasted on site. A large stove is welcoming and warming. Tasty bites and hot pies satisfy beer lovers or cake for coffee aficianados. Men's room wittily amusing. Everyone is wryly entertained by the pianist Archie playing songs from the shows most afternoons. Requests a possibility.
The venue is available for private functions. Live music and other events listed on social media.
The brewery slogan is: We put the 'ale' in Lonsdale!
- Royal Hotel
Imposing hotel overlooking the Market Place owned by Bowland Brewery, this lovingly restored Georgian exemplar provides luxury hospitality and quality beers. The bar is light and airy with the bygone feel of Bath Spa in a Jane Austen novel. Comfortable sitting rooms and a cosy snug complete the picture. Little wonder that Kirkby Lonsdale is favoured by film crews for period surroundings (Doctor Doolittle, Jamaica Inn, Poirot). The town is steeped in cultural history and John Ruskin declared ‘I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine.’ His favourite view beyond the fascinating church was painted earlier by JMW Turner. The annual Victorian Festival successfully recreates a romantic past. The two house beers are from Bowland Brewery with one changing beer from Bowland plus another handpull featuring beers from Westmorland, Lancashire and Yorkshire. An excellent base for exploring the quirky town and the surrounding countryside of the Lake District, Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales. The fields, fells and valleys are home to hundreds of specialist food producers, organic farms, micro-breweries and even the odd spring water bottler.
- Snooty Fox Tavern
33 Main Street
Imposing building next to the town square. Oak panelled bar with four hand pumps. Open fires in the main rooms. Several dining rooms connect to the back bar. Meals all day. More reports please.
- Sun Hotel
Pub with historic faï¿½ade, although refurbished inside with a blend of traditional and comtemporary features. shut first Monday in any month till 6pm
- Avanti (015242) 73500 57 Main Street Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2AH
- Kirkby Stephen
- Black Bull Hotel
38 Market Street
A long bar left of the entrance leads to a rear area (may be used for 'walkers teas' in Summer )
- Kings Arms Hotel
A 17th Century town centre coaching inn with a bar and adjoining snug on the right and a dining/function room on the left. Locally sourced home-cooked food. A good local following with visitors welcome. Annual beer and music fesival is held. The former railway station in the town holds a vehicle rally to support the restoration of the closed line to Warcop.
- La'l Nook
1 Croft Street
Newly-opened micropub in a restored coffee house on a side street corner opposite McColl's and near the central pubs. The bar has up to four changing local handpulls and aims to attract walkers and regulars who are "conversation focussed". The one room in two sections is cosy and friendly. The unisex facility is upstairs. Regular charity fundraising events are advertised on social media and are proving popular and successful. Great cakes served on the special coffee mornings! Private functions welcome.
**Please will members submit beer scores because the opening hours are limited **
- Pennine Hotel
Prominent position in the market square, the hotel has central bar counters to serve the open plan front bar, seating to the right and a rear bar, mainly used for dining - pie and pint special on Thursdays. Two handpulls serving local ales and a third with a national brand - also two keykeg taps. Comfortable rooms, popular with walkers and railway enthusiasts.
- Taggy Man
4 Market Street
Old Cumbrian freehouse just off the town centre that is rightly famous far and wide for the warmth of its welcome. Committed to serving a good selection of well-kept local beers with an occasional visitor showcased from further afield. Popular with friendly local drinkers rather than diners, the U-shaped bar serves two distinct areas. Regular live music plus weekly quiz and open mic nights as advertised on social media. Premium spirits and gin bar. Dogs and muddy boots welcome.
- Black Bull Hotel (017683) 71237 38 Market Street Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QW
- Kirkstone Pass
- Kirkstone Pass Inn
Cumbria's highest pub and currently the second highest in Britain. If you arrive on foot over the hills or by bike (especially via the aptly named Struggle) you'll certainly feel that you've earned a pint. Built from 1496 it has an atmospheric interior including a photo taken in the infamously brutal winter of 1963 showing two men standing next to a snowdrift higher than their heads. The view from the outside tables is one of the best in the Lakes. En-suite rooms in the pub and bunkhouse adjacent.
- Kirkstone Pass Inn moc.nnissapenotskrik@nni(015394) 33888 Kirkstone Pass LA22 9LQ
- Gilpin Bridge Inn
Large pub noted for food with a function room available.
- Hare & Hounds Inn
Cosy village inn that is going from strength to strength! This community local has great attention to detail and does everything well: good beer, tasy food, quality accommodation. Full menu available all day including the best pizzas in the area (take away at 20% reduction). A popular hostelry serving five well-kept casks plus craft ales covering a range of styles from local Cumbrian breweries. The pub offers a very friendly welcome and hosts a number of community groups and charity fundraising events including 'Westmorland Red Squirrels' - also a 'Charity Pizza of the Month'. Great views of Morecambe Bay and Lyth Valley from the top terrace.
- Gilpin Bridge Inn moc.kooltuo@nniegdirbniplig(015395) 52206 Levens LA8 8EP
- Little Langdale
- Three Shires Inn
The Three Shires Inn is in a stunning location in Little Langdale near Ambleside and surrounded by Lakeland fells with splendid views and many walking opportunities - the much-photographed Slater's bridge is nearby. The two-room bar has a slate-flagged floor and a log burner; adjoining restaurant at the front. The homemade food is prepared from locally sourced ingredients and the bar stocks quality local beers; also a good selection of malt whiskies.
- Three Shires Inn ku.oc.nniserihseerht@yriuqne(015394) 37215 Little Langdale LA22 9NZ
- Long Marton
- Masons Arms
The pub has undergone some modernisation but retains a welcoming feel. Low benches have been replaced by soft chairs in the bar and there is a TV screen in the bar. There is a separate dining room with beams and 'pews' to sit on as well as a back room. There are two real fires which makes it feel cosy. The village pub is well supported. There is no pub garden but seating front and back.
- Masons Arms ku.oc.notramgnolsmrasnosam:ofni(017683) 61395 Long Marton CA16 6BN
- Plough Inn
Refurbished roadside inn, with play area in garden, meals served all day at weekends.
- Plough Inn (015395) 67700 Lupton LA6 1PJ
- Lyth Valley
- Damson Dene Hotel
County Hotel, featured in the Channel Four documentry "The Hotel". The hotel's Heron Bar has magnificent views over the grounds including a well stocked duck pond.
- Damson Dene Hotel ku.oc.enednosmad@ofni(015395) 68676 Crosthwaite Lyth Valley LA8 8JE
- Swan Inn
Set back from the road with large walled garden, the central bar area has a games room to the left and a dining room to the right. The Swan Inn is a 16th Century Coaching inn, Situated on the A683, between Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale. At Swan Inn, Middleton, we are a Traditional Country Inn with original olde world charm and log fires and nestled not far from the river Lune at the foot of the Middleton Fells. The Swan always has a varied choice of full cask Ales | Walkers. We also have a large beer garden with childrens play equipment and Dogs are very welcome too. Traditional Cumbrian home-cooked food at Swan Inn is available in a separate restaurant served everyday 12:00 noon till 8:30pm.
- Swan Inn (015242) 76223 Middleton-in-Lonsdale LA6 2NB
- Bulls Head
Two room, split level pub with strong local following. Large screen TV, pool etc. Good reports on accommodation and food. New management friendly and welcoming.
More reports please! Especially beers and service times.
- Coach & Horses
Friendly local up a side road near the centre. An L-shaped room forms the main bar with tables & chairs in one arm, pool, TV etc. in the other giving it the feel of a club. There is a separate lounge room on the right that is served by the same bar. Dogs OK on lead.
- Cross Keys Hotel
1, Park Road
Large roadside pub with L shaped bar and separate dining room. Function suite upstairs. Ask for code to exit car park.
- Bulls Head (015395) 62684 Beetham Road Milnthorpe LA7 7QL
- Crown Inn
Two bar village inn that enjoys a riverside location. Meals served Thursday to Sunday only
- Crown Inn (01931) 714310 Morland CA10 3AZ
- Black Bull
Well appointed, split level inn overlooking the village green with flag floors; pew seating in the lower bar and tables/chairs in the upper bar. Separate dining room at the back. Popular bed and breakfast stopover in the Yorkshire Dales National park located close to the Wainwright Coast to Coast and Pennine Journey walks. Within hiking distance of the Settle-Carlisle railway at Kirkby Stephen station. Earlybird breakfast and packed lunch on request.
1st October - 1st April closed 2-5.30 Mon-Fri
- Black Bull moc.liamg@ybetanllubkcalb(017683) 71588 Nateby CA17 4JP
- George Hotel
Attractive village Hotel good beer garden. Popular with Coast to Coast walkers and visitors to the Farmers Market on 2nd Saturday monthly and close to the Chocolate Factory.
- Westmorland Hotel
Surrounded by dramatic Cumbrian fells and set on the edge of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Whether you’re staying the night, stopping for a taste of local food in the restaurant, or hosting a meeting, you’ll find the tranquil and secluded location is convenient, just off the M6 motorway at Tebay Services.
- George Hotel (015396) 24229 Front Street Orton CA10 3RJ
- Station Inn
Welcoming, family friendly country pub close to Oxenholme station. Separate bar and lounge areas plus conservatory annexe with dining throughout. Pleasant open aspect beer garden with large children's play area. Four handpumps offering local ales. En-suite accommodation plus camping and caravan facilities. Extensive menu with daily specials using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Wood burning stoves offer winter comfort. On one of the coast to coast cycle routes and opposite the Helm for hill walkers.
- Station Inn email@example.com(01539) 724094 Oxenholme LA9 7RF
- Patterdale Hotel
Comfortable bar in large hotel with a large garden. Good walking country, lake steamers and hire boats nearby. On Wainwrights Coast-to-Coast route.
- White Lion Inn
Stone flagged bar where food is served all day, parking is across the road. On Wainwrights Coast-to-Coast route.
- Patterdale Hotel (017684) 82231 Patterdale CA11 0NN
- Gateway Inn
A country inn, offering good food and delightful views from the outside seated terrace with a separate childrens play area.
- Gateway Inn (01539) 724187 Crook Road Plumgarths LA8 8LX
- Pooley Bridge
- 1863 Bar
Elm House, High Street
Serves a good selection of beers, wines and spirits featuring ‘beers of the month’. The owners work with a number of local breweries to showcase some of the region’s finest unsung beer heroes. Keep an eye out for our monthly recommendation on social media and on the good, old-fashioned blackboard outside!
- Crown Inn ku.oc.egdirbyeloopnninworc@xaler(017684) 25869 Pooley Bridge CA10 2NP
- Sun Inn
Busy pub with a panelled bar at the front, the large separate bar to the rear is popular with sports fans and locals, and a separate dining room.There is a large safe garden to the side.
- 1863 Bar (017684) 86334 Elm House, High Street Pooley Bridge CA10 2NH
- Black Swan Hotel
A Victorian inn, re-built in 1899, in a tranquil conservation village in the Eden valley. A former branch pub of the year in 2012, this small hotel offers a varied range of real ale. The bar has TV and darts while the lounge has adjoining well appointed dining rooms. Across the road is an extensive well-maintained garden and stream.
In addition to main meals, breakfast is served 8-10am Picnics can be ordered in advance to collect 12-5pm and 6-9pm
- Fat Lamb Hotel
Front bar is cosy with wooden floor and an old black cooking stove that provides additional heating when cold. Look for the sheep cartoons to the left of the stove. To the right of the bar is a quaint small carpeted parlour complete with wooden writing desk. To the back, overlooking the large garden, are two interlocking rooms laid out for eating. Look into the room to the right and see evidence of the owner's love of vintage cars; there is a selection of memorabilia including dozens of model cars. There is a separate restaurant to the left of the hotel reception.
Motorcyclists welcome. Less than half-mile from the start/end of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.
- Kings Head Hotel
Grade 2 listed, 16th century white washed inn opposite the Cladbeck river. Open plan bars and real fire welcome visitors to fine dining and three real ales from either North Yorkshire, Cumbria or Northumbria. 7 miles from J38 of the M6 the village is in a conservation area of the lower Eden valley. The pub has a landscaped beer garden alongside the river, where red squirrels can be spotted.
New owners have completely re-furbished the whole establishment and offer quality accommodation. Excellent base for walking holidays. Sunday lunch a speciality.
- Black Swan Hotel moc.letohnawskcalb@seiriuqne(015396) 23204 Ravenstonedale CA17 4NG
- Badger Bar (Glen Rothay Hotel)
This historical inn is popular with Rydal walkers and open-top bus riders. The fires in the panelled bar and atmospheric dining room are particularly pleasing on wet windy days and dogs are welcome. Fascinating live badgercam with real interaction for evening visitors. Unique loos built into the rock face. Good range of local ales complement the local dishes. House beer Badger Bar Ale brewed by Old School Brewery. Informative website. This is just how a quaint old pub should be: good beer, good food, great atmosphere.
- Badger Bar (Glen Rothay Hotel) ku.oc.yahtornelgeht@ofni(015394) 34500 Rydal LA22 9LR
- Sandford Arms
A converted farm house in a small hamlet which is very modern inside with all facilities. Refurbished several years ago with a tartan theme. Comfortable for drinking and dining. 5 en-suite letting rooms. It has a daily allocation of two rods along a stretch of the River Eden during the trout season.
- Sandford Arms ku.oc.evil@smradrofdnas(017683) 51121 Sandford CA16 6NR
- Ship Inn
A nautical theme predominates in this inn, food is served all day.
- Ship Inn moc.tcennoctb@enotsdnas-nnipihs(015395) 63113 Sandside LA7 7HW
- Black Bull
New owners are awaiting a full survey for revamped entry. Meanwhile see the website.
Large pub on the main street. A warm welcome awaits from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. The bar area retains its original quarry tile floor. Various areas off have comfortable seating in which to enjoy any of the three local guest ales and local dishes from the menu. Refurbished accommodation make this an ideal place for exploring the Howgills.
Comfortable welcoming family-run pub in the booktown of Sedbergh on the Dalesway Walk and Cumbria Cycleway. Free house with frequently changing selection of well-kept ales in different styles. Large bar with wood-burning stove plus two separate dining areas suitable for families. The menus are well thought out and the brunch selection is mouth-watering. The rooms are furnished to a high standard making a good base for exploring the Howgill Fells and the Lake District - or just reading books.
- Red Lion
Popular town centre pub, patio is covered. No food Mondays. Not open Mondays
- White Hart Sports & Social Club
31 Main Street
Welcoming and friendly local members' club open to visitors with well-kept real ales usually from local breweries. CIU affiliated.
Please send more reports on real ale!
- Black Bull ku.oc.hgrebdesllubkcalbeht@sgnikoob(015396) 20264 Main Street Sedbergh LA10 5BL
- Crown Inn
Located on the Coast to Coast walk and halfway along the Land's End to John O'Groats Cycleway, the pub offers comprehensive support for walkers and cyclists with use of all facilities for campers and pod users including an overnight laundry service. Hearty pub grub and real ale served beside a roaring stove - breakfast and packed lunches can be booked. There is a rear games section and separate dining room.
- Greyhound Hotel
A spacious former coaching inn dating from 1684 close to the coast to coast walk, meals served in both the bar and separate restaurant. Newly refurbished throughout with lots of quirky features. Look out for the old beer pump for water for dogs and bottom filling lager glasses. Large decked outdoor area for those warm summer nights with separate outdoor smokers' corner. Four real ales priced £3.60 to £4 a pint served in good condition. Staff friendly and efficient. Quality refurbished accommodation. Worth a visit.
- Kings Arms Hotel (01931) 716277 Main Street Shap CA10 3NU
- Crown Inn (01931) 716562 Main Street Shap CA10 3NL
- Strickland Arms
A fine-looking building set in a quiet location on the approach to Sizergh Castle. There are wooden and flagstoned floors in the large bar and dining area, with a further dining area upstairs. Three guest beers are all from the ever-increasing number of Cumbrian micro-breweries. Eclectic furniture and decorations abound in this warm and welcoming pub, which provides both locals and tourists with fine ales and food without compromise.
- Strickland Arms (015395) 61010 Sizergh LA8 8DZ
- Skelwith Bridge
- Skelwith Bridge Hotel (Talbot Bar)
A comfortable bar forming part of the hotel, closed from mid Dec to new year.
- Skelwith Bridge Hotel (Talbot Bar) (015394) 32115 Skelwith Bridge LA22 9NJ
- Kings Arms Inn
Edge of village local, dating back to 1721. Spacious bar with separate dining area. Original wooden beams adorned with horse brasses. Home cooked meals using local produce. There is no dedicated disabled loo but one of the ladies' ones is wheelchair accessible, with rails, etc.
- Kings Arms Inn (01768) 862778 Stainton CA11 0EP
- Beer Hall
Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard
The Brewery Tap for Hawkshead Brewery, in this picturesque Lakeland village between Kendal and Windermere, is their flagship outlet and now reflects the ongoing changes implemented centrally by the new owners, Halewood, who have moved bulk production from Staveley to Flookburgh . The beers have unfortunately lost their award-winning historic names and keg beers have become more prominent at this sprawling venue.
- Eagle & Child Hotel
An outstanding example of a traditional village inn which is always open to the new where beer is concerned. Popular with Lakeland visitors, those who like eating out with good beer and ambience, and connoisseurs of interesting local ales. It is a hub for its community with Thursday quiz nights locally famous. In summer the delightful riverside garden hosts their beer festivals and in winter the cosy log fires are a welcoming draw. Large function room. Bus and train friendly.
- Whistling Pig
Camping and Caravanning Club, Ashes Lane
Bar on Campsite beer available during the summer months, beers can change.
- Beer Hall ku.oc.yrewerbdaehskwah@ofni(01539) 825260 Hawkshead Brewery, Mill Yard Staveley LA8 9LR
- Cross Keys Inn
A 16th Century inn situated in the Lune Valley,
- Cross Keys Inn (015396) 24240 Tebay CA10 3UY
- Temple Sowerby
- Kings Arms Hotel
Refurbished large old fashioned hotel at the west end of the village adjacent to the A66. It has a strong local clientele who use the bar as a social centre.
- Kings Arms Hotel (017683) 61211 Temple Sowerby CA10 1SB
- Queen's Head Inn
Traditional village pub with large real fires an a cosy atmosphere.
- Queen's Head Inn (01768) 863219 Tirril CA10 2JF
- Troutbeck (Nr Penrith)
- Troutbeck Inn
Troutbeck (Nr Penrith)
Two rooms with split bar, with one room with an open fire. Both rooms serve bar meals, with a separate restaurant area. Locally sourced produce used. Well behaved dogs welcome in the bar areas.
- Troutbeck Inn (017684) 83635 Troutbeck (Nr Penrith) CA11 0SJ
- Troutbeck (nr Windermere)
- Haybarn Inn (Limefit Caravan Park)
Troutbeck (nr Windermere)
Bar in the old stone hay barn, mainly used by site users but all comers are welcome, especially walkers as it is on a meeting of public footpaths. Two bars and excellent family facilities. The Wainwrights may be replaced with another beer on occasion. NOTE: Closed 15th November to 1st March each year.
- Mortal Man
Troutbeck (nr Windermere)
This scenically located pub is a particular favourite of walkers enjoying the many varied routes and spectacular views of Windermere and the Troutbeck Valley. A main bar with side rooms serves food throughout the day, also an excellent function room very suitable for meetings. The garden seating is among the best in the area. Regukar events four nights a week. Has been Westmorland Cider Pub of the year, usually at least six ciders available.
- Queen's Head Hotel
Troutbeck (nr Windermere)
Recently refurbished following a major fire, this hotel has a charming old bar at its heart that features a four poster bedhead. The beers are all from Robinsons but the food is sourced locally. Popular with walkers and cyclists, there are splendid views of the Troutbeck Valley and surrounding hills.
- Haybarn Inn (Limefit Caravan Park) (015394) 34353 Troutbeck (nr Windermere) LA23 1PA
- Black Labrador
A 17th century inn on a scenic route between Kendal and Lake Windermere. This pub consistently maintains high quality beer and meals in three separate areas. The main bar retains a traditional atmosphere with another opening into a semi-outdoor area in summer with disabled toilets. The third is predominantly for dining or meetings. Serves mostly Cumbrian beers. Unsurprisingly given it's name, the pub is enthusiastically dog-friendly.
- Black Labrador ku.oc.rodarbalkcalbeht@ofni(015395) 68234 Underbarrow LA8 8HQ
- Brackenrigg Inn
Large inn with outstanding views across Ullswater to Helvellyn and the Northern Fells which can be enjoyed from the sunny terrace. Large bar, separate from the hotel, with open fire and full range of ales from the Brack 'N' Brew microbrewery behind the pub. All food is local and its origins displayed on a map in the bar. The hotel is close to the Ullswater round way and serviced by the Penrith to Patterdale bus route.
- Brackenrigg Inn (017684) 86206 Watermillock CA11 0LP
- Brookside Inn
The locals pub in Windermere, this recently refurbished, friendly two bar inn also has a good following from visitors from the nearby guest houses.
- Crafty Baa with Pie & Pint
21 Victoria Street
Fascinating theme-roomed family enterprise constructed over two floors using recycled matetrials. Small patio in front. Quirky and fun, the Baa is a craft ale mecca featuring ten changing craft keg taps and eight ciders and perries plus nearly 200 worldwide bottled beers - many bottle-conditioned. Awarded AA Pub of the Year 2018 it is also famous for it's baked camembert plus speciality charcuterie and grilled sandwiches. Small but intriguing, the tiny empire has expanded into Pie and Pint next door featuring 3 changing real ales on handpull and a selection of delicious (mainly meat) pies. Useful information: only 2 toilets - one on each floor - expect queues!
- Elleray Hotel
A friendly pub close to the town centre, with a large main bar and a separate restaurant. Four real ales are available throughout the year, with a stronger guest beer usually on offer during the winter months. Live music is performed most weekends, while the large beer garden is a sun-trap during the summer.
- Grey Walls Hotel (Greys Inn)
This pub on the outskirts of the town centre offers a good selection of real ales, with usually one local Cumbrian beer amongst its guest beers.
- Hillthwaite House Hotel Thornbarrow Road Windermere LA23 2DF
- Lamplighter Bar (Oakthorpe Hotel)
Public bar adjoining hotel,
- Queens Hotel
A friendly locals pub, also very popular with tourists, this is the original coaching inn in Windermere.
- Windermere Hotel Kendal Road Windermere LA23 1AL
- Windermere Social Club (015394) 43083 New Road Windermere LA23 2LA
- Windermere Sports Club The Pavillon, Queens Park Windermere LA23 2HB
- Brookside Inn moc.tcennoctb@ediskoorbeht(015394) 43541 Lake Road Windermere LA23 2BX
- Brown Horse
Traditional rural pub with a main bar with open beams and a log fire, there is a separate restaurant area but meals are served throughout. The bar has several large tables, and up to four real ales on handpump. The outside seating area offers fine views of the surrounding countryside.
- Brown Horse (015394) 43443 Winster LA23 3NR
- Bay Horse Inn
A traditional hostelry facing the village green in a picturesque setting within easy walking distance of Kirkby Stephen. Popular with visitors of all ages, it is often comfortably busy and has a bar area, dining room, family room and pleasing rural beer garden. Cosy on a cold day with a log burner in the bar, it is friendly to both dogs and customers. Good choice of food sourced locally including silver-award-winning pub pies. Well-kept mostly local beers. Definitely worth visiting.
NB. May close after last diners have left.
- Bay Horse Inn moc.liamg@notniwesrohyabeht(017683) 71451 Winton CA17 4HS
- Derby Arms Hotel
**More beer scores please!** Reopened by the Witherslack community land trust this local hub includes a community shop. A large room with open fires is entered from the front door, with dining spaces in adjoining rooms and a snug with games room at the rear. The eclectic furniture is in the style of a faded stately home. A popular stop for cyclists and walkers to enjoy hearty local food and good company. Six pumps feature a great selection of well-kept local and regional ales - every one a joy to drink!
An outstanding local village pub on every level. Westmorland Pub of the Season Spring 2019.
CAMRA Accredited for serving consistently well-kept real ales.
- Derby Arms Hotel ku.oc.smraybredeht@tcatnoc(015395) 52207 Witherslack LA11 6RH