6 Lake District pubs to try this Autumn
PUBLISHED: 15:47 28 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 01 September 2017
Pull up a chair, dine on fine food or enjoy superb ales in one of these fantastic Lake District inns.
The Masons Arms, Cartmel Fell
The Masons Arms is the quintessential country inn in old Lancashire and the arrival of summer is a good excuse to claim one of the seats outside and enjoy the stunning views across the Winster Valley. The downstairs is quaint and full of character with quirky furniture, low beams and snugs leading from the small main bar. The beer is well kept and varied. Upstairs has a more modern feel with a restaurant menu that is confident and full of local produce. All this combined with good service and some stylish rooms for those who decide to stop over made it a Lancashire Life Dining Pub of the Year.
The Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, Cartmell Fell, Grange over Sands, LA11 6NW, 015395 68486, www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk
Rose and Crown, Cark-in-Cartmel
This traditional village inn, dubbed The Top House due to its hilltop location, is a great place to while away a warm summer evening. There are views across Morecambe Bay to enjoy from the patio area or you can relax in the cosy interior. Home cooked food is served up and lunchtimes and in the evenings at the pub, which went under refurbishment just over 12 months ago. It is well located for a walk around the pretty village of Cartmel, where you can enjoy a trip to the races. Grange-over-Sands and Holker Hall are also within striking distance.
Rose and Crown, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 7NU, 01539 558501, www.roseandcrowncark.robinsonsbrewery.com
Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside
This is not just a fine old inn, it also produces some exquisite meals. Another Lancashire Life award winner, it sources its food locally whenever possible and the kitchen team knows the provenance of the meat and the sustainability of the fish. Lunchtime sandwiches are sumptuous but evening meals are something else. They can start with lambs tongue, goats curds, courgette and tomato, followed by lamb rump, champ mashed potato with cockles, peas and broad beans and finish with a passion fruit soufflé. A delight.
The Drunken Duck Inn, Barngates, Ambleside, LA22 0NG, 015394 36347, www.drunkenduckinn.co.uk
The Golden Rule, Ambleside
A pub for aficionados of a warm hearth and good beer rather than those looking for fine dining – unless you count a well-pickled egg. This is an old pub up, traditional and unchanging, located up a steep bank and that means it’s often overlooked by the visiting masses. There’s no background music, no noisy games machines and no big screen television. It’s a place to sit, chat and have a pint. Cheers!
The Golden Rule, Smithy Brow, Ambleside, LA22 9AS,015394 32257, www.robinsonsbrewery.com/goldenrule
The Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite
Good food, fine wines and great service has cemented this Lake District Inn’s reputation as one of the top places to visit should you be in need of refreshment. As well as having that lovely English pub atmosphere, you’ll find contemporary, top notch dishes made using locally sourced produce – they also have two AA Rosettes. It’s all masterminded by head chef Scott Fairweather and his team, who include sous chef Arthur Quin who was recently named UK’s Young Chef of the Year at the national Oscars of the chef world. The menu, according to Scott, is based on classic flavour combinations using modern techniques as well as being mindful of the seasons. Don’t miss a treat.
The Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley, LA8 8HR, 015395 68237, www.the-punchbowl.co.uk
The Mortal Man, Troutbeck
If you are looking for the Lake District idyll, the beautiful Troutbeck Valley is the place. Tucked away in the tiny village of Troutbeck, the Mortal Man has one of the area’s most scenic beer gardens. There are green hills and stunning vistas leading all the way to Windermere. The Mortal Man, an inn since 1689, gets its name from a medieval proverb giving you an idea of the building’s age. It sits partway up a hillside, overlooking the gorgeous fell and dale scenery. The beer garden is a great place to enjoy a relaxed afternoon on a warm spring or summer day. But there are also plenty of nooks and crannies to hunker down in when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
The Mortal Man, Troutbeck, Cumbria, LA23 1PL, 015394 33193, www.themortalman.co.uk