7 of the best beer gardens in Lancashire and the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 09:26 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:10 19 January 2016
Whether a drop of Lancashire ale is your tipple or you prefer a glass of chilled champagne, here are some of the best places in Lancashire and the Lake District to drink al fresco
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. Its 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
Inn at Whitewell, Whitewell
his Lancashire heavyweight, which dates back to the 1300s and was once a Victorian deer-keeper’s lodge, deservedly has an excellent reputation. It has picked up many awards for its food with the kitchen team steering this ship successfully while flying the flag for Lancashire food.
Expect seasonal grouse from Lancashire Moor, pheasant and partridge from the Dunsop shoot and Bowland beef and Lonk lamb from Burholme Farm, all of which can be seen from this wonderful, rural inn. Most evenings there will be plenty of diners waiting for an opportunity to sample food from this delightful menu as well as to drink in the truly beautiful views and surroundings. There is a terrace where you get uninterrupted panoramas of some of the best countryside Lancashire has to offer. You can see the fells of the Forest of Bowland as well as the River Hodder glistening in the sunlight.
Inn at Whitewell, near Clitheroe, BB7 3AT, 01200 448222, www.innatwhitewell.com
Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom
This Lancashire Life Traditional Dining Pub of the Year recipient is noted for the fact it operates a scheme to help young people into employment through catering training schemes. However, that doesn’t stop them producing stunning dishes such as Lancashire sausage with chef Eve Townson’s black pudding and Sandham’s tasty Lancashire cheese and ham hock.
A new entry in the Good Food Guide 2015 as well as winning the Alastair Sawday’s Pubs and Inns Guide 2014/15 Community Pub of the Year, Eve and her team serve some of the best locally sourced and seasonal Pennine foods including vegetables grown in the beer garden.
Outside, there are lovely views from the beer garden, which is a bit different to your average offering. There is growing space carefully tendered by the local Incredible Edible group, which would impress even the most talented allotment owner. There is also lots of countryside to explore nearby.
Eagle and Child, Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, BL0 0DL, 01706 557181, www.eagle-and-child.com
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, Arnside
Tony Keates and Jeanette Hamer have been at the helm of the popular Arnside pub with rooms since early 2013. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, a winner on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed series, has received a multitude of awards under their ownership. There is a bar area and restaurant with home cooked food at the heart of the menu and award winning ales.
But the real jewel in the crown are the stunning views you get from here across the River Kent on the tip of Morecambe Bay. There is also a terraced garden where you can spot the bore race up the river at high tide as well as ample opportunity for bird watching. If you’re there with young children, they will be pleased to see the large Viking ship in the beer garden.
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, The Promenade, Arnside, LA5 0HD, 01524 761203, www.fightingcocksarnside.co.uk
Eagle and Child Inn, Staveley
The legend of this popular inn is part of the Lathom family history where Sir Thomas Lathom had always longed for a son and heir but his wife had only ever had girls. The knight had a son with a servant girl but to appease his wife left the infant beneath a tree where an eagle was nested for her to discover on her daily walk. The child was considered a gift from heaven.
Fortunately, nothing so elaborate has to be organised to enjoy the delights of this Staveley mainstay which has a diverse menu of pub classics including lamb hot pot, Cumberland sausage and Hawkshead Ale pie as well as tapas and Guinness pancakes. There is also a good selection of local ales and regular guest beers at the pub, a regular CAMRA Good Beer Guide entrant. When it comes to the Eagle and Child’s al fresco offering, there is a lovely beer garden right by the river. Making it the perfect stop off after exploring the local area.
Eagle and Child Inn, Main Street, Staveley, LA8 9LP, 01539 821320, www.eaglechildinn.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 if you can bear to tear yourself away there is an equally lovely interior.
Home cooked food is served up at 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 nearby.
Rose and Crown, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 7NU, 01539 558501, www.roseandcrowncark.robinsonsbrewery.com
The Calf’s Head, Worston
The views from the Calf’s Head are difficult to beat. This popular country house hotel, restaurant and pub, which dates back around 400 years, in nestled at the foot of Pendle Hill giving you the opportunity to take in the vista while enjoying a bite to eat or a drink in the large mature gardens. You can potter over the stream into a field where you can experience more of those beautiful scenes or partake in some ball games.
There is also a large deck to dine out on or The Glass House, which also has the benefit of the lovely views. You’ll find an extensive wine list, celebrating English wines and a menu packed with local produce.
The Calf’s Head, Worston, near Clitheroe, BB7 1QA, 01200 441218, www.calfshead.com
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