NEAR SAWREY, Ambleside, LA22 0LF
This 17th-century village pub on the west side of Lake Windermere is owned by the National Trust (although run independently), as is Beatrix Potter's old home, Hill Top, which can be found just behind the inn. It has been known as the Tower Bank Arms for over a century and Potter illustrated it perfectly in her Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, although history fails to record whether she ever slipped in for a drink during a break from sketching. This cosy, bustling inn is popular not only with visitors to Hill Top, but also walkers, cyclists, holidaymakers and locals. In the low-beamed slate-floored main bar are an open log fire, fresh flowers and ticking grandfather clock. Local brews on hand pump embrace Langdale from Cumbrian Legendary and Brodie's Prime from Hawkshead; alternatively a good selection of ciders and wines are served by the glass. If you are looking to eat, menus for both lunch and dinner are served throughout the premises. The style is very much hearty country fare based on local produce. At midday, warm ciabattas of steak and sautéed onions, or smoked chicken with Cumbrian brie and red onion marmalade, are sufficient for some; others may plump for a traditional lunchtime plate of deep-fried beer-battered haddock with home-made chips and mushy peas. For dinner, asparagus tempura with blue cheese dip makes a tasty vegetarian starter. Follow perhaps with braised shoulder of Lakeland lamb, bubble-and-squeak and vegetables. Finish in style with a warm chocolate brownie, berries, banana ice cream and salted caramel sauce. Food and drink can be served in the garden, where the panorama of farms, fells and fields makes a relaxing vista.
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Hawkshead Bitter & Brodie's Prime, Cumbrian Legendary Ales Loweswater Gold & Langdale
(all day Etr-Oct)
one day mid wk Jan & Dec, Mon Nov-early Feb (ex Xmas & New Year)
Coach parties catered.