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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 5 key areas – cleanliness, hospitality, bedrooms, bathrooms and breakfast.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 110 reviews

Friendly, relaxed service in a traditional Cumbrian inn

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At a glance

Family rooms
Accessible rooms

Dating from the early 19th century and used as a smithy until the 1950s, this friendly village inn offers good home-cooked fare and real ales, with two Cumbrian cask beers always available. Bedrooms are well equipped, and three are particularly smart. An extensive menu and daily specials are offered in the cosy bar lounges or the smart, panelled Old Forge Restaurant.

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  • Rooms: 8
  • Family rooms: 2
  • Ground-floor rooms: 3

Room rates

  • Child discounts available
  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Afternoon tea served
  • Dinner served
  • Last orders for evening meals: 9pm


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms


  • Accessible bedrooms: 2


  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu


  • Golf course nearby
  • Secure cycle storage

Getting here

B6413 from Brampton to Castle Carrock, after level crossing 2nd left signed Talkin.

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M6 junction 43
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