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Country house atmosphere

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year

Georgian grandeur to the creeper-clad exterior; country house character and contemporary comforts inside; this classic, large coaching inn has commanded a bridge over the River Greta for three centuries. In Victorian times Charles Dickens passed through; he likely based a scene in Nicholas Nickelby here. In the bar, an eye-catching mural of Dickensian characters was painted by 'Guinness' artist Jack Gilroy; the practice of promoting local artists continues, with regularly changing works of art on display. Accommodation is stylish and the award-winning food, is rich with local pickings. Bar meals such as fish pie or braised shoulder of pork are served in the Dickens Bar and Bistro; the more gracious Gilroy's Dining Room has a changing menu which might offer wood pigeon starter followed by hoggit loin, salt-baked leg, wild garlic purée and gnocchi, and mint jus; or sea bass with crispy chicken wing and French peas. Local real ales and a good selection of bins seal the deal.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 7am–11pm (Sunday 7am–10.30pm)
  • Lunch: all week 12–6
  • Dinner: all week 6–9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A1(M) at Scotch Corner take A66 towards Penrith, in 9 miles exit at Greta Bridge. Hotel over bridge on left.

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