Few locations can rival this: Lakeland fells rise behind the inn to England’s highest peak, while golden sunsets illuminate tranquil Eskdale. Footpaths wind to nearby Stanley Ghyll’s wooded gorge with its falls and red squirrels, and the charming La’al Ratty narrow-gauge railway steams to and from the coast. It’s a magnet for ramblers and cyclists, so a small drying room is greatly appreciated by them. Up to seven real ales are kept, including Yates Best Bitter and Langdale from Cumbrian Legendary Ales, and an amazing selection of 175 malt whiskies. Home-made food prepared from Cumbria’s finest showcases the menus, so temper the drizzle with a warming bowl of home-made soup, or grilled scallops with cheese, garlic and lemon, followed by wild mushroom and fettuccine; beef and beer pie; or smoked haddock on mashed potato with leeks. Raspberry meringues or chocolate fudge cake with hot berry sauce, make a fine finish. This great community pub also takes a full role in the famous Boot Beer Festival each June.
Real ales: Hawkshead Windermere Pale, Cumbrian Legendary Langdale, Yates Best Bitter, guest ales
Real ciders: Westons
Credit cards accepted
Beer festival, Early Jun
Coach parties welcome
Family room available
M6 junct 36, A590 follow Barrow signs. A5092, then A595. Pass Broughton-in-Furness, right at lights to Ulpha. Cross river, next left signed Eskdale to Boot. (NB not all routes to Boot are suitable in bad weather conditions)