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A good story lies behind the name of the inn. When a 19th-century landlady found her ducks blotto in the road after a beer leak 'contaminated' their feed, she thought they were dead and began plucking them. When they came round, she was so full of remorse she knitted them all warm Hawkshead yarn waistcoats. The inn stands at a crossroads above Ambleside with splendid views towards Windermere. Ales from the on-site Barngates brewery are served on a Brathay slate counter in the oak-floored, hop-hung bar, where wooden settles with Herdwick wool coverings, sketches, prints and enamel signs further contribute to the character. Add candlelight and a log fire, and what more could you want? Ideally the menu, of course, which offers a possible dinner of hake, pickled radish and brown shrimps; beef shin and stout suet pudding, carrot, swede and red cabbage; and egg custard tart with blood orange sorbet. Behind lies a tranquil garden with its own tarn.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 Dec
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all wk 12-4

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Barngates Cracker Ale, Chesters Strong & Ugly, Tag Lag, Cat Nap, Brathay Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

From Kendal on A591 to Ambleside, then follow Hawkshead sign. In 2.5m inn sign on right, 1m up hill

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