This lovely pub is more peaceful today than it was in 1745, when the retreating army of ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie was defeated in the nearby village of Clifton. The pub is set on the historic Lowther Estate near Ullswater, where a ruined castle-mansion is set at the heart of pasture, woodland and fells alongside the rushing River Lowther and pretty village of Askham. Meticulously renovated by owner Charles Lowther, this is a traditional inn with contemporary comforts, and the appealing menu majors on the bountiful produce of the estate. Beef is from pedigree Shorthorns; pork from home-reared rare breed stock; while game and most fish is local. Settle in with a pint of Hawkshead Bitter and secure a starter of potted Goosnargh duck liver and leg, spiced plum and brioche followed by Rough Fell lamb, hotpot potato and glazed turnip; or truffled woodland mushroom vegetarian cottage pie with a goat's cheese and chestnut crust and kale. Sharing plates, salads, sandwiches and burgers all vie for space on the menu. There is a secluded courtyard and garden.