Stretching as far as the eye can see, the woods, fells and lakes are as much a draw today as they must have been in the inn’s infancy some 400 years ago. The beck below meanders under a stone bridge, with oak trees clinging to its banks and the mighty Melbreak towering impressively above. Tucked away next to an old church, this classic Cumbrian inn stands just half a mile from the Loweswater and Crummock lakes. It makes an ideal base for walking, climbing, boating and fishing. The whole place has an authentic, traditional and well-looked-after feel, with whitewashed walls, low beams, solid polished tables, cushioned settles, a well stoked fire and the odd horse harness to remind you of times gone by. You can call in for afternoon tea, but better still would be to taste one of the Cumbrian Legendary Ales – Loweswater Gold, Grasmoor Dark Ale, Esthwaite Bitter – brewed by landlord Roger Humphreys in Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead. Robust and wholesome dishes to satisfy the most hearty appetites are freshly prepared using produce from local suppliers listed on the menu. For a light lunchtime meal, tuck into an omelette with dressed leaves; or a tatie pot – Lakeland lamb stew with vegetables, potatoes, and pickled red cabbage. In the evening, start with a smoked duck breast with chilli, cashew and spring onion salad, watercress and hoi sin dressing. To follow look to the specials board for the Cumbrian steak or fish of the day. Finish nicely with a mixed berry and Prosecco jelly, or choose the Cumbrian cheeseboard.
Real ales: Cumbrian Legendary Ales Loweswater Gold, Esthwaite Bitter, Grasmoor Dark Ale and Langdale
Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press
Credit cards accepted
Beer festival, Contact pub for details
Family room available
From A66 Keswick take Whinlatter Pass at Braithwaite. Take B5292, at T-junction left onto B5289. 3 miles to Loweswater. From Cockermouth B5289 to Lorton, past Low Lorton, 3 miles to Loweswater. At red phone box left, 200 yards