Multi-award-winner by the headwaters of the River Eden
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Open all year
Kids play area
The fells rise all around the conservation village of Ravenstonedale and this handsome, many-gabled, 19th-century inn, owned and run for 13 years by the enterprising Louise Dinnes. In the friendly bars, where dried hops droop from the ceiling, at least eight wines are served by the glass, and the real ales roster features regulars from the Black Sheep brewery and rotating local guests, and a gallery-worth of framed pictures, large over-mantel mirror and comfortable furnishings echo the inn's early high-Victorian days. Award-winning seasonal menus, prepared by Scott Fairweather and his team, apply in both bars, the lounge and in the two beautifully decorated restaurants. An idea of their skills will be apparent from celeriac and apple soup, prunes and black pudding on toast as a starter; chicken and chestnuts with pancetta, mushrooms and tarragon sauce; or perhaps roasted pork and octopus with chorizo, lentils and grilled sweetcorn to follow; and banana bavarois with tropical fruit to round off. Overnight guests have 16 tastefully decorated, en suite rooms to choose from, with dogs welcome in the four that are in the annexe. They're also welcome in the three glamping tents in the tranquil riverside gardens, where you might even spot a red squirrel.