A 30-minute drive from Windermere, this family-run 16th-century coaching inn in the pretty market town of Sedbergh is an ideal base for Lake District walkers. A range of ales such as Timothy Taylor Landlord and Tetley’s are served in the character bar with its warming log-burner. Once the village smithy, the restaurant serves seasonal food showcasing local producers. Try the award-winning Cumberland sausages or the lamb and root vegetable casserole with mash and pickled red cabbage. Alternatively, the home-made gourmet pizzas are a popular choice, as are the ‘native breed’ steaks.