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The Highland Drove Inn

Convivial village pub deep in the pretty Eden Valley

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

On an old drove road, this 300-year-old country inn recalls the long-vanished days when hardy Highland cattle were driven across open water from Scotland's Western Isles to markets in England. A reputation for high-quality food might suggest it's a destination pub, as indeed it is, but it's more than that, because locals love it too, one attraction being a cask-conditioned ale called Kyloes Kushie. The attractive brick and timber bar, where snacks are available, is furnished with old tables and settles; the more formal dining takes place upstairs in the hunting lodge-style restaurant, where a verandah offers fine country views. The kitchen depends on locally-sourced game, fish and meat, examples including venison rendang, an Indonesian curry with coconut milk and spices; Cumbrian lamb shank slow-braised in Guinness; duck breast marinated in pineapple, chilli and soy sauce; and baked fillet of halibut.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Days closed: Mon lunch
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 12-2 (all week 6pm to midnight Sat noon-2am)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12-2
  • Dinner: all week 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Theakston Black Bull Bitter, Best and Traditional Mild, Eden Brewery Kyloes Kushie, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Symonds

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M6 junction 40, A66 eastbound, A686 to Alston. 4 miles, left onto B6412 for Great Salkeld and Lazonby

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