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Accomplished food in peaceful Lake District setting

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Garden
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

At the foot of the Sale Fell and close to Bassenthwaite Lake, this 17th-century former coaching inn occupies a peaceful spot in the Lake District and is surrounded by lovely gardens. Once a farmhouse, the pub today combines the role of traditional Cumbrian hostelry with that of an internationally renowned modern hotel. Even so, you still sense the history the moment you walk through the door – the legendary foxhunter John Peel, whose “view halloo would awaken the dead”, according to the song, was a regular here. In the warmly inviting bar, with polished parquet flooring, panelled walls and oak settles, hang two of Cumbrian artist and former customer Edward H Thompson’s paintings. Here, you can order a pint of Coniston Bluebird or Hawkshead Bitter, or cast your eyes over the extensive selection of malt whiskies. The high standard of food, recognised by two AA Rosettes, is well known for miles around; meals are served in the attractive beamed restaurant, bistro, bar and lounges overlooking the gardens. Light lunches served in the lounge and bar include open sandwiches, baguettes and haggis scotch egg, as well as main courses such as Cumberland sausages, buttered Savoy cabbage and mashed potato; roast fillet of hake with brown butter, cockles and sherry vinegar dressing, tender stem broccoli and triple cooked chips. A three course dinner in the restaurant could feature carpaccio of beef with confit yolk, parmesan and watercress; fillet of sea bass, braised squid, warm king prawn salad and sauce vierge; and pistachio financier, strawberry and white chocolate. Treat the family to afternoon tea with home-made scones and rum butter. The Pheasant can get pretty busy, so booking ahead for meals may be required.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: all week 12-4.30
  • Dinner opening: all week 6-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Coniston Bluebird Bitter, Hawkshead Bitter, Cumbrian Legendary Ales Loweswater Gold
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Accessibility

  • Accessible toilets

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A66 to Cockermouth, 8 miles north of Keswick on left

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