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Accomplished food in peaceful Lake District setting

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
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 is well known for miles around; meals are served in the attractive beamed restaurant, bistro, bar and lounges overlooking the gardens. 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: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


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


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A66 to Cockermouth, 8 miles north of Keswick on left.

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