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The Queen's Head Inn & Restaurant

A true Lakeland pub with guest accommodation

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

Home to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, the liberally whitewashed village of Hawkshead, with its cobbled alleyways and squares, is one of the Lakes' most picturesque. Standing right in the centre of the village, this lively, black-and-white timbered inn has been part of local life since the early 17th century. No great surprise then to find a timeless interior of low beams, wood panelling and slate floors. Real ales travel up from Robinsons of Stockport, while the food owes much to truly local sources. Start with braised pork cheek and creamed parsnip then follow with slow-roasted shoulder of Lakeland lamb with pea purée and curly kale; or pan-fried cod supreme risotto with Jerusalem artichoke crisps. Pub classics and pizzas get a fair billing too. For dessert – good old sticky toffee pudding.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11am–11.45pm (Sunday 12–11.45)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–4
  • Dinner: all week 6–8.30

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


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


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M6 junction 36, A590 to Newby Bridge, 1st right, 8 miles to Hawkshead.

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