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.