A pub for more than 500 years with old world charm
At a glance
Open all year
The name makes perfect sense when you arrive. Facing Fell Crag and with Rydal Crag to its rear, it stands alone a little way out of picturesque Grasmere, making it an ideal base for touring the ever-beautiful Lake District. William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for 14 years, called it "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found"; he would probably still think so. Oak beams, inglenooks and winter fires inside, and beer gardens with dramatic views of the fells outside, prove a powerful draw. Along with much-loved real ales like Jennings' Sneck Lifter, there's an extensive cellar of fine wines and a fair few malt whiskies. Traditional home-cooked food is offered from a wide-ranging menu, which at lunchtime offers small, medium and large plates, examples respectively being crab cakes, griddled chicken superfood salad, and home-made steak and kidney pudding. In the evening, begin with warm confit duck leg salad; then wild sea trout and baby leeks; slow-braised lamb shank; or borlotti, haricot and kidney bean chilli. Or you may want to seek inspiration from the steak menu. Last, but by no means least, are Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding, and a platter of local cheeses to finish.