Crook, near Windermere. The Wild Boar

Who doesn’t warm to a blazing fire in a lovely old cooking range? That’s what to expect on cooler days when you step through the door of this well known, welcoming inn, four miles (6.4km) east of Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. 

Take a seat in the flagstoned bar or snuggle down in one of the comfy chairs in the bar-lounge and savour The Wild Boar’s ‘Alternative Afternoon Tea’. That means mini fish and chips; popcorn chicken and damson ketchup; venison burger; wild boar, chestnut and cranberry sausage roll; followed - conventionally - by scones, jam and cream.

The popular tea is also served in the large, oak-beamed Grill and Smokehouse Restaurant (with open kitchen), the same venue for breakfast, Sunday lunch and dinner as well.  

If you’re eating dinner, start the meal with the likes of pan-seared Scottish scallops; roasted forest mushrooms; or beetroot and feta cheese salad. Then consider, for a main course, possibilities such as roast rump of Cumbrian lamb; roasted haunch of local venison, pan roasted stone bass fillet or beer battered haddock.

There are also dishes from the char-grill like fillet steak, ribeye steak, dry-aged tomahawk steak, and Portuguese espetada. And for a night cap, why not choose a dram from over 100 malt whiskies behind the bar?

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NF: 015394 45225, Undermillbeck is a private dining room here for groups of up to 20 people. The 34 bedroom inn is part of English Lakes Hotels, Resorts & Venues which also has - in the Lake District - The Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa near Ambleside.

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