Great Corby, near Carlisle. The Queen Inn

Right beside the village green, opposite the old smithy, next door to a craft brewery, not far from the River Eden and a few miles from the North Pennines. What a setting for this 18th century pub in a village six miles (9.6km) from Carlisle. 

Come through the front door into the main bar (with open fire) and you’ll see a snug to the left and a dining room to the right. Upstairs is another restaurant area while to the back of the pub is a large, cosy room with easy chairs, sofas and bookshelves lining one wall. There’s also seating outside, beside the pub.

Three beers are on handpump and they’re generally ales from Great Corby Brewhouse, producers of Corby Blonde, Corby Ale, Lakeland Summit, Mandarina and more. The pub has strong links to the brewery, as it does to The Fleece at Ruleholme, a 23 bedroom hotel, 10-15 minutes away which opened in late 2021.

Lunch and dinner are both served at the Queen Inn, with food going from fish finger sandwiches, soup and chargrilled steak baguettes at lunch to seared sea bass, dry cured gammon steak, Cumbrian beef burger steak and Corby Ale pie, vegetable bake and Corby Blonde battered haddock at dinner. 

‘It’s simple, honest, proper food, home cooked, locally sourced and served with love,’ says the pub. A children’s menu - the La’al Un’s menu - is also available. 

The Queen Inn, Great Corby, near Carlisle CA4 8LR: 01228 832032,

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