More pubs in Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness

Ambleside. Golden Rule. A reminder of what public houses were like in the days before wine bars and gastro pubs. An 'honest Lakeland local,’ says the Good Pub Guide 2021. Several bar rooms, colourful summer window boxes. Robinsons’ beers. 

Ambleside. Wateredge Inn. Great views of Windermere’s northern end from this busy pub at Waterhead. Half a dozen beers on handpump. Part of The Inn Collection Group. Good Pub Guide 2021.

Barngates, near Ambleside. Drunken Duck Inn. Well known Lakeland pub which was one of the Top Ten Inns in the Good Pub Guide 2021. It was also one of the Top Ten Own-Brew Pubs (Barngates Brewery) and Top Ten Wine Pubs in the same guide. Cosy main bar, a dining space beside it, two other restaurant areas and seating outside.

Bouth near Newby Bridge. White Hart Inn. 17th century inn whose partially flagstoned bar has old clay pipes, maps, prints, and ancient farm implements on the walls. Flagstoned room off the main bar, a dining area and an upstairs restaurant. Six beers on hand pump. Outside terrace.

Bowland Bridge. Hare and Hounds. New owners in 2021 have certainly put a spring in the steps of this 17th-century coaching inn, turning it into ‘the quintessential British country pub with a modern point of view’. Mix of old furniture, exposed stone walls and oak and flagstoned floors.

Bowness. Hole in t’ Wall. ‘New Hall Inn 1612. Hole in t’ Wall. Oldest tavern in Bowness, frequented by Charles Dickens’, says the sign outside this lively pub. Consequently there’s plenty of character in the split-level bar rooms. Good Pub Guide 2021. 

Brigsteer. The Wheatsheaf Inn. One of Robinsons Brewery’s Individual Inns, The Wheatsheaf is not far from the lovely viewpoint of Scout Scar. Seating outside. Good Pub Guide 2021.

Cartmel Fell. Masons Arms. Great Location, with priceless views over the Winster Valley towards Whitbarrow Scar. ‘One of Cumbria’s most appealing pubs,’ says the Good Pub Guide 2021. ‘Characterful little rooms'. One of Robinsons Brewery’s Individual Inns.

Troutbeck. The Mortal Man. A great location, with the beer garden and the garden room certainly making the most of it. Plenty of beams in the three different parts of the bar, log fires and a pile of old visitors’ books.

Troutbeck. Queen’s Head Hotel. Chunky beams, slate floors, open fireplaces, little alcoves and a bar counter created from an Elizabethan four poster bed give plenty of character to this pub, restored after a major fire in 2014. One of Robinsons Brewery’s Individual Inns.

Windermere. The Crafty Baa. AA Pub of the Year (England) 2018-19. There’s a choice of more than 100 different beers and ciders at this quirky, atmospheric bar. Through a door is the Pie and Pint, ‘the smallest pub in the Lake District’.

Witherslack. Derby Arms. A mix of antique tables and chairs, large rugs on floorboards, ornate plates and figurines, gilt mirrors, prints and paintings are some of the furnishings of the main bar and four other bar areas. Open fires in almost every room. Good Pub Guide 2021.

Also Kirkstone Pass Inn, near Ambleside. Royal Oak at Bowness. 

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