More pubs in Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston

Broughton-in-Furness. Manor Arms. Family-run for over 30 years, with up to eight beers on handpump, choice of ciders and 200 plus guest ales served every year. Two bay windows look out over the square, numerous awards dotted around the bar, old photographs, pool table and games. 

Broughton Mills, near Broughton-in-Furness. Blacksmiths Arms. One of 200-300 places on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors and one of the Top Ten Unspoilt Pubs of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2021. Four small rooms, huge flagstones, ancient timbers, a cast iron range, open fires, original oak partitioning, gas lights and a large old table in the main bar.

Chapel Stile. Wainwrights’ Inn. A former farmhouse, gunpowder factory manager’s house, petrol station and hotel. Slate floor, low beams and a roaring fire; outside there are views to the Langdale fells. Six beers on handpump.

Coniston. Black Bull Inn and Hotel. You can’t get any closer to the Coniston Brewing Company, which produces two supreme champion beers of Britain - Bluebird Bitter and No.9 Barley Wine - than this 400 year old former coaching inn.

Elterwater. Britannia Inn. Blazing fires, oak beams, two small bars, a lounge, a hall, a dining room and slate-flagged floors give this former coaching inn plenty of character. Popular with walkers. Big area outside. ‘A rather special place set in spectacular scenery,’ said the Good Pub Guide 2021. 

Far Sawrey. Cuckoo Brow Inn. Biggish bar has a double-sided wood burner, a mix of furniture and country scenes on the wall. A separate stable bar comes with horse stalls and sloping floor. Four beers on handpump. Seating outside. 

Grasmere. Poet’s Bar at Lancrigg. This atmospheric little bar was once the library of John Richardson, the naturalist and explorer who lived at Lancrigg - now a hotel - in the 1860s. Good views of the fells through the windows or from the outside terrace. 

Grasmere. Tweedies Bar. A travelling merchant used to come here between 1922-76 and sell his tweed - hence the name Tweedies - but now beer is the big draw, with eight real ales on handpump. Large beer garden.

Great Langdale. Hikers’ Bar, Old Dungeon Ghyll. Generations of walkers and climbers have trod the sloping, flagstoned floors here, looking at the climbing photographs and equipment which adorn the walls. Some seats built into old cow stalls. Great location near the head of Great Langdale. Six ales on handpump. Good Pub Guide 2021. 

Great Langdale. Sticklebarn. Owned and run by the National Trust and well patronised by walkers and climbers. Woodburning stoves, mountaineering photographs, five beers on handpump and, upstairs, a big screen for showing films.  

Hawkshead. Queen’s Head Inn and Restaurant. One of Robinsons Brewery’s Individual Inns. A black and white timbered exterior and an L-shaped, partially-flagstoned main bar inside, with low beams, wood panelling, an open fire and a mix of paintings, prints, plates and old photographs. Wood panelled dining room at the back.

Little Langdale. Three Shires Inn. Finalist for Pub of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2022. Named after the point nearby where Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire once met. The main back bar, snug and restaurant have a mix of beams and wooden and slate floors while the residents’ lounge has an open fire. Four/five beers on handpump. Outdoor seating. Good Pub Guide 2021.

Near Sawrey. Tower Bank Arms. Next door to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top, this homely 17th century pub features as the small country inn in her book, The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. The bar has a slate floor, a grandfather clock and an old cooking range. A restaurant is at the back. Good Pub Guide 2021. 

Rydal. Badger Bar, Glen Rothay Hotel. ‘Nothing fits and nothing’s normal - from the wonky floors to the even wonkier walls,’ say the family owners of this 17th century inn. Log fires in the bar, old wood panelling on the walls. Handpumps dispense a changing selection of four ales.

Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Newfield Inn. William Wordsworth came over here from Coniston in 1804 and countless other walkers and climbers have visited this 17th century pub ever since. The inn’s not far from Walna Scar where the slate on the floor in the ‘round table bar’ was originally quarried. Four beers on handpump.

Also Outgate Inn at Outgate, near Hawkshead. The Eagle’s Head at Satterthwaite, near Grizedale Visitor Centre. 

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