More pubs in Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes

Bassenthwaite Lake. The Pheasant Inn. An atmospheric bar with mellow polished walls, cushioned oak settles and country prints on the wall is one of the attractions of this 17th century coaching inn. The Pheasant’s garden overlooks woodland. Part of The Inn Collection Group. 

Boot. Brook House Inn. A short walk from Dalegarth station, with up to ten real ales in summer (three or more in winter) and about 180 malt whiskies. Restaurant here too. One of three hosts of the Boot Beer Festival, held every year in June.

Cockermouth. The Castle Bar. You’ll find enough beams here to build a fleet of longboats. The smallish bars, restaurant and lounge of this part-16th century building are split over three floors. Five real ales, beer garden.

Eskdale. Bower House Inn. Dating back to the 18th century, the oldest parts of the inn are the low beamed restaurant, the residents’ lounge and half of the bar. Garden overlooks a cricket field and Muncaster Fell. 

Eskdale. Woolpack Inn. Almost the last building of any size if you’re heading east from Eskdale over Hardknott Pass. Half a dozen hand-pulled beers in the bar while the Hardknott Café has a huge, high definition TV screen. Games room and beer garden. 

Hesket Newmarket, near Caldbeck. The Old Crown. Generally regarded as Britain’s first co-operatively owned pub, with books, walking boots, climbing equipment and mountaineering photographs in the main bar. ‘Beer miles’ are zero because the ales come from Hesket Newmarket Brewery next door. That’s also a co-op.

Keswick. Dog and Gun. Busy pub with wood and flagstoned floors, open fire, settles and mountain photographs on the walls. Up to six beers on handpump. Well known for its Hungarian goulash, and for being dog friendly. 

Keswick. The Wainwright. Up to eight real ales are served, with a list on the website of where in Cumbria they are brewed. A blackboard on the wall tells you what’s ‘coming soon’ (beer-wise). Lots of pictures relating to fell-walking author Alfred Wainwright.

Lorton, near Cockermouth. The Wheatsheaf Inn. Cosy 17th century inn across the road from the River Cocker. Small room to the left has fishing rods and old books; a bigger, wood-panelled space houses the bar and dining area. Up to six Jennings beers. Beer garden.

Rosthwaite, Borrowdale. Scafell Hotel. Check out the Borrowdale Fell Race winner’s board above the fireplace in the Riverside Bar as you sample a beer or one of over 60 malt whiskies. Bar overlooks the river. Seating outside. 

Stonethwaite, Borrowdale. Langstrath Country Inn. Big favourite of walkers in a lovely location in Borrowdale. Small bar has a fire and old photographs on the wall; lounge and restaurant. Oldest part of pub dates back to late 16th century. Good Pub Guide 2021. 

Threlkeld. Horse and Farrier. Beams, fires and flagstones all add to the atmosphere of the pub which sits just below Blencathra. Date above the main door is 1688. Six beers on handpump. Jennings pub. Good Pub Guide 2021.

Wasdale. Wasdale Head Inn. One of Lakeland’s most famous pubs, long associated with walkers and climbers. Reminders of pioneering days on the peaks are all around. Up to seven hand-pulled beers. Ritson’s Bar named after the first landlord, Will Ritson. 

Also Bridge Inn at Buttermere. Bitter End in Cockermouth. Fox and Hounds and Shepherds Arms at Ennerdale Bridge. George Hotel, Keswick Brewery, Bar eS Keswick and Royal Oak in Keswick. Strands and Screes Inn at Nether Wasdale. Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge (‘Biggest Liar in the World’) competition.

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