Askham, near Ullswater. The Queen’s Head

‘A village pub with a difference,’ say the Lowther family owners of this 17th century, AA four star gold inn, one of 25 ‘cosy pubs for walkers’ in The Sunday Telegraph in early 2022.

Not only do you get local beers and ‘super-posh pub grub’ - the Queen’s Head has an AA Rosette for the quality of its food - but there’s the Health Barn just across the road, offering a range of therapeutic and relaxation treatments and workshops.

As for staying the night, accommodation is in one of six individually styled bedrooms, those rooms modelled on ‘similar luxurious principles’ to Askham Hall (hotel), just down the road. The hotel, the Queen’s Head and the George & Dragon, in the nearby village of Clifton, are all part of the Askham Collection.

Creating a ‘health and wellbeing hub’ in the Lake District is the aim of the Lowthers, with plenty of walking routes on the doorstep (Ullswater over the hill, the River Lowther closer still), dishes cooked with vegetables, fruit and meat from Askham Hall and the Lowther Estate, and the Health Barn itself which, apart from treatments and workshops, also offers a flotation tank, ‘the only one of its kind in Cumbria’. 

The Queen’s Head, Askham, Penrith CA10 2PF: 01931 712350, Allium, the restaurant at Askham Hall, has a Michelin star.

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