'Famous Lake District pub in stunning Loweswater,’ says the Kirkstile whose habitat is pure, unadulterated Lakeland. Mellbreak, Grasmoor, Low Fell and others stand like sentinels around the 16th century building while Crummock Water is a few minutes away along a track. Loweswater and Buttermere are not far away either. 

‘A fine location for this well run, popular inn, with a busy bar, own-brewed beers, good food and friendly welcome,’ is how the Good Pub Guide 2021 summed up the Kirkstile.

Downstairs there are three bar areas and a restaurant, elsewhere there are 11 nicely refurbished bedrooms. Seven of them - six doubles and one twin - are in the main building. Two ground floor rooms have a separate access and there’s also a self-contained family suite with one double, one twin room and a bathroom. 

The Kirkstile’s own Cumbrian Ales beers, Loweswater Gold and Grasmoor included, are two of those on the three handpumps in the atmospheric main bar. Loweswater Gold was Champion Golden Ale of Britain at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival 2011.

Savouring the drinks and the cracking views of Mellbreak from the large beer garden is a favourite summer occupation. And making the most of the ‘stunning walks’, as the Good Pub Guide called them, is a popular pastime too. Just as well then that the breakfasts - as the guide says - are ‘especially good’.

Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, near Cockermouth CA13 0RU: 01900 85219, www.kirkstile.com 

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