Pubs and Bars

The Lake District has a wealth of historic pubs and inns to explore, some of which date back centuries. Roaring fires and low ceilings are still very much the norm, and many pubs offer their own range of home-brewed ales.

 

And after a brisk day on the fells, there’s no better place to relax than in one of the Lake District’s numerous pubs and inns. Many have a history stretching back centuries and are full of character, with stout beams, flagstone floors and crackling log fires. There’s a growing focus on food and drink, too: craft ales, beer festivals and microbreweries abound, and many places serve food that’s closer to fine dining than pub grub.

 

The Lake District and Cumbria is considered by many to be the best county in the UK for the choices of traditional Pubs, Bars & Inns. Many of the pubs have won various accolades in the eating out guides and the national press. The Michelin Pub Guide has awarded its 'Pub of the Year' title to Lake District pubs and inns on several occasions in recent years. Despite their size, some of the smaller towns and villages offer the best choice with Kirkby Lonsdale and Cartmel springing to mind, with both hosting award-winning hostelries.

Hawkshead Brewery

Hawkshead Brewery

The light and airy beer hall at this acclaimed brewery near Staveley is the perfect place to stop off for a pint or two. Shrug down into a sofa for an evening tasting top-notch ales, including the much-loved Hawkshead Bitter. If you’re not a fan of the hop, try a glass of white wine, directly imported from France. Plus there’s regular live music at weekends in the bar.

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The Angel Inn

The Angel Inn

The Angel Inn offers the best of Lakeland hospitality, whether you are coming for a relaxing break, stopping off for a quick beer, sitting down to a long lunch or just popping your head in to take a look around. The pub situated in the very heart of Bowness on Windermere, a bustling village on the edge of England’s largest lake. The menu here offers pub-grub classics, hot and cold sandwiches and classy puddings.

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The White Cross Pub

The White Cross Pub

The White Cross Pub is peacefully set in a 130 year old former cotton mill warehouse. They are on the edge of the Lancaster Canal and just five minutes walk from Lancaster City Centre. The White Cross offers an excellent range of freshly prepared home cooked food, the best selection of cask ales in the city, fine wines, ciders, chilled lagers and a warm friendly welcome.

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