A lengthy walk over the fells is worth so much more when the reward is a pint in one of the many fine Lake District pub. We all have our favourites, for many different reasons, and I’ve shared three of mine below. Do you agree? And can you suggest any other gems that should be top of the pubs? The classic inn at Wasdale Head, pehaps? Stickle Barn, mabye? I’m really interested in starting a debate and kicking some names around of great places to go after a walk on the fells because in the book I am writing I am going to include a recommended pub for a pint after the walk. Share your tips and memories!
Black Bull, Coniston: The Bluebird Beer tastes so great here – probably because its brewed on site. It’s much better to experience it here than in a bottle at home, and you’ll get a lower carbon footprint because there are fewer food miles. Everyone’s a winner. Result!
Brackenrigg Inn, Ullswater: Award winning food here and a good selection of ales, but it’s the view over Ullswater that helps win you over. And I got engaged here, so I’m slightly biassed.
Dog And Gun, Keswick: There’s a fine range of ales here that changes regularly, as can be seen from the range of beer labels adorning the walls. There’s some great food, too, though I always restrict my choice to either Cumberland Sausage or the famous goulash. An extra treat is the chance to donate cash to the mountain rescue team via the cracks in the slate walls.
What are your favourites? Share them by commenting on the blog – or on Twitter @peternaldrett