Stylish inn with open-plan smart rooms, a good choice of drinks, interesting food and seats outside; fine bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
If you want a break from the M6, this historic 18th-c inn is just the place. There are spreading open-plan bars with beams, a nice mix of antique dining chairs and tables, comfortable leather sofas and armchairs in front of a large woodburning stove, hunting prints and cartoons on grey-painted walls, rugs on wooden floors, fresh flowers and daily papers; background music. High bar stools sit beside the granite-topped counter, where neatly dressed, friendly staff serve Bowness Bay Swan Blonde, Kirkby Lonsdale Monumental, Thwaites Wainwright and a couple of guests on handpump, ten wines by the glass, ten gins and local vodka; board games. There are rustic wooden tables and chairs under parasols behind a white picket fence, with more in the back garden. Bedrooms are cosy, attractive and comfortable.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as lunchtime sandwiches and sharing boards, the wide choice of food includes seared duck livers in brandy cream sauce on toasted brioche, salad of whipped goats cheese, parma ham and baby beetroot, wild boar and damson sausages with caramelised onion mash and red wine sauce, chargrilled halloumi salad with orange, mint, toasted walnuts, beetroot and diced potatoes, burger with toppings, pickles and chips, sage-roasted chicken with confit garlic and wild mushrooms, and puddings such as chilled chocolate fondant with honeycomb and peanut butter ice-cream and vanilla crème brûlée with gin and tonic sorbet.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms