When people book into our self catering Lake District cottages one of the most popular questions is ‘where is the nearest pub?’. As we all live locally and enjoy a sneaky pint every now and then, we are well equipped to advise and recommend our favourite places to eat and drink. Here is our guide to Bassenthwaite.
A great choice for lunch, the Sun Inn offers a good selection of lunch time sandwiches and evening meals. Formerly a 17th century farmhouse and now a charming pub, the Sun is always busy with locals and visitors alike and is dog friendly.
Mae’s Tearoom in Uldale is a ten minute drive from Bassenthwaite and worth venturing out to. The tearoom is in the old Victorian schoolroom and also hosts a popular art gallery. The owners are passionate about home cooking and have recently expanded their repertoire to include Friday and Saturday nights, and traditional Sunday lunches.
I love the grand frontage of Ravenstone Manor and its setting at the foot of Ullock Pike. Non-residents are welcome in the cosy traditional bar, the pleasant lounge or for dinner in the restaurant. The pretty garden is a lovely spot for afternoon tea. The after dinner cheese board is particularly good.
Directly across the road is Ravenstone Lodge. The lodge has a lovely bistro bar in its old stable block serving good value meals and snacks. The restaurant has lovely views towards Bassenthwaite Lake where you can often see the Ospreys between April and September.
Recently under new ownership, the Embleton Spa hotel is open to non residents for light snacks and bar meals. It has lovely views across to Sale Fell and Wythop Woods and a roaring fire in the winter.
Lyzzick Hall is a 19th Century country house now operating as a hotel with a reputation for fine dining, lovely views and an impressive wine list featuring some rare and unusual vintages.
The Castle Inn is just outside Bassenthwaite Village, open to none residents, Ritson’s Restaurant offers an A la Carte menu and the Lakers bar is a more relaxed setting with open fire and nice view.
The Craggs on the Bassenthwaite Road near Bothel looks most unassuming from the road, but you can be assured of really lovely homey food once inside. The menu is unfussy, simple food prepared to a high standard. You will need to book for their popular Sunday lunch.The cakes are simply divine and most importantly, available to purchase whole and take home!
At the foot of Dodd Wood, the Sawmill is a charming little wooden cabin with an impressive array of former machinery, photos and local information inside. A woodburner keeps the place warm in the colder months and the cakes are simply heavenly! This place is a real gem with friendly staff and generous portions of their homemade hot and cold menu.
In Wythop Mill on the opposite side of the lake is the Pheasant Inn, a former coaching inn dating back to the 17th century, full of history and character. Choose from a variety of dining options in the bistro and restaurant. It is handy to note that you can hire the private dining room that caters for groups of up to 16. The characterful bar houses a unique mix and match collection of decor and furnishings. They have a seriously impressive gin selection not to mention over 50 different single malts.
See our selection of self catering cottages in Bassenthwaite.