The Lake District is an amazing place to travel in the winter with crisp, clear days, invigorating walks, and stunning frosty views. The days are cold, though, so during your day out you might want to take a break in front of a cosy fireplace in one of the Lake District’s fabulous pubs.
The Dog & Gun, Keswick
This famous pub in the centre of Keswick is a haven for travellers and their canine friends. With a long-standing reputation for being dog friendly, you may find yourself outnumbered by man’s best friends! The Dog and Gun serves a delicious selection of food, as well as Woof & Bang Ale – a recipe created by them and brewed at the Keswick Brewery.
Keswick is one of the jewels of the Lake District, with bustling shops, lake cruises on Derwentwater, and a huge array of outdoor activities. After all that, you’ll definitely want to relax in front of the Dog and Gun’s crackling fire.
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Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale
The Wasdale Head Inn is an historic building and one of the remotest pubs in the Lake District. Known as the birthplace of rock climbing, its walls are covered in photos of historic first climbs in the Lake District and abroad. It’s an award-winning Inn, holding the title of Walkers Pub of the Year from The Great Outdoors Awards 2015.
Wasdale boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in the region. Whether you climb England's highest mountain (Scafell), explore its deepest lake (Wastwater), or visit the smallest church (St. Olaf's), don't forget to stop in adn warm your toes at the Wasdale Head Inn.
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The Wilson Arms, Consiton
A family owned pub, with a deli and shop attached, the Wilson Arms is a lovely, friendly pub snugly situated in the shadow of The Old Man of Coniston. Not only does it have a real log fire, but offers the charm of exposed wooden beams and a confortable mix of modern and traditional features.
Why not start off your day with a visit to Brantwood House, which was purchased by Victorian art critic John Ruskin and overlooks Coniston Water? Explore the house and gardens before heading over to The Wilson Arms for a charming evening relaxing by their fire.
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Cuckoo Brow Inn, Ambleside
A finalist in the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2016, the Cuckoo Brow Inn offers fabulous views over Lake Windermere and Hawkshead village. Whether you want to pop in for a pint, or enjoy a delicious meal of locally sourced products, the Inn is a lovely stop-off point on a chilly day.
Ambleside offers walking for all abilities with gentle lakeside strolls and spectacular high-level routes to explore. Why not visit the National Trust home of Beatrix Potter, just a short stroll away from the Inn, and explore the country that inspired the beloved author? Afterwards, potter back to the Inn for an evening in front of the radiant fire.
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Pooley Bridge Inn, Ullswater
Pooley Bridge Inn describes itself as having ‘echoes of a friendly alpine tavern’ and is an ideal location near Ullswater in the North East Lake District. The quaint 19th century inn is dog friendly and offers a spacious bar serving locally sourced homemade food.
Ullswater is a magical area of the Lake District with its beautiful lake, famous walking routes, and ancient history. Whether you want to scale Helvellyn or the challenging Striding Edge or follow the ancient High Street, a prehistoric way over Askham Hill, you’ll want to check in at the Pooley Bride Inn to enjoy its multiple blazing fires.
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Bower House Inn, Eskdale
The Bower House Inn is surrounded by the stunning Eskdale countryside. The 17th Century coaching inn is full of character and offers locally sourced food and locally brewed ales. There is a children’s play area and beer garden with a stream and small wood at the end. Inside is a restaurant and a bar with a roaring open fire.
Why not take a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Steam Railway, step back in time at Hardknott Roman Fort, or visit the corn mill, lovely waterfalls, and old iron ore mine in the village of Boot. Whatever you choose to do, Bower House is a great point to relax and warm up.
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The Eagle and Child Inn, Staveley
The Eagle and Child Inn in Staveley, between Windermere and Kendal, is a friendly and quirky pub with a varied menu of top-quality food. Offering fresh fish on a Friday, gourmet burgers every Thursday, and a selection of specials throughout the week, you can enjoy a tasty meal in front of a toasty fire.
Whether you spend the day exploring the thriving shopping destination of Kendal and its Brewery Arts Centre, or on the steamers across Lake Windermere, don’t miss out on a stop off at this characterful inn.
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Brotherswater Inn, Patterdale
Situated at the bottom of the Kirkstone Pass, the Brotherswater Inn is a sociable pub with plenty of friendly people about ready for a chat, or a ‘crack’ as we say in the Lake District. Serving local ale, the inn also offers fabulous views of Dove Cragg.
The drive up Kirkstone Pass is arduous but rewarding, with incredible views form the top! On your way back down, you can take a breather at the inn and settle down with a beer (or a soft drink for the driver!) in front of their lovely fire.
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The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
One of Sally’s favourite Lake District pubs! The Kirkstile Inn is perfect, with traditional Lakeland food, flagged floors, low beamed ceilings, its own microbrewery and, of course, a roaring fire. The Inn has been running since Tudor times and is situated amongst the stunning fells of the North West Lake District.
Loweswater is a place of simple pleasures – much quieter than other parts of the Lake District, it is nonetheless a stunning place to visit. Take a walk around the Lake, through woods and up gentle hills, and finish off in the wonderful inn to warm your self next to its fire.
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