The Best Pubs in the Lake District

There’s little better than kicking up against a good fire at a classic English pub, with good food and a good brew. Pubs are as closely tied to English culture as they can be, so here we’ve compiled a list of the best in the area for those seeking to unwind.

  • General Burgoyne, Great Urswick
    The General sits comfortably amidst the subdued village of Great Urswick, in the south Lakes. Expect a comfy, friendly atmosphere and a menu complete with local produce.
  • The Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
    Located between Hawkshead and Windermere, the Cuckoo gets as much it can from the local area; food and beer. Welcoming to everyone, the Cuckoo becomes especially alive during the cold evenings.
  • The Golden Rule, Ambleside
    You ever wonder how few pubs burst into inspiring singsongs like they do in the old films? Well you don’t have to wonder at the Golden Rule, as this happens often. Great snack food like pork pies and scotch eggs all goes down with rich ale.
  • The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
    Situated in a great locale, the Kirkstile’s Cumbrian steak-and-ale pie and Loweswater Gold ale is well known for a reason. Also serves vegetarians.
  • Dog and Gun, Keswick
    A must for dog-owners, with incredible range low-cost treats and chews, with free non-alcoholic drinks. The large portions of human food also ensures this will be your dog’s favourite spot.
  • The Black Bull Inn, Coniston
    Neighbouring the Coniston Brewing Company, there’s never any risk of shortage of on-the-tap brews. Kick back with one in the suntrap beer garden.

Getting Around With Suzis Taxiz

So you’ve booked your flight to and stay with Borrowdale Gates Hotel and are looking to spend a wonderful time in the beautiful Lake District, but there’s a problem. The nearest airport is just over 100 miles! Fear not, as Susie’s Taxis has been operating for since 2004, and offers a friendly, safe, 4×4 service that can take you from the airports at Lancaster, Manchester, Blackpool Liverpool and Newcastle to anywhere in the Lake District and across Cumbria.

They operate Keswick to Penrith, Carlisle, and also offer services to Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and Kendal. Their taxis are air-conditioned and cater for local and long-distance journeys for holidaymakers and business clients, with four to eight seats. The Baggage Transfer Service is ideal for those on walking and hiking holidays, including the Coast to Coast walk. As they themselves say, they know the Lake District better than anyone, and can pick you up from almost anywhere!

Wedding taxis and private car hires are also available, and these are all driven by women, so safety is ensured. 07961 589 003 is the number for public phones, 0800 6335746 is the Freephone number in case of loss of signal, and their Keswick Office’s number can be contacted at 017687 36369/36007. Ask for Suzi when calling. Alternatively you can visit their website at http://keswicktaxi.co.uk.

Oh, and the taxis are dog-friendly!

In-Depth Tourist Guides Now Available

Cumbria’s Living Heritage have produced a great Heritage Past Port guide, downloadable from their website, that lists all the unique, secret and not-so-secret attractions to be discovered in the Lake District.

Included wonders among the 33 must-see sites are:

  • A letter ‘written in the hand of God’
  • A 700-year old cat and a fish from the last ice age
  • A bee penthouse
  • ‘First edition’ Beatrix Potter books, sketchbooks, journals, and original artwork in the Beatrix Potter Gallery, to celebrate her 150th birthday
  • A tracing of the life of William Wordsworth
  • William Morris wallpaper
  • A glimpse into the 17th Century Radish Feast
  • England’s largest window
  • A 900-year-old pillar
  • A collection of historic motor cars, including those owned by Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell.
  • A chance to learn the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Greene Knights
  • Muncaster Castle, one of the most haunted buildings in the UK
  • The Quaker Tapestry Museum
  • The aero-engine of the Halifax Bomber LL05
  • The National Trust’s largest collection of medieval and culinary plants
  • The Acorn Bank, owned by the Knights Templar in the 13th Century
  • Topiary depictions of Queen Elizabeth and her Maids of Honour, the Judge’s Wig and monarchy chess pieces
  • The 21 fruits of pomology
  • The Healing Herb Garden

The Heritage Past-Port can be used by group travel organisers to plan your itinerary, and the Cumbria’s Living Heritage website features maps and a group planning tool giving further information about each attraction, including free parking.

Borrowdale Gates’ baking buddies

60 years ago, a local family’s flour mill started using its own flour to produce loaves of bread from their premises in Keswick. Thanks to the family’s high standards, the bread was a big hit with the locals, and Bryson’s of Keswick was born.

Over time, Bryson’s bakery started to diversify into cakes and confectionery, employing bakers and confectioners who could bring a few delicious sweet snacks into the Bryson repertoire. Their reputation soon spread, and Bryson’s were welcomed as a member of the renowned Association of Master Bakers. It didn’t take time for local businesses like Borrowdale Gates to discover the tasty treats on offer, and we were pleased to welcome Bryson’s as one of our suppliers at our four-star hotel so that our visitors could get to sample their delicious offerings just as we had.

Bryson’s love to bake for their customers, and their dedication is obvious. Seven days a week, the highly skilled Bryson’s team start work before dawn, baking everything from scratch. With no genetically modified ingredients, and free from artificial preservatives, colours and flavours, they’re as natural as the Lake District itself.

If you like the Bryson’s products on offer at Borrowdale Gates, you can visit one of their popular tea rooms at Bowness, Keswick or Cockermouth, which offer the full range of products. You can even choose a few items to take away with you for a little taste of the Lake District when you get home. We’d recommend the Borrowdale tea bread, but we’re obviously a little biased!