Kirkstile Inn

“Traditional pub set among woods, fells and lakes”



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Tucked away next to an old church, this classic Cumbrian inn stands just half a mile from the Loweswater and Crummock lakes. It makes an ideal base for walking, climbing, boating and fishing. The whole place has an authentic, traditional and well-looked-after feel, with whitewashed walls, low beams, solid polished tables, cushioned settles, a well stoked fire and the odd horse harness to remind you of times gone by. You can call in for afternoon tea, but better still would be to taste one of the beers – Loweswater Gold, Grasmoor Dark Ale, Esthwaite Bitter – brewed by landlord Roger Humphreys' Cumbrian Ales – Lake District, in Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead. Robust and wholesome dishes to satisfy the most hearty appetites are freshly prepared using produce from local suppliers listed on the menu.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
Kirkstile Inn


About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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