Below the fell on the edge of the beautiful Lune Valley is this sleepy hamlet with its whitewashed 18th-century coaching inn. It’s perfectly situated for exploring the Dales, the Trough of Bowland and the Cumbrian Lakes. The Wilson family and staff ensure a warm welcome in the bar and stylish oak-panelled dining room. Guest ales and beers from Black Sheep can be sampled while perusing the interesting menu which mixes home-grown seasonal produce from valley farms with favourite recipes from foreign fields: starters, for example, include panko-coated king prawns with carrot and mouli noodles; or black pepper smoked mackerel with creamed cheese and smoked salmon roulade. Follow that with tenderloin of pork with black truffle risotto; or pheasant breast wrapped in smoked bacon with onion stuffing. The excellent dessert choice ranges from old fashioned sticky toffee pudding, to brandy and apricot parfait. Food can be served on the lawn in fine weather.
Peaceful inn with lovely views of the fells
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About The area
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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