A few miles from Lake Windermere, the Damson Dene Hotel is in an area known for its damson…
The Brown Horse Inn
“An inn of many talents in a lovely setting”
Set in the beautiful and tranquil Winster Valley, just five minutes from Lake Windermere, the white-painted, slate-roofed Brown Horse, with its colourful floral displays, is a former coaching inn, built in the 1850s and full of character and atmosphere, with a subtly contemporary edge to the decor. The pub is virtually self-sufficient: vegetables and free-range meat come from the owners’ surrounding land, and ales are brewed locally. There’s a good choice of classic sandwiches, as well as innovative cooking that offers a contemporary take on traditional fare. Dinner could see a starter of ham hock terrine and home-made piccalilli; or beetroot and gin-cured salmon gravadlax with pickled cucumber. Mains range from North Sea fish pie, with salmon, haddock, prawns and hake; to chickpea and vegetable ravioli, with hummous, sunflower seed pesto and rocket; or something from the grill – maybe 10oz sweet-cured bacon sirloin with pineapple chutney, fried egg and chunky chips. Pudding might be triple chocolate brownie with white chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Dogs are welcome in the bar and the lucky creatures now have their own menu, including bar snacks and main meals.
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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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