The Horse & Farrier Inn
“Classic Lakeland inn with hard-to-beat views”
From this lovely, late 17th-century Lakeland inn at the foot of Blencathra there are wonderful views across to the Helvellyn range. Within its thick, whitewashed stone walls you’ll find slate-flagged floors, beamed ceilings and open log fires. Cockermouth's Jennings and a guest brewery supply the real ales. The pub has a reputation for good food, dependent on a long-standing commitment to local, seasonal produce. Restaurant starters include buffalo mozzarella, vine tomato and air-dried prosciutto; likely contenders among the mains could be smoked haddock, chive mash; lasagne; mushroom Stroganoff; bean and celery chilli; or lamb shoulder braised in Jennings Cumberland Ale. Six walks start or end here, including ones to Blencathra and Skiddaw.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- 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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