Traveller’s Rest is 16th-century coaching inn on the outskirts of picturesque Grasmere in the…
The Travellers Rest Inn
“A pub for more than 500 years with old world charm”
The name makes perfect sense when you arrive. Facing Fell Crag and with Rydal Crag to its rear, it stands alone a little way out of picturesque Grasmere, making it an ideal base for touring the ever-beautiful Lake District. William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for 14 years, called it "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found"; he would probably still think so. Oak beams, inglenooks and winter fires inside, and beer gardens with dramatic views of the fells outside, prove a powerful draw. Along with much-loved real ales like Jennings' Sneck Lifter, there's an extensive cellar of fine wines and a fair few malt whiskies. Traditional home-cooked food is offered from a wide-ranging menu, which at lunchtime offers small, medium and large plates, examples respectively being crab cakes, griddled chicken superfood salad, and home-made steak and kidney pudding. In the evening, begin with warm confit duck leg salad; then wild sea trout and baby leeks; slow-braised lamb shank; or borlotti, haricot and kidney bean chilli. Or you may want to seek inspiration from the steak menu. Last, but by no means least, are Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding, and a platter of local cheeses to finish.
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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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