Occasionally, landlord Mark Cockbain crosses the lane from his yellow-painted, 17th-century pub to fish for salmon and trout in the River Cocker. For visitors it’s the panoramic views of the lush Vale of Lorton from the child-friendly beer garden that matter. The quaint, open-fired bar looks like a gamekeeper’s lodge: “We like our locals to feel at home,” says Mark’s wife, Jackie. Real ales from Jennings in Cockermouth also help in that respect. On the menu are home-made fish cakes, breaded haloumi chips, fresh fish, burgers and local lamb. A gluten-free menu is also available. The end of August is beer festival time.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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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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