Pub/inn in the Lakes?

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by Foxster, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

    Going to do an overnight camp in the Lakes at the beginning of January. It's going to be dark by the time we get up there, so planning to stay at a pub and make an early start the next day.

    Recommendations?

    I suppose it might be handy to be able to leave the car at the pub, so somewhere near a "good bit" would be nice. I had in mind a romp around the Great Gable, Pillar, High Stile area but not set on that.

    Oh and not Wasdale Head Inn before someone suggests it.
  2. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    I’ve stayed at the Boot inn a couple of times. Nice :)
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  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    White Lion, Patterdale used to be good* - but I think it has changed hands since I was last there (a fair while ago)

    *fish finger sandwiches; say no more
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  4. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Always enjoyed the Kirkstile Inn (Loweswater) - something rather special about the place, in the shadow of Melbreak and a hub of local rural life. Good for the Grassmoor and High Stile ranges (or the Loweswater hills if you're not feeling that energetic), and has a car park. Happy memories...
  5. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I was at White Lion a few weeks ago, no fish finger sandwiches on the menu then. I stayed at Patterday YHA, single room to myself and a short walk to the pub. Only £25 for the night. I think the pub was £60 from memory.

    The YHA were OK with me leaving the car. No parking at White Lion, parking about £4.50 a day down the road at the hotel.
  6. stormin'

    stormin' Section Hiker

    Strands Hotel, Nether Wasdale. An old school pal has the farm over the road.
  7. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Sykeside camping site at brothers water for pub and b&b and bunkhouse and car parking while in the fells( small fee).
    Breakfasts served and log fire in the evenings.
    Dove crag & the Fairfield horseshoe or up onto the Kentmere horseshoe and surrounding fells. Helvellyn range a short drive away.
  8. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    You can walk from, to, and around pubs?
    OH, THE HUMANITY.
    That sounds truly wonderful. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  9. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    patterdale yha is really nice. Many varnished pine structures (bunk beds). A throwback to 1970s beards and monopoly boards in the games cupboard.

    river view inn in patterdale also seems good. I didn’t stay there but walking chums did
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  10. Slowcoach

    Slowcoach Summit Camper

    I am barred from the White Lion because I had the audacity to give an honest opinion on trip advisor.
  11. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    White lion annoyed me. Can’t say exactly why but something to do with faux authenticity.
  12. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    I am barred from The Boot Inn, Eskdale. For life. It was back in the 1980s. A mate and I had booked in for several nights. We took one look at the crappy room and tossed a coin to see who would tell the proprietor, a rather muscular and intimidating gentleman. I lost.
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  13. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    ...it was still called the Burnmoor Inn back then, so I suppose it could be argued that I'm possibly no longer barred as they've since changed the name (and presumably the management/ownership too). But as it's the only establishment that's ever barred me, it's kind of nice to just nurse the grudge.

    At that time I would go to the Lake District often, because I was doing a slow round of all the 'Wainwrights'. Not being much of a camper, I'd use B&Bs, guest houses, pubs, farms and suchlike. Hotels were a bit out of my reach financially, unless 'on a promise' of course. No internet, no TripAdvisor, no reviews, so you bought one of those accommodation handbooks from WH Smith and made a telephone call, or just asked around in the local pub. I still have one of these books, complete with my remarks and gradings (from A to D) in the margins. Eskdale was a peculiar case, because I never found anywhere even half-decent to stay, unlike the rest of the District where things were fine as a rule. Sad to reflect that many of those lovely and kind hosts will have passed on.
  14. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    I’m missing cultural context and i have no idea if this is meant to be a good or a bad thing
  15. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    It's supposed to be ambiguous or, more accurately, both simultaneously.

    Good because it's bad.

    We love to moan.
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  16. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

    Depends on the "fish fingers" too.

    A pub near here do their own which are about the size of small chip shop cod-in-batter in homemade bread. <Drools>
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  17. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: bah...

    Generic fish fingers..
    Cheap white bread..
    Margarine..
    Ketchup if you are a degenerate.
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  18. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: That's gourmet Ed for you.
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  19. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    But what about the BEER? What would you follow that with Ed? Hearty ale, IPA, Old peculiar. What's a good drop at the White (Kimba) Lion? Please don't say a tasty Sauvignon blanc.
  20. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

    I think the best wine with fish and chips is Jacob's Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Pretty sure it would go luverly with fish fingers too.
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  21. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Living a few miles from Masham I've grown to expect better beer than they have in the Lakes.
    We have a pub near us does something similar. In addition serves a nice pint of Theakstons best
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
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  22. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    A cold Brewdog Punk AF...

    It's been 6-7 years since I went to the White Lion...
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  23. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Section Hiker

    Mmmm Brewdog.
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  24. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Jennings Bitter. A Cumbrian local told me you have to be raised on it to like it. Tastes like a cross between an IPA and Brown Ale, and weaker than either. Not unpleasant.
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  25. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Jennings took over our village pub in North Yorkshire. It almost killed the heart of the community trying to force us to stop drinking proper Yorkshire beer for that stuff. Of course if you come from other parts of the country you'll probably like it :wacky::wacky::wacky:

    I think that the Jennings pubs are now owned by Marston's, not sure about the brewery, but the beer hasn't got any better.
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