A pint or two after a long day in the hills: what could be more satisfying. There are some great pubs in the Lake District and we’ve chosen our favourite five “locals” to share with you.
OUR nearest is the Britannia, virtually stumbling distance away from our front gate. A traditional Lakeland inn, it’s at the heart of the village overlooking the green where visitors sit outside – when the actual beer garden overflows. A fire in winter, good pub food. Range of speciality beers including the locally brewed Langdale Blonde and Langdale Pale, and they have a beer festival in late autumn.
UP at the head of Langdale you’ll find two of our favourites, that are also loved by walkers and climbers. The more modern Sticklebarn is actually owned and run by the National Trust. It lies at the foot of Stickle Gill (which tumbles down from the Langdale Pikes, via Stickle Tarn) and here they recognise that just about every visitor will arrive foot-weary and often muddy after an exhilarating hike. So there’s a clothes dryer over the fireplace, towels for wet dogs, books for you to curl up with on the sofa. Some nights they show films in the upstairs bar. Oh, and there’s food and drink all day and all evening, of course.
ANOTHER half mile along the road is the legendary Old Dungeon Ghyll, that’s been welcoming visitors for more than 300 years. The Hikers’ Bar has seen the great and the gritty of the climbing world gather after epic adventures, and was the “local” for the notorious Wall End barn gang, which included the likes of Don Whillans and Joe Brown. It’s soaked in atmosphere and the dubbin of ancient hiking boots.
Of course, you might not want to move from our cosy sitting room before or after dinner, and you’ll be pleased to know that we sell a range of locally brewed beers including Coniston Bluebird and Jennings’ Cockerhoop. What are your favourite pubs – and beers?