Many of the Lake District’s ancient inns survive today and are extra special with their links to the past and the very earliest visitors. Offering some of the best locations for walkers, traditional inns sit at the foot of mighty peaks and fells and at the start of some of the most popular walks. Many also welcome dogs in rooms and public spaces and the selection of heritage inns from old coaching inns and railway inns to beamed 15th and 16th century inns with restaurants are the perfect blend of modern luxury and period features.
A traditional Lakeland inn is the ultimate romantic bolthole with roaring fires, locally sourced food and award-winning Cumbrian ales. The Lake District has a huge number of inns with rooms listed in the Good Pub Guide and recommended by CAMRA. A few Lakeland inns even have their own microbreweries in-house and hearty food is locally sourced. Families are also well catered for in Lake District inns with restaurants and rooms. Many offer children’s menus, spacious family en-suite rooms, beer gardens and great locations with forest cycling, lake cruises, farm/ animal parks and attractions nearby. Find your perfect Lakeland inn and book online or direct with iknow.
Traditional Historic Inns
Heritage Lake District inns welcomed some of the first visitors to the Lakes. They are there quietly in the background of poet William Wordsworth’s ‘Guide to the Lakes’ first published in 1810. In this he writes of two small inns at Grasmere, one welcoming inn at Coniston from which all excursions depart, the inn at the head of Windermere in Low Wood and a ‘roomy inn, with very good accommodation’ at Scale Hill beyond Whinlatter. Innkeepers then were often at the centre of a blossoming tourist trade, offering boat trips and welcome sustenance.
Stay in a traditional Lakeland inn and tread in the footsteps of those first adventurers. You’ll find old 15th, 16th and 17th Century inns across the National Park featuring exposed beams, cosy real fires, slate flagged floors and romantic four poster bedrooms. Enjoy local Cumbrian real ales and delicious pub meals rich in local Lakeland produce, all conveniently in-house served in charming bars and beamed dining areas. Many of the oldest inns sit in some of the most beautiful locations along old coaching routes. They have spectacular fell views from rooms and you can take your pick of fell walks direct from your village inn.
Inns with Restaurants & Microbreweries
Home-cooked hearty pub food and Lakeland’s finest real ales are a big attraction for many choosing to stay in a Lake District inn for a weekend break or walking getaway. Onsite restaurants and in some cases microbreweries offer the convenience of delicious food and drink in-house, ready and waiting on your return from a days walking or cycling in the National Park. Special diets and child-friendly meals are well catered for and the majority of Lakeland pubs serve locally sourced food for lunch and evening meals. Breakfasts are also excellent, always hearty and guaranteed to get you off to a good start for walking and touring. Pubs with rooms and in-house micro-breweries are a real treat for real ale lovers and you’ll find a good selection of these in Cumbria and the Lakes.
Families are warmly welcomed in many Lakeland inns with large family en-suite rooms and child discounts. They’ll happily provide cots and high chairs, and restaurants will serve special children’s meals. Stay in a family friendly Hawkshead inn and be close to great family cycling in nearby Grizedale. A Bowness inn with family rooms puts you close to boat trips on Lake Windermere and a host of family activities and attractions in the Central Lakes. Choose an inn with convenient private parking and extras such as free use of leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool in a nearby hotel. Rural inns often offer accommodation separate from the main bar area, ideal for families, and they’ll even feature onsite cottage accommodation with full B&B service and the convenience of a pub restaurant just next door for lunch and evening meals. They’re the perfect choice for active family holidays and many Lake District pubs welcome the family pet too!
Pet Friendly Inns
Pet friendly inns are a real speciality in the Lake District and Cumbria. Village inns welcoming dogs are the perfect base for walking holidays with dogs, and they welcome furry friends in main bar areas and in rooms. Lakeland traditional inns are one of best dog friendly accommodation types in the National Park, with dog water bowls always available and a choice of fell walks from your pub door.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.