by Jane Watson
The Lake District
Perched high above the Kirkstone Valley with a super beer garden, this traditional pub has plenty of room to meet up with fellow walkers, perhaps when you’ve come down off Wansfell or any of the fabulous walks around the valley.
The Mortal Man Inn
…is what you would call a proper pub. There’s no food served here, (you might get some nuts and crisps) but it’s just a good, old-fashioned, drinking pub with a warm hearth and good company. There’s no background music, no noisy games machines, and no big screen television. Just a roaring fire and a great atmosphere.
An ancient coaching inn, once a regular haunt of John Peel, the huntsman, and now has a couple of interesting bars and rooms and of course, a log fire in winter. You’ll enjoy fine dining and local ales.
This traditional country bar has its own micro brewery, and small farm producing much of the excellent meat and vegetables used. The traditional country bar is beamed and has a crackling log fire to warm you through after a walk through the pretty Winster Valley.
This beautiful valley is famous for its orchards and damson trees. Another superb dining pub, offering delicious meals in the modern restaurant from the award-winning kitchen. Sample the excellent local ales or damson gin in one of the cosy bar areas, and snuggle up by the fire and read the papers.
Cosy log fire in the bar at the Punch Bowl
With its own craft brewery on the premises, the 12+ real ales span a caramel-infused Ruff Justice to a citrusy Isle of Dogs and Collie-Wobble in between. Think traditional pub grub with large portions and a seasonal menu. Fires in various of the bars, and lots of outside space when the weather is kind.
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