Pubs and the Lake District go together like... well, we can't think of any combinations that are as good. Finding good food is a little trickier though. So if you're a foodie walker, get yourself along to these classic Lakeland locales after a hard day's trek to see if their fare is worth the fuss...
Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
This traditional hostelry is the epitome of a cosy Lakeland inn and perfect for a post-walk pint and meal, with its open fire, award-winning beer and hearty food. The Kirkstile was a finalist in CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2016, and is fabulously positioned in the north-west of the Lakes, and is a great base for easy access to many classic hillwalking locations. You can stay from £53 per night.
The Old Stamp House, Ambleside
The Old Stamp House in Ambleside is earning a bit of a reputation despite being a relative newcomer, with rave reviews locally and nationally. You can sample the best of what Cumbria has to offer with its Taste of Cumbria menu, which is £50 a head for five courses.
The George, Keswick
The legendary Cow Pie at The George in Keswick has over 1000 rave reviews on TripAdvisor. They are gigantic and hit the spot after a hard day in the hills, even the half portion is a hearty meal. If you’re not into meaty treats, there are loads of veggie options too – just make sure you arrive hungry.
The Drunken Duck, Barngates
Indulge yourself with some top-nosh, Drunken Duck-style. Situated not too far from Ambleside, the quirky, rustic decor is the perfect setting for its highly acclaimed food and is the perfect treat after an energetic day for those looking for something a little more refined.
Gate Inn, Yanwath
This 17th century Lakeland country inn has finally reopened after the Cumbrian floods of 2016 and is back to serving quality food in its friendly, cosy atmosphere. Situated just off the M6 in the tiny village of Yanwath, it’s a great little find for a fireside pint, oak beams, romantic nooks, candlelight, or a sunlit cottage garden.