10 cosy Lake District pubs you really ought to visit


After a long day hiking, sailing or generally exploring the Lake District, what better way to unwind than with some delicious food and drink in the comfortable surroundings of a cosy Lake District pub?

For those of us who live and work in the Lake District, we are truly spoilt when it comes to choosing a pub to visit. So we thought we’d focus on Windermere and the surrounding area to provide a little inspiration. Here are ten of our favourite cosy pubs, somewhere to while away a lunchtime and afternoon, or spend an evening, enjoying the fine company of family and friends.

The Crafty Baa

Situated in the heart of Windermere, the Crafty Baa is a family run pub and former AA Pub of the Year. If you’re a craft beer fan, this quirky pub is a must visit for any beer connoisseur, with over 100 bottled craft beers from around the world available, on top of the real ales, stouts, porters, IPAs and lagers. Food is served all day (from 11am to 10.30pm) and it’s definitely worth trying. Whether it’s nibbles, platters or hot sandwiches, there’s something to satisfy most appetites.

The Crafty Baa is child and dog friendly.

The Watermill at Ings

Just a couple of miles out of Windermere towards Kendal is the village of Ings and The Watermill Inn, a multi-award winning, family run pub and brewery located on a peaceful lane just surrounded by glorious countryside.

The pub has gained an enviable reputation for brewing its own beers, twelve in total, and many of them have some sort of canine reference in the name, such as Golden Retriever, a Bit’er Ruff or Collie Wobbles, a nod to the dog-friendly nature of the…

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