It seems like Spring might finally have sprung, and while it might be a bit soon to be embarking on summery activities yet, its never too soon to start planning and dreaming for the warmer days. Whether its a post-walk pint or a good old-fashioned pub-grub meal you’re looking for, the Lakes has a second-to-none selection of idyllic pubs in locations which take advantage of beautiful landscape in which they’re set, and when the fine weather allows, its a treat to take advantage of some of the finest terraces and gardens the UK has to offer. Here are five of the best:
1. The Mortal Man, Troutbeck
Not far from Windemere, The Mortal Man makes for a refreshing stop on a ramble around the surrounding country and offers local brews, panoramic views and is dog-friendly!
2 Wainwright’s Inn, Chapel Stile
In the heart of the Langdales, in the picturesque village of Chapel Stile, Wainwright’s Inn is a wonderful watering hole to make for on a summer’s day. The inn is regularly featured in the Good Beer Guide and boasts an extremely pleasant terrace for enjoying the sun (and a tipple).
3. The Three Shires, Little Langdale
4. The Masons Arms, Cartmel Fell
With its covered and heated terrace with unparalleled views over the Winster Valley, the Masons is tempting for al fresco dining almost any time of year. Summer, however, finds the views at their most glorious and, with their enviable selection of beers and menu of hearty British fare on top, The Masons is an unmissable stop for any pub-lover.
5. The Drunken Duck, Ambleside
With spectacular views and beer brewed on site from Lakeland spring water, The Drunken Duck is one to save for a special occasion. A lovingly tended garden is a simply gorgeous setting for a lazy summer afternoon bottle of prosecco. Check out their website for a great guide to nearby walks, some of the best in the Lakes.
That’s all for now. Keep dreaming of sunny, Lake District days to get you through this last cold snap!