The cosy pub guide

With winter on the way its a good time to scout out the cosiest pubs the Lakes has to offer in which to seek refuge from the chilly northern weather. To this end, here are a few tips and links to help you choose your bolt hole.

The Punch Bowl

The Guardian readers’ guide to the best Lake District pubs is a very useful resource and is helpfully separated into regions. A special mention ought to be made for The Punch Bowl¬†at Crossthwaite in the unspoilt Lyth Valley. Its the perfect place to make a stop on a brisk winter walk to warm up. Their Christmas menu and events calender look particularly¬†tantalizing.

Photo from George and Dragon website

The George and Dragon

GoLakes also offers a good list of favourite winter haunts. The George and Dragon at Clifton is a particularly attractive 18th century coaching inn, refurbished by local craftsmen. They have a great ethos and rear a lot of their own produce. They also offer delicious seasonal menus.

The Samling

For a special occasion The Samling at Ambleside has just been crowned best boutique hotel in the world! (Read the article here). With beautiful lake views, scrumptious afternoon teas and an award winning menu, its the perfect place to celebrate this winter.