George and Dragon

Penrith, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 865381
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£110 - £175
per night

Food grown, foraged and prepared with care, a carefully curated wine list, roaring fires and very comfortable bedrooms to sink into


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£110 - £175 per night

The Experience

Award-winning head chef Gareth Webster does perfect justice to the slow-grown breeds of beef, pork and lamb produced on the Lowther Estate – and you’ll find lovely wines to match. Ales and cheeses are local, berries and mushrooms are foraged, vegetables are homegrown and the menus are comfortingly short, with the addition of fabulous Sunday lunches.

The long low coaching inn has been beautifully restored by craftsmen using wood, slate and stone, and painted in colours in tune with the period. Bare wooden tables, comfy sofas, intimate alcoves and crackling fires make this a delightful place to dine and unwind; old prints and archive images tell stories of the 800-year-old estate’s history.

Upstairs are 10 bedrooms (all dog-friendly) of varying sizes, two with roll top baths, all perfectly decorated. In summer sip a glass of something cool in the pretty garden while you choose what to eat. You’re a hop from the Lakes.

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We think you'll love

  • The outstanding food at breakfast, lunch and supper. You may have to loosen your belt
  • Being looked after by such exceptionally well-trained and friendly staff
  • Taking a short drive to the Lakes for swimming and walking, returning to a good dinner and comfy rooms
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You should know

  • The Inn sits on a busy road – so it's not possible to start walks from the door
  • Dogs are charged at £15 per stay


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £110
Extra folding available in certain rooms, £35 per person per night.
5 Doubles
1 Single
2 Family rooms for 4
2 Twin/doubles


Booking information

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26 December.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Doggy welcome pack with a treat, a map of local walks and a doggy bag.

Dogs are charged at £15 per stay for 1 dog, or £25 per stay for 2 dogs or more (maximum 3 per room).

Dogs welcome in the bar dining area and bedrooms (not the main restaurant). Woodland trails and riverside walks nearby; walks up Askham Fell.

Lunch & dinner from £12. Sunday lunch from £12.95.


An absolute delight! The George & Dragon has a lovely atmosphere, warm interiors, and super welcoming staff. We’re going to stay a little longer next time.

Nicole, Bristol

The George and Dragon is a gem of a pub. The food is so good that you won't want to try anywhere else! Don't miss the cauliflower steak or scallops. But also the very friendly staff (who made such a fuss of our dog!) and gorgeous quirky decor make this a very special place.

Caroline, Sawday's Inspector

Lovely place to stay , comfortable, not far from the M6 motorway, so good as a stopping off place. The room was comfortable, and the food was good. The outstanding part were the staff who were super friendly, efficient, and helpful. This included bar staff , front of house, and the housekeeper. We had a dog who was welcomed . There are separate dining areas so dog lovers and others alike were treated equally. There were lots of couples, families, and everyone were made to feel very well looked after and relaxed. We would definitely visit again.

Andrew and Christine, Oswestry

We had a lovely break at the George and Dragon at Cifton close to Pooley Bridge in the Lakes. Great food, comfortable room and welcoming and obliging staff. I would recommend this hotel for a very relaxing stay close to Ullswater


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The neighbourhood

You're very close to Penrith and the station is just a few minutes away. Here you'll find cobbled streets, a vibrant community and lots of independent shops, restaurants and pubs. The Lakes are a 30-minute drive but there's great walking here in the Eden Valley, good swimming in Ullswater, fells to hike, bike rides on the quiet back roads to Skiddaw or a wander around Askham Hall gardens.

Local points of interest from The Lowther Family

  • The George and Dragon is situated in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, on the edge of the Lake District close to Lake Ullswater. The surrounding mountains, rivers, lakes, wildlife and history make this an idyllic spot to visit.
  • Much of our produce for the menus at the George and Dragon is grown and reared in the gardens and fields at our sister establishment Askham Hall. A restaurant, luxury accommodation and party barn are also available here.
  • In 2019 the owners also acquired the Queen's Head Askham, just a short walk away from Askham Hall. With six spacious bedrooms suitable for families and a restaurant serving healthy hearty food, it is the perfect resting place after an invigorating day out.
  • Visit the Lowther family Estate and Castle and gardens, within an easy walk or short drive from the George and Dragon.
  • The George and Dragon is situated in Clifton village located on the side of the old A6. Once the main highway north – before the M6 was built – this road is now much quieter.
  • There are a number of nearby woodland trails and the famous Rebel oak tree, where the rebel army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and driven out of England. Clifton marks the site of the last battle to take place on English soil in 1745.


The Lowther Family

The Lowther family own and run a trio of places to eat, drink and sleep in the Eden Valley, on the edge of the Lake District, called the Askham Collection. Charles, a committed custodian of the land, rears slow-grow breeds of beef, pork and lamb on the Lowther Estate that find their way onto the menu in each place. You're looked after by friendly, professional staff wherever you go.