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.