Step off a pedestrianised high street, into a cosily traditional haunt. This much-loved inn beside Keswick’s old Moot Hall, with its old dark quarry tiles, long narrow bar, swish wallpapers and comfy seating attracts a diverse crowd: walkers, holiday makers, families, suits. Now it’s pulling in diners too, with accessible menus and local supplies. The crispy duck spring rolls are delicious for kids, although they might be tempted by smaller portions of the hearty mains such as sausage and mash with cider apple chutney. Arrive early and pick a seat by a fire, then order homemade fish pie with parsley mash and mop up bread (winter doesn’t get cosier than this). Leave room for pear and apple crumble. Most of Thwaites’ cask ales are available, and well-kept. The wines are good, the landlord is interested, the staff are obliging, and there’s always a water bowl for a walker’s dog. There are delightful bedrooms too; all welcome dogs, and the largest are fabulous for families. They even have parking passes for further up the street – a boon in popular Keswick.