The Best Pubs in the Lake District

There’s little better than kicking up against a good fire at a classic English pub, with good food and a good brew. Pubs are as closely tied to English culture as they can be, so here we’ve compiled a list of the best in the area for those seeking to unwind.

  • General Burgoyne, Great Urswick
    The General sits comfortably amidst the subdued village of Great Urswick, in the south Lakes. Expect a comfy, friendly atmosphere and a menu complete with local produce.
  • The Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
    Located between Hawkshead and Windermere, the Cuckoo gets as much it can from the local area; food and beer. Welcoming to everyone, the Cuckoo becomes especially alive during the cold evenings.
  • The Golden Rule, Ambleside
    You ever wonder how few pubs burst into inspiring singsongs like they do in the old films? Well you don’t have to wonder at the Golden Rule, as this happens often. Great snack food like pork pies and scotch eggs all goes down with rich ale.
  • The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater
    Situated in a great locale, the Kirkstile’s Cumbrian steak-and-ale pie and Loweswater Gold ale is well known for a reason. Also serves vegetarians.
  • Dog and Gun, Keswick
    A must for dog-owners, with incredible range low-cost treats and chews, with free non-alcoholic drinks. The large portions of human food also ensures this will be your dog’s favourite spot.
  • The Black Bull Inn, Coniston
    Neighbouring the Coniston Brewing Company, there’s never any risk of shortage of on-the-tap brews. Kick back with one in the suntrap beer garden.

The Lake District is ideal for your winter break

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. During the summer it is packed with tourists taking part in great outdoor activities like fell-walking, hiking, and trekking, but it also has so much to offer in the winter months. Here’s a couple of reasons why it makes for a great winter destination!

It looks even better in the winter

There’s no denying that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, maybe even in Europe, but what makes it really special is that it looks just as great in winter as it does in the summer months. Its striking landscapes, woodlands and of course the lakes look even more stunning under a layer of snow or covered in the oranges and reds of autumn than they do bathed in the mid-summer sun. It makes the area great for amateur photographers, too, whether you’re just snapping on your iPhone or you’re taking some more serious kit with you – you’ll be able to showcase your photography talents for your friends and family when you get back home!

You can relax in the comfort of a great hotel

Lots of people associate the Lake District with outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, and walking, and even though these are fantastic days out, they aren’t all that the area has to offer. The Lake District is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK, and at the Borrowdale Gates our 4 star hotel and AA Rosette restaurant can keep you comfortable and occupied throughout your break.

Borrowdale Gates: a foodie’s paradise

For food and drink enthusiasts, Borrowdale Gates Hotel is the perfect place to stay. As well as providing a cosy place for hikers and nature-lovers to lay down their heads, this four-star hotel offers an AA Rosette restaurant, making it a great base for a gourmet getaway.

Visitors can check out local foodie attractions, like the Lakes Distillery or one of the area’s many breweries, before returning to Borrowdale Gates for a taste of locally sourced fine dining in what Alfred Wainwright described as: “the loveliest square mile in Lakeland.”

Head chef Christopher Standhaven takes great pride in choosing local, seasonal produce whenever possible – from meat and seafood to eggs and oil. Herdwick lamb can often be found on the menu; it’s a breed of sheep that’s native to the area, grazing on a natural diet of fell grasses and heather.

Maybe it’s their diet that makes this lamb taste so good – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall described Herdwick hogget as some of the finest lamb he had tasted, and it’s all traceable, from fell to fork. The sheep are reared just down the road from Borrowdale Gates on Yew Tree Farm, a traditional Lakeland hill sheep farm run by husband and wife team Joe and Hazel Relph.

Visit their Flock In tearoom during your stay to get a taste for where your dinner is coming from, or pick up some produce to take home with you! The restaurant at Borrowdale Gates serves dinner from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm each day for non-residents and offers Sunday lunch between midday and 1.45 pm, so why not visit and taste some of the best the Lakes has to offer?

3 great places to get a cup of coffee in Keswick

We all love a cup of coffee, but sometimes it seems so difficult to get a really decent mug of it. So, if you’re in the Keswick area, this post just might save you from ever drinking a mediocre cup again!

1. Borrowdale Gates Hotel

We might be bias, but we think our coffee is something not to be missed. You can savour it with breakfast or after dinner in our gorgeous four-star hotel fine dining room with lovely views. We offer Farrer’s Freshly Brewed Restaurant Blend for those looking for a caffeine fix or Gold Blend Decaffeinated.

2. Merienda

A lovely little spot in Keswick with a modern interior, perfect if you fancy a bit of coffee and cake while you’re wandering about and not at the hotel. It’s kitted out with wooden benches and tables and has a cool, calm and casual ambience. According to TripAdvisor reviewers, they serve wonderful coffee – and their lunch menu might be worth a look too!

3. The Square Orange

This is both a cafe and bar with an overall continental theme, and it’s very popular. According to their website, they serve their coffee with a side of passion! You’ll also find pizza and tapas if you’re a little peckish.

There you have it, the best coffee in town! Remember, if you’d like to come and stay with us, just call us on 017687 77204 and a member of our friendly team will take your call and be very happy to help you.

Planning a romantic break? Make Borrowdale Valley your first stop

Whether it’s your anniversary, birthday or you’re just looking for a relaxing trip away, there’s a secret gem in Keswick, in the Lake District, that’s not to be missed.

Tucked away in the serenity of the Borrowdale Valley, Borrowdale Gates Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway. If you want a quiet, secluded break, you can relax by the log fires and enjoy the cuisine of our AA Rosette restaurant; we use fresh produce from local food suppliers, such as Direct Seafoods, Highgate Turkey, Peaks and Yew Tree Farm, so you will always get the best tasting, delicious meals available.

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If you’d prefer to get out and about during your trip, there are many local activities to keep you busy. Just outside the gates of the hotel is the beautiful Lake District National Park, perfect for hiking, trekking, fell-walking, and cycling. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, climbing instructor company Women Rock can come and teach you about climbing, surrounded by beautiful scenery.

A little further afield is every literary fan’s dream – Skelgill Farm, the home of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle from the classic Beatrix Potter books. 2015 marks their 110 year anniversary so it’s a day out not to be missed. If film is more your thing, you can also see where the upcoming Star Wars movie was filmed just last year.

If you or your partner are car enthusiasts, from time to time we host classic car rallies in our large car park, which are fantastic to get involved in. From Bentleys to Aston Martins, we are happy to play host to such interesting car events.

After busy days of sightseeing, you can visit the new Lake Distillery in Basenthwaite for a relaxing drink, before getting an amazing night’s sleep in one of our standard, deluxe or superior rooms, or even our sought after Millican Dalton suite.

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Fresh air and fine food in the Lake District

With its beautiful patchwork of lakes, mountains, fells and woodlands, the Lake District is a fantastic place to get out into the fresh air. The scenery is stunning, and it is no wonder people visit from all over the world to enjoy walking, climbing and cycling in the National Park.

Dining excellence

However, a day outdoors does work up an appetite, and for those who want to not just eat well, but enjoy the best of what the Lake District has to offer, a night or two at a four star hotel with an AA Rosette restaurant is just the ticket.

At the Borrowdale Gates Hotel in Keswick, the best that Cumbrian cuisine has to offer is teamed with culinary excellence. Guests will sample locally sourced treats such as Borrowdale fish, Herdwick lamb, Highgate turkey and Peaks fine meats. Even the cheese, milk and oils are from Cumbria.

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A breath of fresh air

While staying in the Lake District, there are some fantastic places to visit and this includes the newly opened Lakes Distillery next to Bassenthwaite Lake, which is on the site of a renovated 1850s Victorian model farm. But for those who want to rest their feet while still getting out and about, there are many driving routes that take in some of the delights of the Lake District. Have a look at Lake District Drives for some fantastic routes. A number of them are in the Keswick area and allow drivers to see local highlights including Derwent Water, Kirkstone Pass and Newlands Valley.