It’s the Cumbria Live Beer Week this week. Cumbrian Live is the essential Lake District and Cumbria events guide listing what’s on, what’s to do, event reviews, eating out and music. In various articles during the week, Cumbria Live will cover everything from pub walks to eating out, micro breweries and celebration of beer.
We love our pubs and inns in the Lake District and Cumbria and so do the visitors to the county and national park. It really is no wonder with some of the best examples within the UK and such a choice too. From a good old local like The Golden Rule in Ambleside to gastro heaven at The Punchbowl at Crosthwaite, thousands flock to sample real ale with real food in real atmospheres.
But it’s the direct link and association with walking that makes Lake District pubs and inns so special. Be it the thought of a refreshing pint at the end of a summer walk or longing for warmth from a roaring fire and a tattie pot after a winter fell experience, it’s the pub that is the pinnacle of the day.
With pubs still playing a huge part as being the centre of many small, remote communities in the Lake District and Cumbria it’s no wonder there’s some amazing walks to be had in and around so many of them.
The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is a prime example. Walks galore litter the area surrounding the inn and despite being a tourist hot spot in the summer, is still a popular place for a pint with locals. You can find many walks online that actually start from the pub and of course, these are always circular meaning Cuckoo Brow is there for refreshments at the end, the most important time! Local ales rule the roost and the 20 mile menu of locally sourced produce including daily specials has gained this inn a foodie following. Walkers are more importantly very welcome at this inn as mentioned in a Guardian Travel article once “You know what you want from a Lake District pub: roaring fires, good beer, hearty food and a blind eye turned to muddy dogs and boots.” The 14 bedrooms round off the package. Rooms start at £72 b&b based on 2 sharing.