The Best Rural Pubs in the Lake District

14 December 2021 by Rachel Wilson

The Best Rural Pubs in the Lake District

Whether you're after a quiet tipple or a much needed pint of an ale after a long hike in the fells, there are plenty of pubs in the Lake District that still have a cosy, traditional feel where you’ll receive a friendly Lakeland welcome. Check out some of our favourites below.

Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale

Right at the end of Wasdale valley, this gem of a pub serves excellent real ales, serves up proper pub grub and if you want to stay the night, you can as it's the only hotel in the valley. It's very popular with climbers and walkers as it’s the easiest starting point to hike the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.

The Hiker’s Bar, Langdale Valley

Located in the remote and unspoilt Langdale Valley, this lovely country pub attached to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel has been a social hub for climbers for over a century. The pub is over 300 year olds and it still retains its traditional and simple feel with its stone floor, open fires and exposed beams. You can get wholesome, hearty food here which can be washed down with some local real ales and even join in with the weekly open mic nights.

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater

Around 200 years ago, this 500 year old building was turned into an inn to serve the local residents of the valley. Located in the heart of idyllic Elterwater village, this pub boasts stunning views of the nearby tarns and is close by some of the best walks in the Lakes. Rustic home-cooked food and local ales are also available here

Lake District Pub Grub Lap Map

Check out our great value, family-friendly Lake District Pub Grub Lap Map. There are over 60 carefully selected pubs featuring excellent meals, superb local beers with a welcoming atmosphere. It also includes dog-friendly pubs.

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