Ambleside Pubs

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Wainwrights Inn (Chapel Stile)

Wainwrights Inn (Chapel Stile)

Chapel Stile, Ambleside, LA22 9JH

Wainwrights’ Inn at Chapel Stile near Elterwater is a classic Lakeland inn, serving an impressive selection of real ale from a number of Cumbrian breweries. Its roaring log fires, low beams, and slate floors provide the perfect cosy setting to enjoy the inn’s delicious cuisine that uses the best of locally sourced produce. There is a fabulous beer garden overlooked by the Langdale fells.

The Three Shires Inn (Little Langdale)

The Three Shires Inn (Little Langdale)

Little Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9NZ

The Three Shires Inn is a charming and cosy inn located deep in the Little Langdale Valley, close to Little Langdale Tarn. Popular with walkers, the inn welcomes dogs in the bar area and serves food twice a day. Locally brewed real ale is available, as well as an outstanding choice of wines and whiskies. The inn also has nine comfortable guestrooms.

The Talbot Bar at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel

The Talbot Bar at the Skelwith Bridge Hotel

Skelwith Bridge, Nr Ambleside, LA22 9NJ

Don’t let its location within a hotel fool you, the Talbot Bar at Skelwith Bridge is a classic English pub through and through, right down to the brass ornaments that adorn the walls. Real ale is available on tap, alongside locally produced spirits. The homecooked food is hearty and wholesome, and even your dog can order off the menu.

The Red Lion (Hawkshead)

The Red Lion (Hawkshead)

Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS

The Red Lion in the centre of Hawkshead is a friendly and welcoming pub with a cosy atmosphere. Packed with period features, the bar and dining room are a delightful setting to enjoy a hearty meal from the pub’s tasty menu, all washed down with a pint of locally brewed ale. The pub screens football matches regularly, and comfortable accommodation is available upstairs.

The Kirkstone Pass Inn

The Kirkstone Pass Inn

Ambleside, , LA22 9LQ

The Kirkstone Inn sits high in the fells at the top of the infamous Kirkstone Pass. The inn is open daily throughout the summer serving home cooked food and real ale. Winter opening times vary with the weather as the pass is often closed. This dog friendly inn has a small number of guest rooms and a bunkhouse offering budget accommodation.

The Kings Arms (Hawkshead)

The Kings Arms (Hawkshead)

Hawkshead, , LA22 0NZ

Hawkshead’s ancient cobbled streets are home to a collection of charming Elizabethan whitewashed buildings, including the Kings Arms. This cosy inn serves real ale from local breweries and hosts its own annual beer festival. Filled with period charm, the inn is a popular place to grab a bite to eat or watch live music. B&B style accommodation is available here.

The Drunken Duck Inn (Ambleside)

The Drunken Duck Inn (Ambleside)

Barngates, Ambleside, LA22 0NG

It’s one of the Lake District’s most celebrated pubs and brimming with quirky country charm. The Drunken Duck Inn is a haven for foodies, serving delicious modern cuisine that is so popular tables book weeks in advance. Home to the Barngates micro-brewery, the inn has a fabulous selection of real ale, along with their own gins and a good choice of wines and whiskies.

Sticklebarn Tavern (Langdale)

Sticklebarn Tavern (Langdale)

Great Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9JU

The Sticklebarn Tavern in Great Langdale near Ambleside is the only pub operated by the National Trust, and therefore it has a unique atmosphere. Although it more resembles a National Trust café than a pub, there is a fabulous selection of real ale available here, along with a limited but appetising menu. Regular events, including quizzes and film nights are held throughout the year.

Outgate Inn

Outgate Inn

Outgate, Ambleside, LA22 0NQ

The Outgate Inn is a pretty and charming inn that lies between Ambleside and Hawkshead, and is located in an area that is popular with walkers. This Robinsons Brewery inn serves a good selection of real ale, as well as gastro-pub cuisine. Dog friendly, the inn hosts regular live music nights, and is also host to three en-suite rooms.

Old Dungeon Ghyll (Great Langdale)

Old Dungeon Ghyll (Great Langdale)

Great Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9JY

The Old Dungeon Ghyll is the pub of choice for walkers serious about conquering the Lake District fells. This simple and homely pub has attracted famous mountaineers over the last few decades, thanks to its fabulous location at the foot of the Langdale Pikes. The Hiker’s Bar serves good honest food throughout the day, along with locally brewed real ale.

The Eltermere Inn

The Eltermere Inn

Elterwater, Ambleside, LA22 9HY

For country casual chic head over to the Eltermere Inn at Elterwater. This elegant and sophisticated inn is perfect for those who prefer a more grown-up environment. The funky bar serves up real ale from local breweries, as well as a mouth-watering selection of dishes with an imaginative menu using the best of locally sourced produce. Luxury accommodation is available here.

Cuckoo Brow Inn (Far Sawrey)

Cuckoo Brow Inn (Far Sawrey)

Far Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LQ

Nestled in the hamlet of Far Sawrey, between Lake Windermere and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s former home, The Cuckoo Brow is a friendly inn with a multi-award winning chef at its helm. This inn serves delicious food using the best of local produce, and there is a good choice of real ale, with comfortable and luxurious accommodation available.

The Britannia Inn (Elterwater)

The Britannia Inn (Elterwater)

Elterwater, Ambleside, LA22 9HP

The Britannia Inn in Elterwater is a friendly, Lakeland inn committed to its Cumbrian heritage. There is an abundance of real ale available here, all sourced from local breweries, and celebrated each year with the pub’s own beer festival. Food is available throughout the day with a good selection of home cooked dishes and light bites. Accommodation is also available.

Golden Rule

Golden Rule

Smithy Brow, Ambleside, LA22 9AS

The Golden Rule is a special pub nestled in the lakeside town of Ambleside. It remains untainted by progress, offering a classic pub experience. There is no gastro dining, no music, and no fuss. Instead there is good ale, cosy rooms, and an excellent opportunity to have a chat. Well behaved children and dogs are welcome, and some snacks are available.