Outgate Inn

Outgate, Ambleside, LA22 0NQ
Outgate Inn Outside

A former factory for sparkling water, the Outgate Inn is now a friendly and welcoming pub located in the village of the same name, around half way between Ambleside and Hawkshead.

Full of rustic charm, the inn lies in an area popular with walkers, and so is often used as a start and end point for many walks, especially by those who like to end their Lake District forays with a hearty meal and a pint of real ale. This inn is part of the Robinson’s Brewery, and is also home to a small number of rooms available on a B&B basis.

Food & Drink

Outgate Inn pub

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As the Outgate Inn is a Robinson’s Brewery pub, you won’t find locally brewed ale here, but you will find bulwarks of brewery, such as Dizzy Blonde and Cumbria Way, available on tap, as well as a good selection of draught and bottled beers and ciders.

There is a reasonable wine list with several available by the glass, and a good choice of whiskies, gins, vodkas, and other spirits. If you prefer hot drinks, the inn serves barista style coffee that can be accompanied with a freshly baked scone or cake.

Food Menu

Food is served all day at the Outgate Inn, and the food is typical gastro-pub fare, beautifully presented, often on slate boards. You will find all of the pub favourites here, such as steak and ale pie, burgers, and fish and chips, as well as a few more imaginative dishes. A lunch time menu operates during the early afternoon with a good choice of sandwiches and platters available.

There is a children’s menu with the usual favourites, and an excellent choice available for those who are gluten free. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible. There are weekly specials, such as on Wednesday evenings, when the pub hosts a burger night with a range of gourmet burgers to choose from.

Other Features

Outgate Inn beer garden

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There is a small patio to the rear of the pub with a number of tables and chairs. The pub does not hold a weekly quiz, but does host regular quiz nights for special occasions, such as charity fundraisers and Christmas. The pub also hosts regular live music and open mic nights. Additionally, the pub has a small TV screen that shows free to air events, such as the Rugby Six Nations.


The building that houses the Outgate Inn was originally a small holding, but in 1840, it became a factory that produced sparkling water, using a well at the back of the building. The owners of the factory began selling beer and the premises was converted to an inn in the early part of the 20th century.


Outgate Inn accommodation

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The Outgate Inn has just three rooms above the bar that are available on a bed and breakfast basis. Rooms are presented in a classic and homely style and are adequately appointed with free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, and televisions. In the morning, guests can enjoy a full cooked breakfast. The inn is a great base for those wishing to visit Wray Castle and the area between Windermere and Coniston Water.


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