Pub Quizzes in the Lake District

Pubs with pub quizzes

For anyone unfamiliar with a pub quiz, it’s essentially a trivia contest that is held in a pub. Normally, you form small teams, pay a small fee to enter, give yourself a comical team name and answer trivia questions asked by the all-knowing Quiz Master. The winner normally gets something like a bottle of wine or sometimes even part of the pot of money you paid in to enter! But, most of all, you earn the title and bragging rights of being the pub quiz champions, and, in our book, that is the greatest prize of them all.

Pub quizzes throughout the Lake District will each vary slightly in format but the idea is the same. Here we list all of the pubs that mention regular pub quizzes on their websites. Of course the days and times are subject to change, so it’s best to check ahead to see when/if it's on if you’d like to participate. Let’s get quizzical!

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The White Horse Inn (Scales)

The White Horse Inn (Scales)

Scales, Threlkeld, Nr Keswick, CA12 4SY

The White Horse Inn holds a quiz on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 9pm after food service has ended. There are multiple rounds with a good mixture of questions. Quiz goers are advised to check in advance with the pub if the quiz is running, as during the quieter seasons it can be cancelled if numbers of patrons and staff are low.

The Wheatsheaf Inn (Brigsteer)

The Wheatsheaf Inn (Brigsteer)

Brigsteer, Kendal, LA8 8AN

The Wheatsheaf Inn in Brigsteer near Kendal holds a quiz night on the last Sunday of every month, starting at 8pm. This is a light-hearted quiz that anyone can enter for small fee. All of the proceeds go to a local charity that supports cancer patients. It’s a popular event, so do get there early to be guaranteed a seat.

Wainwrights Inn (Chapel Stile)

Wainwrights Inn (Chapel Stile)

Chapel Stile, Ambleside, LA22 9JH

A quiz night is held at Wainwrights Inn in Chapel Stile each Tuesday evening at 9pm. This forty question quiz is free to enter and will test your general knowledge. Possible prizes include vouchers to spend at the pub, or some of the smoked goods produced in the estate’s smokehouse. This is a popular event, so do consider getting there early.

The Wheatsheaf Inn (Lorton)

The Wheatsheaf Inn (Lorton)

Low Lorton, Cockermouth, CA13 9UW

The Wheatsheaf Inn hosts a quiz each Wednesday evening at 9pm. There is a small entrance fee per person and afterwards there is often a free curry buffet for participants. The quiz is very popular with local residents but visitors are very welcome to join in. It’s worth considering booking a table in advance due to the popularity of the event.

The Sun Inn (Crook)

The Sun Inn (Crook)

Main Street, Crook, Kendal, LA8 8LA

The Sun Inn at Crook hosts a regular, light-hearted quiz night each Friday night, starting at 8.30pm. The cost is £1 per play and the money from the entry fee goes into the prize draw. Unclaimed winnings go into a weekly rollover. The pub also hosts regular charity quiz nights where meals are often included in the entry fee.

The Sun Inn (Bassenthwaite)

The Sun Inn (Bassenthwaite)

Bassenthwaite, , CA12 4QP

On the last Sunday of each month at 8pm the Sun Inn hosts its popular quiz. Entry to the quiz is £2 per person with all proceeds going to local charitable causes. There is also a fundraising raffle and prizes for the raffle and quiz are donated. The quiz is well-attended by local residents so do arrive early if you want a seat.

The Station Inn (Oxenholme)

The Station Inn (Oxenholme)

Oxenholme, Kendal, LA9 7RF

A quiz is held each Wednesday evening at The Station Inn at Oxenholme near Kendal, beginning at 9pm following the end of food service. There is a small entry fee and cash prizes are available for the winning teams. This is a popular event with local residents so it’s best to get there early to grab a table.

The Strands Inn (Nether Wasdale)

The Strands Inn (Nether Wasdale)

Nether Wasdale, , CA20 1ET

The Strands Inn is located at the start of the Wasdale Valley and each Sunday evening many of the valley’s residents flock to the pub to take part in the weekly quiz. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and is free to enter. It’s possible to book a table for the quiz which is recommended for this very popular event.

The Royal (Penrith)

The Royal (Penrith)

92 Wilson Row, Penrith, CA11 7PZ

The Royal Pub is a local favourite on the edge of Penrith town centre. It has a large pool table in one corner of the pub and it is here that a local pool team practices and competes. The pool table is adjacent to one of the pub’s television screens so you can watch the football match whilst you play.

The Royal Yew (Dean)

The Royal Yew (Dean)

Cross Keys Cottages, Dean, Nr Workington, CA14 4TJ

A weekly quiz is held each Tuesday evening from 8.30pm at The Royal Yew pub in Dean, in West Cumbria. The quiz is held specifically to raise money for local causes with past proceeds being donated to Mountain Rescue Teams, the local school, and first responder teams amongst others. Entry is £1 per person and there are alcohol prizes up for grabs.

The Pheasant Inn (Allithwaite)

The Pheasant Inn (Allithwaite)

Flookburgh Road, Allithwaite, LA11 7RQ

A fun pub quiz is held each Thursday, 9.30pm at The Pheasant Inn, Allithwaite. For just £2 per person teams can enter to try and win a cash prize. Hosted by Keith, one of the owners, this quiz will challenge your knowledge with six rounds that cover a wide range of topics. A light supper is included with the entry fee.

The New Union (Kendal)

The New Union (Kendal)

159 Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4RF

The New Union in Kendal hosts a weekly quiz each Wednesday evening, usually starting around 8pm. There is a small charge to enter and there are cash and beer prizes available for the winning teams. Charity collections often take place during the quiz. It is a light-hearted and fun event that can be enjoyed with a pint of real ale.

The Mortal Man

The Mortal Man

Troutbeck, Nr Windermere, LA23 1PL

The Mortal Man has a weekly schedule of events, and on Wednesday evenings everyone is invited to join in with the quiz night. Entry to the quiz costs £2 per person, with the entry fee being put in a pot for the prize money. The winning team takes all. The quiz is an interactive event, so expect some audience participation!

The Manor Arms (Broughton-In-Furness)

The Manor Arms (Broughton-In-Furness)

The Square, Broughton-in-Furness, LA20 6HY

The Manor Arms hosts a quiz night once a month, on the second Thursday of the month, with a broad range of general knowledge questions. The quiz starts at 7.30pm and costs £1 per person, with a maximum of 6 people per team. The proceeds are all put into the prize fund that is donated to a charity of the winning team’s choosing.

The Inn at Ravenglass

The Inn at Ravenglass

Ravenglass, , CA18 1SQ

The Inn at Ravenglass hosts a monthly quiz night in aid of local charities. Usually held on the third Saturday of the month, the quiz costs just £1 per person to enter and the proceeds go to charity, though some prizes are also offered. There is usually an accompanying raffle with items donated from the local community.

The Heron (Kendal)

The Heron (Kendal)

Esthwaite Avenue, Kendal, LA9 7NT

The Heron in Kendal hosts a weekly quiz every Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Entry is £1 per person and there are cash prizes. Along with the quiz there is often a game of “Play Your Cards Right” for a chance to win an additional cash prize. The quiz questions range from easy to hard, ensuring everyone can have a go and have fun.

The Greys Inn (Windermere)

The Greys Inn (Windermere)

Elleray Road, Windermere, LA23 1AG

The Greys Inn in Windermere is a lively pub that hosts a weekly quiz night on Monday evenings, beginning around 8.30pm. The fun quiz costs just £1 per person to enter with a maximum of four players per team. There are cash prizes for the winners. The quiz coincides with curry night, with discounts available on curry dishes before the quiz starts.

The Good Sport (Grasmere)

The Good Sport (Grasmere)

1 Stock Lane, Grasmere, LA22 9SJ

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening in Grasmere then head to The Good Sport. The village’s newest pub hosts a quiz each week from 9pm and it’s popular with local residents. Teams of up to six people can enter for just £1 per person and the winning team receives a round of drinks from the bar.

The Golden Lion, Keswick

The Golden Lion, Keswick

20 Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5JD

The weekly quiz at the Golden Lion in Keswick is only held during the summer period. For the rest of the year it is more on an ad hoc basis. The quiz is usually held on a Wednesday, starting at 9pm. It costs £1 per person to enter and teams must have a maximum of six members. The proceeds go to charity.

The Globe Inn (Kendal)

The Globe Inn (Kendal)

8 Market Place, Kendal, LA9 4TN

The Globe Inn in Kendal hosts a friendly and light-hearted quiz once a month, usually on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm. Costing £2.50 per person, the quiz raises funds for local charities and good causes. There is usually a free supper included. A prize raffle is often held at the same time, again to raise money for charity.

The Farmers Arms (Ulverston)

The Farmers Arms (Ulverston)

Market Street, Ulverston, LA12 7BA

The Farmers Arms is a lively pub in the centre of Ulverston that has a good reputation for its food. Quiz night is Thursday evening, beginning at 9pm, and it’s a popular event locally. There’s a small fee to enter and prizes are a mixture of cash and beer. There’s a jackpot prize that rolls over each week.

The Dog & Gun, Keswick

The Dog & Gun, Keswick

2 Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5BT

The Dog & Gun hosts a very popular quiz each Thursday evening at 9.30pm. This is a light-hearted event, but it always crowded so do get there early to guarantee getting a table. Winners of the quiz are invited to pick out a prize from a lucky dip box, whilst the losing team are offered a consolation booby prize.

The Brookside Inn (Windermere)

The Brookside Inn (Windermere)

Lake Road, Windermere, LA23 2BX

The Brookside Inn in Windermere is a friendly pub that is popular with locals. Every Thursday evening the pub holds a quiz night beginning at 9pm. Featuring several rounds on various topics, the quiz has cash prizes to be won. The quiz costs £1 per person to enter and it’s worth getting there early in order to secure a table.

The Bitter End (Cockermouth)

The Bitter End (Cockermouth)

15 Kirkgate, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ

The Bitter End in Cockermouth hosts a very popular quiz night each Tuesday evening. The quiz is free to enter and the prize for the top team is a case of beer. The quiz starts at 9.15pm but due to its popularity it is probably best to get there early, perhaps taking advantage of the pub’s excellent dining options before the quiz starts.

The Sun Inn (Pooley Bridge)

The Sun Inn (Pooley Bridge)

Main Street, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NN

The Sun Inn is located in the pretty village of Pooley Bridge, on the edge of Ullswater. It hosts a popular quiz night each Wednesday evening at 8.30pm. The quiz costs 50p per person to enter and teams must have no more than four people. There is a mixture of rounds and the entry fee is used for the prize for the winners.

Sticklebarn Tavern (Langdale)

Sticklebarn Tavern (Langdale)

Great Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9JU

After a long Sunday on the fells, join the team at Sticklebarn Tavern for their weekly quiz, beginning at 8pm. Costing just £1 per person to enter, the quiz is a light-hearted and fun way to close the week. All of the quiz entrance fee money goes into the prize pot and is then given to the winning team at the end of the evening.

Romneys (Kendal)

Romneys (Kendal)

72 Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, LA9 5HG

Romneys in Kendal hosts a quiz each Sunday night at 8.45pm after the food service has ended. It costs £1 per person to enter and there is a cash prize for the winning team. There is one picture round and four general knowledge rounds, with a wipeout round to finish. Raffle tickets are also sold for an additional chance to win a prize.

Ring O’ Bells (Kendal)

Ring O’ Bells (Kendal)

39 Kirkland, Kendal, LA9 5AF

There is a monthly quiz held on the last Thursday of the month at the Ring O’ Bells, starting around 8pm once food service has finished. The quiz is a light-hearted affair. There is no entry fee and no prizes for the winners, with the focus being on a fun way to pass the time, with a mixture of general knowledge and music rounds.

The Pack Horse Inn, Keswick

The Pack Horse Inn, Keswick

Pack Horse Court, Keswick, CA12 5JB

The Pack Horse Inn in Keswick hosts one of the most popular weekly quiz nights in the town. Patrons gather each Wednesday evening at 9.30pm once food service has finished to take part in the fun, but highly competitive quiz that has multiple rounds. Costing £1 to enter, the quiz has cash prizes and some proceeds go to charity.

Old Friends (Ulverston)

Old Friends (Ulverston)

Soutergate, Ulverston, LA12 7ES

If you are looking for a quiz night when staying in Ulverston then head over to the Old Friends. This locals’ favourite pub hosts a fun but competitive quiz night each Tuesday evening with a mixture of rounds. Starting at 8.30pm, the quiz costs £1 per person to enter, and there are cash prizes available for the winning team.

The Newfield Inn (Seathwaite)

The Newfield Inn (Seathwaite)

Seathwaite, Broughton-in-Furness, LA20 6ED

The Newfield Inn is a small, but lively pub in the Duddon Valley. It hosts a quiz once a month, usually on a Wednesday evening, and usually starting at 8pm. The quiz costs £1 per person to enter with the proceeds going to charity. There are multiple rounds and there is a hot supper available to everyone who takes part.

The Kings Arms (Cartmel)

The Kings Arms (Cartmel)

The Square, Cartmel, LA11 6QB

Each Wednesday evening the Kings Arms hosts its popular and light-hearted quiz. The quiz starts at 9.30pm and comprises of 40 questions. Entry is free of charge and there is a cash prize of £30 to be won. Food is served until 10.00pm so quiz-goers are able to enjoy snacks during the event, with sharing platters available.

The Horse & Rainbow (Kendal)

The Horse & Rainbow (Kendal)

32 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4SX

The Horse & Rainbow is a key stalwart of Kendal’s night life and is located in the centre of the town. The pub hosts a quiz each Wednesday evening starting at 8.30pm, with a small entry fee for each person. The winner receives a bar tab to spend on drinks behind the bar, and there is a wide selection of drinks available.

The Horse & Farrier (Dacre)

The Horse & Farrier (Dacre)

Dacre, , CA11 0HL

The Horse & Farrier in Dacre, near Pooley Bridge, has recently changed management and been refurbished. The pub now hosts a quiz once a month, with the date confirmed on their Facebook page. It costs £1 per person to enter with teams limited to six people and the fee is used as the prize for the winning team.

The Hope & Anchor (Ulverston)

The Hope & Anchor (Ulverston)

Daltongate, Ulverston, LA12 7BD

The Hope & Anchor in Ulverston attracts a large crowd every Wednesday evening when it hosts its weekly quiz night. Usually accompanied by a buffet, the quiz features rounds on various topics and there are prizes to be won. The quiz starts at 8.30pm, but you should get there early if you want to get a table.

The Hare & Hounds (Levens)

The Hare & Hounds (Levens)

Levens, Kendal, LA8 8PN

The Hare & Hounds is a friendly inn on the south-eastern edge of the Lake District. Primarily focused on serving food, the inn’s quiz only runs during the quieter months of October to March and is a favourite of local residents. Fun and light-hearted, the quiz takes place on a Wednesday evening from 8.30pm, with cash prizes available.

The Hare & Hounds (Bowland Bridge)

The Hare & Hounds (Bowland Bridge)

Bowland Bridge, Grange-Over-Sands, LA11 6NN

The Hare & Hounds in Bowland Bridge, near Lake Windermere, hosts a quiz night each Thursday at 9pm. For a small fee patrons can sign up to take part in the quiz that is notoriously difficult. Free snacks are provided and there are cash prizes available for the winners, with unclaimed prizes rolling over to the following weeks.

Fletcher Christian Tavern (Cockermouth)

Fletcher Christian Tavern (Cockermouth)

55 Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9JS

The Fletcher Christian Tavern is a popular lively pub in the centre of Cockermouth. It holds a quiz night each Wednesday evening with a series of rounds. The quiz costs £2 per person and no more than six people can be in a team. There is cash and crates of beer for prizes, and the pub also provides a free supper buffet.

Fell Bar (Penrith)

Fell Bar (Penrith)

52 King Street, Penrith, CA11 7AY

The Fell Bar in Penrith hosts a quiz night on the first and third Thursday of the month that is popular with locals. Occasionally these dates can change so it’s best to check in advance. The quiz begins promptly at 9pm and costs £1 per person, with a maximum of five people per team. There are cash prizes for the winners.

Emily's Black Lion (Ireby)

Emily's Black Lion (Ireby)

The Square, Ireby, CA7 1EA

A quiz night is held at Emily’s Black Lion in Ireby every other week on a Wednesday evening. It’s best to check in advance if the quiz is going ahead as the dates can vary. This fun event is very popular with local residents and is preceded by the pub’s gourmet burger night so it’s worth booking a table if you wish to attend.

Brook House Inn (Eskdale)

Brook House Inn (Eskdale)

Boot, Eskdale, CA19 1TG

The Brook House Inn in Eskdale hosts a quiz twice a month on Sunday evenings, starting at 9pm. It usually takes place every other weekend but dates can vary, so do check in advance if you want to attend. The quiz is free to enter and beer tokens to be exchanged for pints from the bar are offered as prizes.

The Britannia Inn (Elterwater)

The Britannia Inn (Elterwater)

Elterwater, Ambleside, LA22 9HP

The Britannia Inn hosts a lively quiz each Sunday evening. This popular event begins at 9pm and is a light-hearted way of testing your general knowledge. There is no entrance fee. The prize is usually a voucher that you can spend in the pub, perhaps either to celebrate your victory or commiserate your loss. Getting in early for a table is recommended.

The Brackenrigg Inn & Brewery

The Brackenrigg Inn & Brewery

Ullswater, Watermillock, CA11 0LP

The Brackenrigg Inn & Brewery is a classic Lake District inn that overlooks Ullswater. The pub hosts a quiz night every Wednesday, beginning at 9pm. The family friendly quiz features several rounds and on some occasions the pub offers meal deals before the event begins, such as a curry and a pint deal. Booking a table is highly recommended.

Bower House Inn (Eskdale)

Bower House Inn (Eskdale)

Eskdale, , CA19 1TD

The Bower House Inn in Eskdale hosts a friendly and relaxed quiz each Sunday at 5.30pm. There is a small charge to enter the quiz, and the money raised is donated to charity. The pub has raised several hundred pounds for local causes through this quiz. Booking a table is recommended, as the pub does tend to be busy during peak periods.

The Boot & Shoe Inn (Greystoke)

The Boot & Shoe Inn (Greystoke)

Greystoke, , CA11 0TP

The Boot & Shoe is a friendly and welcoming pub in Greystoke, a small village near Penrith. The pub hosts a fun quiz night each Thursday evening, beginning at 9pm. There are multiple rounds and quiz games such as “Higher or Lower” and there are various prizes awarded, including a booby prize. It’s a very popular event so booking a table is recommended.

The Board & Elbow

The Board & Elbow

11 Cornmarket, Penrith, CA11 7HS

The Board & Elbow is a lively town centre pub in Penrith. Each Wednesday evening the pub hosts its popular quiz. It costs £1 per person to enter and there are various prizes, including cash. The quiz includes a picture round, music round, and general questions. This quiz is occasionally cancelled if there is a major sporting event.

The Beehive Inn (Eamont Bridge)

The Beehive Inn (Eamont Bridge)

Eamont Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2BX

The Beehive Inn hosts a weekly quiz night on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 9pm. The quiz starts with a picture round which is then followed by rounds on a number of different topics. There are cash prizes for the winners. This is a popular event so get there early if you want to be guaranteed a table.

Anglers Arms (Haverthwaite)

Anglers Arms (Haverthwaite)

Haverthwaite, , LA12 8AJ

Monday evenings are never dull at the Anglers Arms, where they host a friendly and lively quiz at the start of each week. Beginning at 9pm, there is a small charge to enter and cash prizes are available. The quiz features a mixture of rounds and is a light-hearted affair, though you should expect some stiff competition from the local regulars.

The Punch Bowl (Barrows Green)

The Punch Bowl (Barrows Green)

Barrows Green, Kendal, LA8 0AA

On Monday evenings the Punch Bowl holds its popular Pizza and Quiz night. For £10 between 6pm and 9pm guests can get a pint and pizza, and then at 9pm the quiz starts. There are number of rounds covering various topics and a cash prize fund of up to £400 is available to win. The night is very popular with locals.