The Brackenrigg Inn & Brewery

Ullswater, Watermillock, CA11 0LP
The Brackenrigg Inn & Brewery Outside

With an elevated position that overlooks Ullswater, giving outstanding views towards Helvellyn, the Brackenrigg Inn & Brewery is one of the most popular inns in the Ullswater area. Offering good food that is locally sourced and its very own beer brewed on site, this former coaching inn has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

It’s not far from the Ullswater Way so if you want to break up your trek with a meal somewhere a little bit special then this is a fabulous choice. The inn welcomes dogs and families with children, and boasts of a large beer garden with unrivalled views of the fells.

Food & Drink

The Brackenrigg Inn Pub

The Brewery

The Brackenrigg Inn has its own brewery that began brewing in 2015 in a converted former stable block behind the inn. Brack’N’Brew creates five different ales, all given names with local references, such as Steamer Snout and the Aira Force IPA. All five ales are available from the bar, along with a selection of guest ales. Visitors can also purchase bottled ale to take away with them.

The bar has a range of draught lagers and ciders, and wine lovers are well served here with over 25 varieties to choose from, including an Argentinian Malbec and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The bar also stocks a good selection of gins and whiskies, including several that are from local distilleries. Soft drinks and hot drinks are also available here.


Food is served all day, every day, from noon until 9pm (8pm on Sundays during the winter). The food here is locally sourced wherever possible and booking a table is highly recommended. The menu has something to suit most tastes and appetites. There are hot and cold sandwiches, including fishfingers made with the brewery’s ale served in a bread roll, and platters for those who like to share a few nibbles.

The main menu has some mouth-watering classic pub dishes, including a four-hour braised steak and ale pie, made with proper shortcrust pastry. Chef’s specials are available after 4pm and change according to seasonal availability, offering more imaginative choices. Tapas is available on Friday evenings with a choice of three dishes and a pint for a set price. There are options for vegetarians and the children’s menu has a good number of dishes to choose from. A traditional roast dinner is served each Sunday from noon until 2.30pm, with beef and one other meat choice.

Other Features

The Brackenrigg Inn beer garden with views of Ullswater

The bar has a selection of board games available to play. Outside, there is a seating area at the front with views out towards Ullswater. There is an additional beer garden to the rear. Dogs are welcome in the bar, the dining room, and in some of the guest rooms. There is a weekly quiz night held each Wednesday evening.


The Brackenrigg Inn Accommodation

The Brackenrigg Inn has 9 guestrooms, all with en-suite facilities. Single, double/twin, and family rooms (two adults & one child) are available. All rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, a television, and Wi-Fi.

In addition, the pub has three superior suites that are housed in a converted stable block. These suites can sleep up to four people and have a seating area and en-suite facilities. One suite is wheelchair accessible with a wet room.


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