The Bridge Inn (Santon Bridge)

Santon Bridge, Holmrook, CA19 1UX
The Bridge Inn (Santon Bridge) Outside

The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge is a traditional country inn that is best known for hosting the World’s Biggest Liar Competition. Located on the western fringes of the Lake District, the inn is ideally placed for visitors to Wasdale and Eskdale as it lies between the start of these two striking and remote valleys.

This is a large inn, with a spacious bar that welcomes dogs, a dining room, function room, and sixteen guestrooms. The inn welcomes walkers with muddy boots and food is available all day from noon.

Food & Drink

The Bridge Inn (Santon Bridge) pub

The pubs of Eskdale and Wasdale are known for their dedication to real ale, and the Bridge Inn, located at the start of both of these valleys, is no exception. Here you will find Jennings Cumberland Ale on tap all year round, alongside a changing selection of six other hand pumped ales, usually sourced from local breweries. There is a limited wine list but it does cover all the basics, and you will find the usual selection of spirits, whiskies, and soft drinks.

Food is served from noon until 9pm each day. Between noon and 5pm there is a lunch time menu available that has an excellent selection of filled baguettes and ciabattas, as well as an extensive choice of pizzas created using dough made on the premises and cooked in a traditional stone-baked pizza oven.

The main menu has something for everyone. All of the pub classics are here, including steak and ale pie created with slowed cooked beef in Jennings ale. There are a range of burgers, salads, and pizzas, and each day there are a handful of daily specials offering something a little more imaginative. A carvery is held each Sunday between noon and 3pm with a choice of meats. There is a reasonable choice for vegetarians and a children’s menu.

Other Features

The Bridge Inn (Santon Bridge) outside

The Bridge Inn has a function room that can accommodate up to 120 people. The inn has a civil wedding licence and the function room is equipped with a large screen and projector, where football matches are occasional screened. The inn has an additional television in a lounge room and has a subscription to Sky Sports and BT Sports. Dogs are welcome in the bar where there are plenty of tables for dining. Outside, there are a limited number of tables at the front and to the side of the pub. 

The Bridge Inn hosts the World’s Biggest Liar competition each November. The competition is held in a memory of Will Ritson, a nineteenth century pub landlord who was famous locally for his tall tales. Competitors have five-minutes to tell the most convincing lie they can, and past winners include comedienne Sue Perkins.


The Bridge Inn (Santon Bridge) accommodation

The Bridge Inn has 16 en-suite rooms available on a bed and breakfast basis. There are single, double, king, twin, and family (one double, two singles) rooms, as well as an extra special four-poster room that has the added benefit of a mini-fridge. All rooms have shower rooms with complimentary toiletries, and in room facilities include televisions with DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and a hospitality tray that includes filter coffee, biscuits, chocolates, and a selection of teas.

Rooms are presented in a classic country inn style with antique style furnishings and floral décor, and all beds have 300 thread count deluxe 100% cotton bed linen. It is worth noting that all of the rooms are located above the function room, and therefore noise may be an issue if your stay coincides with a function.


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