The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck)

Town Head, Troutbeck, Windermere, LA23 1PW
The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck) Outside

The Queen’s Head at Troutbeck is a 17th century coaching inn that lies at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass on the Windermere side. Tragically, this iconic pub was partly destroyed in 2014 in a fire, but after three years of extensive repair and restoration work the pub reopened in 2017.

Inside, the pub oozes with class and wonderful decorative features, such as the ornate wood carvings that can be found around the bar, the large stone fireplaces, the exposed beams, and the floor to ceiling ordnance survey maps of the Lake District on some of the walls. The pub is renowned for its delicious food and it happily welcomes walkers, dogs, and families with children.

Food & Drink

The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck) pub

Food is served daily at the Queen’s Head and for walkers who are looking for a fabulous way to start their day, the pub welcomes non-residents to breakfast between 8am and 10am. There’s a range of tasty options available, including a full cooked breakfast, pancakes, and various types of eggs. The main menu is in operation from noon until 9pm and diners are spoilt for choice with a mixture of traditional pub favourites, modern British dishes, and internationally inspired cuisine. For those seeking something light during the day, there are a choice of hot and cold sandwiches available between noon and 5pm, or you could opt for one of the mouth-watering starters that include Moules Mariniere or Chorizo Scotch Egg.

The main menu changes with the seasons but typical dishes include a Lake District steak with a choice of side dishes and sauces, or a traditional fish and chips. If you are feeling adventurous then why not opt for the Gurkha chicken and cardamom curry, or a shredded duck and ginger salad. The pudding menu changes daily and they are all handmade. On Sundays, patrons are invited to enjoy a traditional British Sunday roast dinner with a choice of local meats served with all the trimmings. Children are well served here with a three-course menu that features all the usual favourites.

The Queen’s Head is a Robinsons Brewery pub and therefore serves a selection of well-kept cask ales from the brewery. Ales change regularly but you can expect to find popular varieties, such as Dizzy Blonde and Cumbria Way. Internationally known brands, such as Carling, are available on draught and there is a wide selection of bottled craft beers and ciders. There is a tempting array of gins with various garnishes and tonics, as well as a good choice of vodkas, rums, and liqueurs. Whisky aficionados will be satisfied with the choice of single malts from across Scotland, whilst wine lovers will be enamoured with a list that includes over 25 varieties of white, red, rose, and sparkling wines.

Other Features

The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck) outdoor seating

The Queen’s Head happily welcomes dogs with dog treats and water bowls available. The pub has several outside seating areas both in front and to the rear of the building.


The Queen’s Head (Troutbeck) accommodation

The Queen’s Head has ten en-suite rooms that have all been renovated following the fire. Beautifully appointed, the rooms are immaculately presented in a contemporary style that is sympathetic to the building’s heritage. The rooms are named after some of the Lake District’s most iconic fells and there are images of the fells on the walls to help inspire your walks during your stay. There are standard double and deluxe king rooms available, and some can be converted into twin rooms.

All rooms benefit from complimentary toiletries, a hospitality tray, a television, and free Wi-Fi. Guests can request packed lunches and flask refills, and bags for muddy boots, as well as printed walking guides are available. For families, there is the option to add an additional bed into some rooms, or some rooms can be booked together with a door in the corridor separating them from the rest of the hotel.


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