The White Lion Inn (Patterdale)

Patterdale, Penrith, CA11 0NW
The White Lion Inn (Patterdale) Outside

Located in a stunning corner of the Lake District, the White Lion Inn in Patterdale is a quirky and characterful inn in Patterdale, near Ullswater. The inn is on Wainwright’s coast to coast walking route, making it a popular choice of walkers, and it offers traditional pub grub, real ale, and overnight accommodation.

Inside this charming and traditional inn you will find some unusual features, such as a suit of armour, as well as a cosy fireplace in the winter and a television with Sky Sports. The pub is a 20-minute walk from Glenridding where you can hop on board an Ullswater Steamer.

Food & Drink

The White Lion Inn (Patterdale) pub

Photo thanks to the White Lion

The White Lion has two hand pulls for real ale and usually serves up Theakston’s Wainwright along with one other. The bar stocks a good choice of draught beers and ciders, as well as some bottled varieties. The wine list is limited, covering just the basics, but all varieties are available by both the glass and the bottle, with reasonable prices. The pub has recently enhanced its collection of gins, and you will find all the usual spirits and whiskies available here.

The Menu

Food is served daily from noon until 9pm. During quieter periods, these times may vary, and during peak periods, you may need to wait for a table as bookings are not taken. Sandwiches, filled rolls, and jacket potatoes are available until 6pm.

The main menu features all the usual pub favourites, including burgers, steak and ale pie, lamb stew, and fish and chips. Vegetarian options are very limited here and the pub prides itself on not being a “gastro-pub,” instead offering food that is filling and wholesome. Children can choose from a selection of hot meals with typical dishes, such as chicken nuggets, or a sandwich with crisps which is unusual for a pub.

Other Features

The White Lion Inn (Patterdale) beer garden

Photo thanks to the White Lion

The White Lion happily welcomes dogs throughout and has a collection of towels available for muddy paws. The pub has a television in the bar and a subscription to Sky Sports, enabling it to show some of the top football matches and other sports events. The pub has a car park across the road where there are also a small number of picnic benches for those who prefer to sit outside. The pub occasionally hosts live music events.


The White Lion has a small number of guest rooms available for overnight stays at very reasonable prices. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. All rooms benefit from en-suite facilities, as well as a kettle, and a television. A full cooked breakfast is available each morning and packed lunches can be provided for those who are planning a full day’s walking. Dogs can stay in the guest rooms with dog beds and towels available, and well-behaved pubs may be rewarded with a sausage or two in the morning.


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