What was built as a coaching inn in the mid 19th century, then an Italian restaurant has reverted to life as a deservedly-popular 'local', offering real ales, good season food and a comfortable place to stay. Expect plenty of atmosphere, including dried hops, and candlelit tables in the dining room at night.
On the food front, at lunchtime they offer everything from Sandwiches through Salads and Baked Potatoes to more substantial blackboard specials.
While the menu expands to include the likes of 'Duck Liver Parfait with Orange & Red Onion Marmalade & Crispy Flat Breads'; 'Goats Cheese & Sun-Blushed Tomato Parcels on Walnut & Apple Coleslaw'; 'Garlic King Prawns with Tomatoes, Olives, Salad Leaves & Chorizo Dressing' and 'Crayfish, New Potato & Salad and Tomato Crème Fraiche' among the starters.
Depending on the season, perhaps 'White Onion & Butternut Squash Tart with a Brie & Pine Nut Crust, Salad & Garlic New Potatoes'; 'A Trio of Local Sausages with Bubble & Squeak, Red Onions & Scrumpy Jack Gravy' and 'Cod, Smoked Haddock & Salmon Seafood Pie with a Leek, White Wine & Tarragon Potato Cake' plus a selection of Steaks & Fish of the Day (the latter displayed on a blackboard) listed among the mains.
Much of the meat comes from the inn's estate, as does the game - which figures prominently in darker months.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Chocolate Trifle with a Brandy Snap Curl'; 'Apple & Cinnamon Cheesecake with Rhubarb Jelly' or Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; Mon-Fri set L £8.50 (2 courses), £11 (3 courses); mains about £10 to £18
- Dinner: all week 18.00-21.00 (Saturday 21.30); mains about £11 to £26
- Wine: a well-chosen list should have something for everyone
- Children's portions: Yes, including menu
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map on page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available