Drunken Duck Inn

Off B5286, Barngates, LA22 ONG, England

After four centuries, this friendly old coaching inn remains an outstanding place for both food and lodging. Bedrooms—bright, chic, and exceptionally comfortable—make good use of natural materials, such as local Herdwick wool and slate, and have wonderful views of the Langdale Pikes. Newer rooms have roll-top tubs and underfloor heating. The price includes afternoon tea and breakfast. Slip into the cozy bar with oak settles and order a tasty real ale from the Duck's Barngates Brewery. There's an open fire, and hops hang over the bar. The dining space has an open kitchen, dark-wood furniture, and hunting prints. Beef shin with puy lentils, artichoke, and horseradish is typical of the top-notch Modern British fare using locally sourced ingredients; lunch is less formal. The inn is 2½ miles from Hawkshead.

PROS

  • superchic rural style
  • excellent dining and drinking

CONS

  • hunting paraphernalia may put you off your beer
  • can feel isolated

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Romantic, Views
Sophisticated
Countryside
Design

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 015394-36347

HOTEL DETAILS

16 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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