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Blacksmiths Arms - Pub in Cumbria

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Broughton Mills, Broughton-in-Furness, LA20 6AX, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

Michael & Sophie Lane
+44 (0)1229 716824(landline)

Utterly unspoilt local, serving seriously good food with cask ales and cider in the summer when the terrace is in full flower

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In the land of rugged hills and wooded valleys, you approach down a winding lane between high hedges; once round the final bend, the low-slung farmhouse-inn comes into view. Welcome to an utterly unspoilt little local. Inside: four small slate-floored rooms with beams and low ceilings, long settles and log fires, and a bar that is strictly for drinking – there's little room for anything else. Find three cask ales (two local, one guest) and traditional cider in summer. Across the passage: a room serving proper fresh food – snacks or full meals – and two dining rooms sparkling with glass and cutlery. The blackboard advertises dishes with a contemporary slant, and beef and Herdwick lamb reared in the valley. The food is so good it gets busy; in summer you can wander onto a flowery terrace.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Michael & Sophie Lane:

Local points of interest from
Michael & Sophie Lane:

  • Coniston Water – for sailing, canoeing, wild swimming, picnicing
  • Coniston Old Man – The highest peak in the Coniston Fells and at 2600ft the highest peak, this far south in the Lake District, with views, on a clear day, to North Wales.
  • Duddon Valley – Wordsworth’s favourite valley, dominated by the River Duddon, beautiful for walking, cycling, wild swimming and picnicing
  • Broughton in Furness – Historic market town, shops selling local produce, weekly livestock auction.
  • Brantwood – Former home of John Ruskin, Philosopher, Social Reformer and Artist. Beautiful house and gardens overlooking Coniston water.
  • Lickle Valley – The Blacksmiths Arms is located within the Lickle Valley - Walks along the River Lickle, in the Forestry, on the Dunnerdale Fells
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Another awesome Sawday’s recommendation! We would never have found this fantastic pub without your help as it’s tucked away on an idyllic hillside off the beaten track. The food was outstanding and we managed to catch the last of the afternoon sunshine in the small eating area outside. The pub interior is so traditional that you can’t help but get a sense of the history of the place in the stone floors and low ceilings. The views back across to Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve as we headed back to our accommodation were stunning. This part of the Lake District really is a hidden gem. Thank you. "

Katie - Manchester , United Kingdom

June 2022
"It is easy to have good intentions about leaving feedback and when you get home life takes over again. I wanted to say something though about the Blacksmiths arms as I think it is an absolutely cracking pub. Unfortunately so many pubs are getting 'blandified' in brown but this one is a real stonker....oodles of character, friendly landlady and yummy beer. Myself and two sisters happened upon it whilst cycling and luckily it was open. Would have quite happily stayed all afternoon.....and would definitely seek it out again if I am ever nearby. Go and visit and savour an increasing rarity."

Janet - Llanfairwaterdine, Welsh Borders, United Kingdom

May 2018

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Lunch & dinner £10.95-£14.95. Lunch, 2 courses, £12.95. Bar meals from £4.95. No food on Mondays.


2.30pm-5pm Tues-Fri & Mon lunch (except bank hols). Open all day Sat & Sun.


Broughton Mills, Broughton-in-Furness, LA20 6AX, Cumbria


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