Lancrigg | Pub in Cumbria | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Lancrigg - Pub in Cumbria

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Easedale Road, Grasmere, LA22 9QN, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

Alison Drury
+44 (0)1539 435317(landline)

Family-friendly lakes retreat steeped in local history. Acres of wild country to get lost in and a splendid bar to help find yourself again

There’s nothing stuffy about this rambling old house on a hillside bang in the middle of the Lake District. A friendly informality pervades the place, so everyone will feel completely at home, from families with young ones to lone walkers. You can drink and snack in the cosy and stylish Poet’s Bar, once the old library, or get down to more serious eating in the dining room. This is where the hotel’s chef creates imaginative feasts, inspired by vintage recipes, using the very best of local, seasonal ingredients. Simon and his friendly staff look after you well. While the kids run wild in the woodland playground, relax in the sitting room by the fire, drink in those outstanding views, and tell yourself you’re going to go for a bracing walk soon. Wordsworth found this house an inspiring place to stay, and so will you.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Alison Drury:

Local points of interest from
Alison Drury:

  • Lancrigg is steeped in history. There have been many famous owners and guests over the years including naturalist Sir John Richardson, William and Dorothy Wordsworth and Charles Darwin (who gifted some of the tree specimens).
  • There are regular antique, arts and crafts fairs in Grasmere. Nearby, Allen Bank is also a fantastic place to take children of all ages who are tired of fell walking!On a culinary note, our restaurant is proud to have recently gained an AA Rosette
  • William and Dorothy Wordsworth were such regular visitors to Lancrigg that Dorothy used to sit and write up Williams notes in the gardens. William wrote a sonnet, 'Mark the concentrated hazels that enclose', about the Hazel trees in the woodland.
  • Easedale Tarn is close by for wild swimming, with stunning views of the waterfall. Helm Crag is a peak with outstanding wide views of the surrounding fells. Children also like the idea of seeing 'The Lion and the Lamb' at the top.
  • The silence at Lancrigg provides an undisturbed area for great wildlife. Red squirrels, Roe deer, Nuthatch and Tree Creepers are common sights. There are also colourful fungi and wild flowers to see around the grounds and higher on the fells.
  • Our hidden playground has been designed to let children use their imagination. From dam building in the stream to hide and seek with a zip wire base, there is plenty to keep them occupied. More elements are being introduced all the time.
Points of interest

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Two courses £28. Light lunches from £9.


15 January to early February.


Easedale Road, Grasmere, LA22 9QN, Cumbria


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