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The Queen's Head Askham - Pub in Cumbria

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Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PF, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

the bookings team
+44 (0)1931 712350(landline)

A beautiful 17th century village inn on the edge of the Lowther Estate: lovely bedrooms, delicious food and The Lakes at your feet

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It’s a delight to sit down for a supper of 'super-posh' pub grub at this village inn. Pretty much everything that passes through the kitchen is reared, foraged and grown on the estate's farms. Charles, a committed custodian of the land, rears slow-grow breeds of beef, pork and lamb on the Lowther Estate. Then head chef, Anthony Amos, from the Michelin-starred Allium, at Askham Hall, dreams up satisfying menus using this superb local produce. Perhaps earthy truffle with creamy artichoke; roast grouse with turnip gratin and blackberry and fondant potato; hand-dived scallops; finishing with garden plum frangipane. Cosy up by the wood-burner, prop up the smart bar for a pint of local ale (always two to choose from) or glass of wine specially chosen by Askham Hall’s sommeliers. There are walks from the door along the river Lowther, glorious hikes in the fells and, of course, The Lakes to enjoy.

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 the bookings team:

Local points of interest from
the bookings team:

  • The Queen's Head Askham is situated in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, in the Eden Valley on the edge of the Lake District: an idyllic spot to visit.
  • Guests have access to a nearby 'Health Barn' offering a range or relaxation and therapeutic treatments, including a state of the art flotation tank, the only one of its kind in Cumbria.
  • The nearby sister hotel Askham Hall was the home of the Lowther family for over 200 years, after they moved from nearby Lowther castle in the 1930s. It is built up around a 12th-century Pele Tower. Guests can stroll around the gardens.
  • The Queen's Head is part of the 'Askham Collection'. Found on a family-owned ‘living’ estate, a collection of unique places to eat, drink and sleep on the edge of the Lake District.
  • The Askham area is a walker’s paradise, set above the River Lowther it is the perfect setting for a riverside walk, skimming stones or paddling with the children. If you are looking for spectacular scenery or something more challenging walk up Askham fell.
  • Lowther Castle is the original home of the Lowther family. Built at the turn of the 19th Century it is steeped in history. Extensive restoration work has been carried out in recent years and it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cumbria
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Another gem from the Askham Collection. The Queen's Head offers hearty, seasonal and home-produced food and comfortable, dog-friendly rooms. An ideal base for adventurous types with so many outdoorsy activities nearby."

Florence - Sawday's Inspector, United Kingdom

July 2021

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Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday, £45 per person. Sunday lunch also served.




Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PF, Cumbria


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