Convivial Cumbrian inn with scrumptious fare
NO WONDER GUESTS FLY BACK to the Pheasant year after year. This one-time farm became a coaching inn in 1778 and has been a haven of warmth and welcome ever since.
This is a beautifully kept Lakeland hostelry with 40 acres of grounds including a charming small garden. The mellow bar – all oak settles, polished walls, age-blackened wooden beams,
gleaming knick-knacks and log fires – has all the patina of a time-warp Lakeland hostelry. Bedrooms are pretty, fresh and filled with flowers, with old pine furniture, soft colours, lovely country fabrics and upmarket bathrooms stocked with quality French smellies.
Chef Malcolm Ennis’s traditional fare flirts agreeably with modern cuisine, and dishes look as good on the plate as they taste. Regulars come here from miles around for dinner, dropping in during the day for scrumptious afternoon teas complete with cucumber sandwiches and more-ish home-baked scones with rum butter
Morning tea in bed
Hit the Spot
Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, 7 miles from Keswick
Try the spacious four-postered Ennerdale suite – and snuggle up with tea in bed
Bracing walks start right from the doorstep, so no excuses!
Cumbrian conviviality mixed with country-house comfort.
Dine on local Cumbrian specialities with a contemporary twist, such as pan-roasted pheasant
and baby vegetables with wild mushrooms. Slumber contentedly, knowing that staff will be happy to bring you early-morning tea in bed when you awaken.
Famous huntsman John Peel was a regular here in the 19th century, and used to recount his exploits in the tap room. We suspect he’d be more than happy to unpeel one of the inviting four-posters
The Pheasant was reviewed by Room for Romance
THREE NIGHT SPECIAL AT THE PHEASANT
Visiting the Lake District? There's every excuse to stay at The Pheasant.
Stay for three nights at The Pheasant – a mellow old English coaching inn – between Sunday and Thursday for GBP 294 per person, including a three course menu from the set menu.
• Request Three Night Special” in the message box of our Booking Inquiry form
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The Pheasant serves modern French and English cuisine in its cosy, country-style restaurant lit by candlelight. Enjoy a trio of wild boar dishes, baked goat’s cheese tartlet and sorbet of the day
Nearby Keswick offers a wealth of pubs and restaurants.
Try the home-made chicken liver and brandy paté, the duo of lamb and maybe a calorifc hot sticky toffee pudding.
Table two is the most asked-for
See & Do
Get the wind in your sails along Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater, or don your hiking boots and head for the fells. Pretty villages, antique shops and tearooms abound in this unspoilt end of the Lake District. Ride on the Derwentwater launch, visit Wordsworth’s birthplace or take a brisk hike up any number of Cumbria's impressive peaks.
Head to Oxley’s Health Spa at Underscar.
Potter around the market town of Cockermouth, or bag a new Barbour at Keswick’s array of outdoor clothing shops.
This is a place to eat, drink and be merry
See what the region’s budding directors are up to at Keswick’s Film Festival.
Dance the night away at Kendal’s Lake District Summer Music festival.
Bassenthwaite Lake, nr. Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9YE
There is free guest parking
Penrith station – 20 miles
GBP 20-30 from the station
Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester – all about 100 miles
Rooms and suites
15 rooms and three suites
Warm, comfortable rooms have pretty pine beds, quality fabrics, Roberts radios, flat-screen TVs and fluffy robes in spotless bathrooms.
The inn has comfy lounges and open fires for cosying up.
GBP 160 - 190
Open all year
Minimum night stay?
Two nights at weekends
Breakfast is served until 9.45am. Morning specialities include Arbroath smokies and kedgeree.
Available morning and evening
No children under 12
Dogs are welcome in the Garden Lodge annexe rooms.
Matthew Wylie – owner