We are very lucky to have several excellent pubs in and near to Grasmere. Here are five that we recommend to guests, or head to regularly ourselves.
Tweedies Bar - a CAMBRA pub
Less than a five minute stroll (or stumble!) from Lake View Country House is Tweedies. This CAMBRA pub has a superb range of real ale which changes regularly. Bar staff are helpful and they offer planks of three if you can't choose! They also serve really good food and have live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. It's worth booking a table, even during the quieter months, as it can be really busy on weekends.
2. Travellers Rest
The open fire at the Travellers Rest
A large pub with plenty of space for enjoying a pint of local ale. There is a large dining room where they serve traditional pub food. It's slightly outside Grasmere and so it makes a great way to end a walk at the north end of the village.
3. Badger Bar
Badger Bar - one of our favourite spots for lunch after a walk
A great pub on the edge of Rydal. The Badger Bar is cosy inside with some outside seating too. Their food is just the job after you have explored Rydal Caves or walked the Coffin Trial. If you have one too many ales and don't fancy the walk back to Lake View, you can get the bus from outside the bar straight back to the top of Lake View Drive!
4. Kings Head
The Kings Head makes a good choice after walking north of Grasmere
Not strictly in Grasmere as the King's Head is fifteen minutes drive north of the village. However, it's a great choice if you've been walking around Thilmere, Helvellyn or Fairfield. It has a lovely large outside seating area. Whilst the bar is small is does have a decent range of ales and good food.
5. Kirkstone Pass Inn
Kirkstone Pass Inn - beware of the ghosts?!
Another pub that is a fifteen minute drive away, but worth a visit all the same. The Kirkstone Pass Inn is in a beautiful location, if your car can make it up the infamous Struggle to get there. On our first visit, our Fiat 500 couldn't manage the ice and we had to abandon our visit! We've been back since to enjoy pints of golden ale and generous portions of pub grub. It's said to be the most haunted inn in Britain and is the highest inhabited building in Cumbria.
Where have we missed?! Please let us know which pubs you love in or near to Grasmere and we will add them to this post.