M6, Junction 40; 5 minutes
Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Electric car charging
Sister to glamorous Askham Hall hotel and the Queen's Head pub down the road, this low, white-washed building is a classy country inn with gourmet food to match. It's at the heart of the Lowther Estate and is a hub for the community. The run of intimate, interconnecting rooms have flagstone floors, scrubbed tables and walls hung with period photographs. There’s a sunny courtyard with chunky benches and an enclosed garden where kids and dogs can run free – ask staff for local hiking tips.
Food is foraged, organically home-grown, or sourced locally. Field to fork reigns supreme. The monthly-changing menu may include twice-baked cheese and spring onion soufflé, slow-cooked shorthorn beef or a rich chocolate pot. Mingle with the locals in the cosy bar or sink into a sofa to digest.
The pub re-opens in spring 2023 following a refurb so the above may change. Do check ahead for current opening hours and menu specifics.
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