I've used the ODG for years as a place for a pint at the end of a day on the hills but this is the first time I've stayed there. Its an interesting experience. We were greeted by a seemingly stressed person who checked us in and immediately handed us over to one of the group of young eastern Europeans that seem to keep the place going to show us our room. The room is dated but not out of keeping with the ambience of the hotel which is based on the hotel's glory days of the 50s and 60s.
We took our meals in the friendly and relaxed residents bar and ate from a more or less standard pub menu and is very welcome after a day on the fells; the beer is very good too. The small size of the bar encourages folks to talk and we became aware that many of the customers were retired folk from Australia and North America walking the Cumbrian Way. Breakfast was excellent but starts too late for you to make full advantage of staying in the heart of the hills.
Its a shame that the hotel seems to turn its back on its place in UK walking and climbing. Few of the other guests seemed aware of the importance of the ODG. There are so many stories to be told.
- Also Known As:
- The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel Ambleside, Lake District