You can't create a pub like this. It takes time and evolves over many years. You have the feeling that people wandering in 200 years ago would have seen much of what we see there today apart from nowadays there is electric light and, one imagines, a far wider choice of beer and food available than there was then. Uneven stone floors, low beams, a fantastic old wood-burning range in one of the small rooms all add to the character.
Very friendly hard-working staff and good food all add to the reasons we enjoy going there when we are on holiday in the Lake District. They offer some nice local beers including Hawkshead Bitter.
Our two carefully cooked and nicely presented main courses were:
1) some excellent juicy and tender sliced duck and
2) three excellent lamb cutlets .
Two courses for two of us and a couple of pints cost just under £50 which is, we find, about par for the course. We know that it can get very busy in the evnings with people eating so it may be worth ringing to book to be sure of getting a table.
Broughton Mills is in a lovely quiet area with some superb walking away from the crowds. One of Wainwright's walks from his Book 8 'The Outlying Fells' starts from here. It is a lovely walk.
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