Our family of five, including a six year old, had taken a cottage nearby for a week, as we do each year in different parts of the Lake District. Given the region's reputation for wet weather we have been lucky in past visits, but not in 2012! Oh boy, did it rain!
After a very squelchy week we opted for a 'final night dinner' at the Outgate Inn, a pretty pub near Hawkshead we had passed several times during the week. We hadn't booked as it was an early meal, but the welcome couldn't have been more welcoming. Oak beams, a log fire and lots of ales to choose from!
The restaurant looked good, but we chose to eat near the cosy bar area. The landlord, Keith Barton, was friendly and attentive. Having quickly served our drinks, he immediately brought crayons and a colouring book for our grand-daughter before taking our food order, advising on each dish on the extensive menu.
The pub was filling up, but our food was served up, piping hot, in no time. A sizeable child's portion for our six year old and enormous portions for the rest of us, all 'home made' by Keith's wife Sue and staff I believe, and beautifully presented.
The prices were reasonable for meals of such quality and we emerged back out into the rain, happy and replete, a couple of hours later. A real gem of a place and well worth a visit.
- Also Known As:
- Outgate Hotel Hawkshead
- Outgate Inn Hawkshead, Lake District