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“Fantastic hearty food, fantastic stay, wonderful weekend away” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Boot Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Boot B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic hearty food, fantastic stay, wonderful weekend away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed at the Boot Inn over the Easter weekend and had a lovely time. The rooms have been refurbished as mentioned by several other reviewers, and ours was extremely clean and warm and cosy, there was everything you need nice comfortable bed, nice ensuite bathroom.

It is a beautiful place with gorgeous views. The staff are extremely welcoming. And I really can't rate the food and attention given to guests enough from breakfast time through to dinner. I had lamb on the second night, with a leek and cheese potato side dish, and it was lovely. They didn't stint on the amount of meat given, giving me a a huge lamb shank and lamb chop. My husband's starter of scotch egg cooked in black pudding was cooked to perfection, and quite amazing.

We enjoyed lots of lovely walks, and as the Boot Inn is from the Pennington group, took a discounted day trip to the seaside in Ravenglass on the popular L'il Ratty, single gauge steam train.

At the end of the day we would return and relax in the bar with a drink next to the lovely open log fire - just gorgeous.

Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Just returned from a weekend at The Boot Inn and had a wonderful weekend. Have previously visited 2 years ago. The Inn has now been refurbished downstairs and the transformation is excellent, the décor is great. The open fire was always lit and it was most enjoyable to sit beside the fire with a drink.

The staff were very helpful and friendly .. so top marks to all the staff. The food was excellent. The prices are slightly higher than the other pubs in the area but we had no complaints about the food at all, it was fresh, hot, very tasty and there was plenty of it.

Our room had not been refurbished, but was informed the rooms are still to be done, however we didn't feel this was a problem, everything was clean, the bed was comfy and there was plenty of towels and hot water. (no TV, but who wants to watch the telly when you have such spectacular views)

The views from the Inn are brilliant, there are numerous walks in the area and in all the Inn is defiantly worth a visit - we will be returning .

Keep up the good work

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Just had a weekend away at the Boot Inn and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We visited Boot last year for the beer festival and went to the pub then but felt it was a bit jaded and lacked a comforting atmosphere. Got a voucher deal to go there and expected basic accommodation and food. However, we were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived and saw the newly refurbished bar - it was a lovely place to sit and relax. We also were apologised to for the room not having been 'done up' yet but we found it clean and very comfortable. We had our evening meals there on both nights and they were delicious. One thing not mentioned before but that really impressed us was the staff - they were friendly and helpful and seemed to work really well together as a team. Thanks to all of you for a fabulous stay. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kathy812
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Before being taken over and refurbished by the Pennington Group, the Boot Inn had its faults - it was tired, even grubby, sometimes ropey ales (but then it was/is a Robinsons pub, so what do you expect??), but it was always a proper traditional walkers pub. Reasonable prices, hearty food for those who had been out on the fells all day, and an old fashioned lakeland pub atmosphere.
Alas, no more.
The refurbishment has ruined the place - in an attempt to make it look traditional, the wood panelling and floor are obviously shiny and new, the walls are whitewashed, and all traces of character have been lost. And the menu?? Not only is it expensive, but its more of a restaurant menu than the hearty fare we wanted/expected. I mean, come on - £11.95 for Cumberland Sausage, Egg and Chips!!!!
And, the pool table and dart board have also vanished - although I did overhear the chap behind the bar comment that evenings are nice and quiet now the dart board is no longer there, which seems a bit of an odd thing to say .......correct me if Im wrong, but dont they want to encourage trade after the food service has finished????
A visit to the Boot Inn before returning to Ravenglass on the Ratty Train was always something for us to look forward to when on our regular visits. But now, as my son pointed out, "its like an old friend has died".
Sadly, we will not be back, and I pray that if local gossip is to be believed, and Holly House Hotel in Ravenglass has been taken back by the Penningtons, who own it, rather than re-letting it to a tennant, fingers crossed that it also is not ruined when reopened. If I could afford it, Id buy it off them, and keep it the way it should be!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Just spent the most wonderful weekend at the Boot Inn. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has just been refurbished to a really high standard. We were shown to our rooms with an apology that they hadn't been refurbished yet. It really didn't matter as it was lovely as it was with a big square bay window overlooking the mountains. I agree with a previous review that the breakfast was one of the best I have had. We took our dog with us and I think he enjoyed it more than us as all the staff made a big fuss of him. Just a note "Mr Robinson" if you read these reviews...please have a go at brewing a "dark strong ale". Great base for some stunning walks. Loved it, can't wait to go back. Thanks for a fab weekend.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kh0151
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

enjoyed a couple of days here with our voucher - it was along a long country road but was well worth it. The food was lovely and the beds so comfortable. We had our small dog with us and it too enjoyed the lovely walks and scenery. I would strongly recommend a visit. We had a problem with a troublesome noise late at night but after approaching the staff it was sorted out immediately which was fine.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have just returned from a fantastic weekend away at the Boot Inn and it was excellent. Set in the middle of the Lake district it has hard to get too initially as some of the roads were still closed due to the snow but well worth the half hour detour to get there. The very tiny village of Boot has only a handful of picturesque cottages, terraced houses and a couple of pubs/restaurants but surrounded by esquisite and picturesque countryside not forgetting being situated at the base of Sca Fell, britains highest mountain. Upon reception we were greeted by a roaring open fire and staff who simply couldn't do enough for us. Our room wasn't roomy but definately cosy with old style furniture that fitted in with the quaint style of the Inn. A selection of hand pull beers were well kept and very refreshing after our journey from Yorkshire. We sampled the food menu both nights we were there simply because the food was very well priced and to an exceptionally high standard, to eat elsewhere may have tarnished our stay. Breakfast was a plentiful full English served nice and hot. During your stay you can either lounge in the spacious gardens or conservatory or settle in by a roaring fire or if like us you could opt for one of the vast amounts of rambling opportunities available. Overall this was one of the best weekend breaks we have taken and certainly value for money.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Boot Inn
Address: Eskdale Valley, Boot CA19 1TG, England (Formerly the Burnmoor Inn)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Boot
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Boot
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boot Inn nestles in the tiny hamlet of Boot, deep in the heart of the Eskdale Valley. Within easy walking distance of The English Lake Districts largest and most majestic fells, yet only 7 miles from the sea. We provide first class food, drink and accommodation with nine letting bedrooms, bar, conservatory and snug areas, we also have ample car parking and a large beer garden. The inn itself has been catering for the hungry and thirsty travellers since the 17th century, offering a selection of traditionally kept cask ales, fine wines, sprits, continental beers, soft drinks and excellent food. At the Boot Inn we endeavour to source as many of our ingredients and most of our produce locally including the almost legendary cumberland sausages. Everybody is welcome included our four legged friends. With real log fires for those chilly autumn, winter or even summer days, a warm welcome is always guaranteed. The valley provides a wealth of opportunity for outdoor activity with Scafell, Great Gable, Harter Fell, Bowfelll, Crinkle Crags and many others all within walking distance without having to cross a single road! Cyclists can pitt themselves against the Hardknott and Wrynose passes, the steepest section of road in England leading to the Duddon Valley and Langdale. For those of a more spiritual and historical interest there is to be found the remains of a Roman Fort in the upper reaches of the valley and the beautiful 14th century church of St Catherines only a short stroll away. Slightly further afield attractions such as Muncaster Castle and Eskdale Golf Course are close by. ... more   less 
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