Hare & Hounds – Levens, Cumbria
Not only is the modest but charming Hare & Hounds that rare find – a thriving watering hole – it’s also the only place for miles that serves food all day, every day. It’s their background as former managers of London branches of All Bar One that makes it natural for the owners, Ash and Becky Dewar, to offer continual dining. Coupled with their easygoing, friendly approach, this has once again made the centuries-old inn a popular local hub. The website sums it up: ‘We are friendly and welcoming to all: families, tourists, walkers, cyclists, children, muddy boots, dogs.’ The menu of homemade pizzas, burgers and pub classics, plus drinks – including cocktails – can be enjoyed by the fire in the bar or, on sunny days, in the spacious terraced beer garden. For overnight visitors there are four bedrooms, smartly decorated and luxuriously equipped above the pub, while for less transient guests there’s a spacious new barn annexe with all the facilities for self-catering, plus handy access to the pub for meals. For a cosy night in, staff can even deliver pub food straight to your door.
Doubles from £95
+44 (0)1539 560004; hareandhoundslevens.co.uk