Not only is the modest but charming Hare & Hounds that rare find these days, a thriving watering hole, it’s also the only place for miles around that serves food all day, every day. It’s their background as managers at branches of All Bar One in London that makes it natural for owners Ash and Becky Dewar to offer continual dining. Coupled with their easygoing and friendly approach, this has once again made the centuries-old inn a popular local and village hub. The website says it all: ‘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 – teas and coffees, goes down a treat. For overnight guests there are four bedrooms, smartly decorated and luxuriously equipped, two with large tubs as well as showers. In an elevated position overlooking fields, the pub is close to the wonderful topiary garden at Levens Hall, a must-see.
Doubles from £85
+44 (0)15395 60004; hareandhoundslevens.co.uk
The Lyth Valley, cited as ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’, is a tranquil escape from the world with rolling green hills and pretty pastures as far as the eye can see.
In the Hare & Hounds restaurant – tuck in to delicious gastro dishes made with fresh local produce or take one of its hand-rolled crispy pizzas up to your room for a quiet night in.
Stocked in every room at the Hare and Hounds, local Lake District brand Bath House blend natural ingredients and artistic creativity to create luxury pampering products. Visit one of their Lake District shops to take a little piece of paradise home.
CLAIM TO FAME
The pub has been standing for over 300 years and there’s a list of former occupants in the bar, with amusing notes on each tenant.
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