The Pheasant

Guests receive a ‘friendly welcome’ at this ‘lovely’ country hotel, once a Lakeland staging post and coaching inn. It stands in ‘well-kept, peaceful’ gardens that extend towards the surrounding woodland. ‘It is nice and quiet despite the nearby main road, which cannot be seen,’ said a visitor this year. The traditionally styled bedrooms have a china tea service and a Roberts radio; each has views of the gardens or woodland. ‘Our good-sized room had a large canopied bed and two comfy chairs; the bathroom had natural light and lots of instant hot water.’ There is a choice of places to eat: the bar provides light lunches, real ales and 70 malt whiskies; the bistro serves ‘ample and tasty’ meals; in the Fell restaurant, Malcolm Ennis, the head chef, cooks traditional French/English dishes. ‘We ate in the bistro both evenings and found the plainer dishes, such as fish and chips, and pie of the day, to be the best.’ A residents’ lounge with a log fire is ‘a bonus’ when the pub, open to locals, is busy. (Lynn Wildgoose)
  • We ate at the restaurant and the bistro and enjoyed both. The bistro is very popular and fun, the restaurant is classy and has excellent food. The bar is remarkable - I am not surprised that it wins prizes. Our bedroom, Caldbeck, was delightful and spacious. The young staff were friendly and hard-working. There are ospreys breeding at the other end of the lake. All in all, this is a special place.

    Humphrey & Frances Norrington, 19/05/2016

  • Lovely building. Nice and quiet, despite the nearby main road, which cannot be seen. Our room was a good size with a large canopied bed, matching furniture and two comfy chairs and the bathroom had natural light. Lots of instant hot water. Turndown service during dinner. Lovely gardens, well kept and peaceful. We ate in the bistro both evenings and found the plainer dishes, such as fish and chips and pie of the day to be the best. Breakfast had very good choice and, although slow of service, it was hot and fresh when it arrived. Most of the staff were young but the majority seemed to know what they were doing. Nice friendly welcome and a good stay.

    Lynn Wildgoose, 03/07/2014

  • This charming inn is in beautiful countryside with plenty of local walking. It looks almost too chocolate-boxy to be true, but it is just as attractive inside. Our room, under the eaves, was of a good size and perfectly clean. The bed was enormous, with very good bedlinen, and the bathroom had the best power shower I've come across. The residents had their own lounge, bar and garden, which was a bonus as the pub was very busy. Breakfasts were excellent, but it was the dinners which really starred. We dined in The Fell restaurant on both nights; we had intended to try the Bistro but were so taken with the restaurant food that we ate in The Fell again

    Mary Hewson, 07/08/2013

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Keswick
A pretty market town, with a large range of attractions
Cockermouth
The birthplace of William Wordsworth.
Aldeburgh Music Festival
A year-round arts programme featuring folk, jazz and poetry.
Aldeburgh Golf Course
An 18-hole course, with views across the River Alde.
RSPB Minsmere
See avocets and marsh harriers.

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Contact Details

The Pheasant

BASSENTHWAITE LAKE Cumbria England CA13 9YE

Telephone

017687 76234

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

15. 2 on ground floor in lodge.

Open

all year except 25 Dec, restaurant closed Sun eve and Mon; bistro open daily

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, bistro, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, 40-acre grounds, lake 200 yds (fishing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 8, £30 to share parents' room.

Dogs

allowed in lodge bedrooms (£10 charge) and public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per room B&B £120–£190. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates