Good Hotel Guide Review
The humble setting of this former coaching inn, half a mile from the Scottish border, belies its chic bedrooms and creative cooking. Owners Gerald and Margo Smith, of nearby Netherby Hall, have created a stylish interior – soft colours, tweedy fabrics, modern art – while retaining a traditional pub character of exposed stone walls and wood-burning stove. In the kitchen, Chris Archer has gained a Michelin plate and three AA rosettes for his skilful treatment of seasonal produce, much from the Hall’s walled garden. The tasting menu offers dishes such as wild garlic with morel vinaigrette, Herdwick lamb with stuffed cabbage and sweetbreads, and lemon meringue with pistachio and green tea. Bedrooms – some in the adjoining converted barn with high ceilings and exposed beams, others up a swanky glass-banister staircase – have tartan throws and headboards, rustic wooden cladding and designer bathrooms. All enjoy views across Cumbria or into Scotland, fresh flowers from the Hall and home-made shortbread. Breakfast in the conservatory – with more views – includes freshly squeezed juice, omelettes, and avocado and poached eggs.
9. 3 in converted barn, covered walkway from reception, 3 on ground floor.
all year, except 25 Dec (bar only) to 12 Jan, closed Sun (apart from bar), Mon, Tues.
bar, restaurant, conservatory, in-room TV (Freeview), beer garden, EV charging, bar and conservatory wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, free cot, no extra bed.
allowed in 3 bedrooms (£15 per stay, welcome pack), bar and conservatory, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £120, D,B&B doubles from £325. 8-course tasting menu £95.