Places to eat and drink nearby
Please bear in mind that although most of the pubs and restaurants have reopened, the number of people they are allowed to accommodate is limited so it would be a good idea to book in advance of your holiday to avoid disappointment.
There are loads of excellent hostelries within easy striking distance of Fold Cottage but here's a few of our favourites:
The Outgate Inn - across the field in front of the cottage, a minute's walk away, with some decent beer and good food, and which generally gets good reviews in our visitors book. It came under new management in early 2020 and has been given a much needed boost. They've introduced a new outside seating area round the back, the food is good, the people are friendly and it's all looking very promising. We ate there a couple of times in April 2021 and it was on top form.
The Drunken Duck, Barngates - about 2 minutes drive, or a pleasant 15 to 20 minute walk along a quiet lane from Fold Cottage. Definitely the closest venue for a splendid dinner. Don't be put off by the spray-on mud brigade; the food's great and they brew their own beer! It's so popular these days that you'd be well advised to book a table long before your holiday. Map.
The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey. Perfectly placed for lunch if you're having a long day's walk down the side of Windermere or through the woods to the south of Latterbarrow.
The Eltermere Inn, Elterwater - in fact a small hotel looking across Eltermere, but it has a good bar behind the reception desk with tables in front of a massive old open fireplace - great for a winter's evening. Taken over by Wheelwrights in 2017 and so far, the food is not as good as it was, but it's early days. Map.
Chesters, Skelwith Bridge - a justifiably popular place for lunch and afternoon tea. A walk through the old Kirkstone Quarries yard, up the river Brathay to the waterfall and beyond through the meadows to Elterwater is an easy stroll to work off the cake. Map.
The Britannia Inn, Elterwater - probably the best pub in the Langdales, with good beer and reliably good, hearty food.
The Jumble Room, Grasmere - one of our favourite places for dinner and we'd go more often if they changed the menu a bit more, but if you're only going once or twice a year what's to lose? Great food, good music, nice people, quirky atmosphere. Map.
The Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite - 2009 Pub of the Year in the The Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide and only half an hour's drive away, the perfect place for a spot of lunch if you're having a drive round Lake Windermere. That said, last time we went, although the food was good the service was hopeless!
We haven't been there yet, but The Wild Boar in Windermere has received good reviews so we'll be giving it a try at the next opportunity.
... and then there's Ambleside, where you'll find a variety of pretty good restaurants - Thai, Indian, fish and chips, Italian, Lucy's, and many more. We've had a pretty good meal at Matthew's Bistro but if you order the bouillabaisse don't have a starter as you'll be tackling half of the North Sea. Freshers Cafe at the Courtyard on Rothay Road has been highly recommended by guests.
The Lake Road Kitchen - not cheap but superb for a special night out. The trick is not to order any extras and then you won't need to 'phone the bank manager when you leave. The home made bread is to die for!
Hawkshead is even closer, a pleasant walk across the fields on a summer's evening, and has one or two places worth exploring. The Sun and the Queen's Head are both worth a try. The Little Icecream Shop is not to be missed.
Let us know if you find anywhere particularly good.