The Pheasant

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, CA13 9YE

Price from: £110

The Pheasant, garden view

By David Atkinson, your Keswick expert

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#3 of 7
expert-rated hotels in Keswick
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
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Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.6
4.6
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, History, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Special occasions

Expert review of The Pheasant

The epitome of traditional Lakeland charm and the best bar around for miles

The Pheasant is built on solid foundations: 500 years of history as a traditional coaching inn and tap room. Today it's busy, popular and very much food led with lots of atmosphere and traditional Lakes charm.

I think this would be a great special-occasion escape and makes for an ideal base to explore the quieter, more appealing northwestern Lakes away from the honey-pot hordes.

Location: 

Set back from A66 in Forestry Commission land between Keswick and Cockermouth. It rests on the western flank of Bassenthwaite Lake with the looming peaks of Skiddaw and Helvellyn enticing walkers.

Bedrooms: 

The 15 rooms (two in the annexe Garden Lodge and open to dog owners) are traditional yet individually styled. Some have creaking oak beams, others dainty window seats overlooking the grounds, all come with tea trays, Robers radios and Molton Brown toiletries. There's a bit too many floral bedspreads for my taste but it feels in-keeping with the traditional decor of the property.

The three superior rooms offer cosy sitting areas within the bedrooms plus baths as well as power showers.

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Public areas: 

The Lounge for pre-dinner drinks and afternoon teas is refined and inviting with armchairs, a chiming grandfather clock and an open fire for chilly evenings.

Eating and drinking: 

Dining options are now divided between the Restaurant for fine dining and an all-day Bistro for more relaxed meals.

The former is has room to breathe and garden views to accomapny a set Market Menu and an a la carte Seasonal menu - try the local game in season. The latter, a 40-seat space created in 2010, offers gastropub-style food with daily specials chalked up on a huge blackboard and kids' options.

The piece de resistance of the Pheasant, however, is the bar, a red-ochre den ozzing character. It has Coniston Brewery ales on tap, a 70-stron menu of malt whiskies and 1920s artworks by local artists-cum-hellraiser Edward Thompson. This must be one the cosiest places in Cumbria to while away a winter evening.

Leisure facilities: 

Guests have a free pass to use the leisure facilities at nearby Armathwaite Hall.

For walkers, there's a daily weather forecast in each room, drying facilities and packed lunches avaialble to order.

Service: 

The service is generally attentive but calm to reflect the genteel overall atmosphere of the property.

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Who stays there: 

Walkers, retired empty-nesters, people celebrating anniversaries in style.

Price advice: 

Children aged eight and above are welcome - charged at £30 each b&b; dogs in the Garden Lodge at £5 per night.

Dinner, b&b rates are for a minimum of two nights.

Pros: 
The best bar in the northern Lakes
Bags of history and character
Choice to dining to avoid overkill
Cons: 
Reports of variable service

More information on The Pheasant:

Price from:
£110
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, CA13 9YE
Free tags / Keywords:
Historic bar
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service

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