Brown Horse Inn

Winster, Windermere, Cumbria, England, LA23 3NR

Price from: £94

View from road, Brown Horse Inn

By David Atkinson, your Windermere expert

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#5 of 10
expert-rated hotels in Windermere
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Bedrooms:
4.2
4.2
Eating/drinking:
4.6
4.6
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Brown Horse Inn

The traditional coaching inn is moving with the times.

Some traditional Lakeland properties come across a bit lah-di-dah at times: all "Yes, sir, no sir" and "Look at our tasting menu".

That's why I liked the Brown Horse. It has the heritage appeal of a traditional coaching inn, the inspired menu of a dining hotspot and an annexe of new, boutique-inspred rooms. Yet it also feels grounded in real life with no-fuss ethos and a genuine sense of no-nosense Cumbrian culture.

Maybe that's because the family still farms across the road and the wafts of the countryside are the first thing to grab you as you step out of the car.

Feet up by the fire, real ale in hand, dinner in the oven. I already feel at home.

Location: 

Rural - don't expect a mobile signal. It's anout 1.5 miles outside of Bowness on the scenic Lythe Valley Road. Great views.

Bedrooms: 

The five rooms in the main building are specious and traditional with oak beams and high ceilings. They creak and groan with the age of the building.

Four new cottage-style rooms in an annexe off the back of reception are quieter and more modern, although the neutral colours and Italian renaissance artworks on the walls feel slightly out of keeping with the more rustic overall ambience.

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Public areas: 

Rustic and cosy, espeically in the bar. Personally, I'd happily loose the TV showing football matches.

One thing: I soon tired of Elton John on permanent rotation in the bar. I guess that's why they call it the blues.

Eating and drinking: 

Qulaity, gastropub-style food is the key draw and self sufficiency is the big idea. Most of the produce is sourced in a three-mile radius with meat and vegetables simply crossing the A5074 from farm field to fork.

I found a hearty plate of pork loins with chive mash and black pudding went down rather well, especially when accompanied by a pint of Old School, one of four in-house microbrewery ales, with hints of caramel.

The year-old microbrewery, charmingly installed in a former cow shed, is going great guns with two ales and two lagers. The farm shop beyond the car park has lots of homemade goodies and flavours from the restaurant to take home wirth you.

Leisure facilities: 

Ask about using the hotel's pass for a local leisure club.

Service: 

In keeping with the overall atmosphere, it was friendly and unfussy.

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Who stays there: 

Families in the larger rooms; gastropub afficianados; people who like substance over style.

Pros: 
Simple but satisfying
Local ales
Farm-fresh produce
Cons: 
Chilly bathrooms
Room incongruous with overall tone

More information on Brown Horse Inn:

Price from:
£94
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Winster, Windermere, Cumbria, England, LA23 3NR
Free tags / Keywords:
Microbrewery
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant

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