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62 /100 BROOK HOUSE INN, BOOT
“Close to the Woolpack and walkable between the two, it's quite an isolated pub on the way to the Hard Knott pass, but looms large right on the small and only road in the area. There's a car par at its rear and tables and chairs out front. Inside the bar area is a traditional affair and comfortable and there's a fine selection of cask ales here, although as its aforementioned neighbour was having a beer festival on this place may have had more on than usual to compliment it, but am not sure. Food is served here.“
ManVsBeer 1120 days ago
70 /100 HARDKNOTT PASS
“The first or last pub before or after the Hard Knott pass, with some fabulous scenery and seemingly impossible roads to traverse. It's far easier to approach this pub from the west in a car. There's plenty of grounds to the pub and is child friendly, with a marquee set up on my visit as there was a beer festival on. As such none of the near dozen hand pumps were being used at the bar on my visit, but it's clear they have an excellent focus on cask ales here. There's a couple of rooms on the inside, but in the midst of the 2018 heatwave in the UK everyone was taking advantage of the large front garden and tables on a Saturday afternoon.“
ManVsBeer 1123 days ago
74 /100 BROOK HOUSE INN, BOOT
“Traditional pub in a hotel with a liberal sprinkling of taxidermy. Good selection of half a dozen or so varied beers from local micros. Staff are very friendly, and we were made to feel very welcome - if I’d been staying there a bit longer I think I’d have quickly had that "my local" feeling about this pub. It’s quiter than the Woolpack up the road, but thanks to the warmer welcome from the staff I think I prefer this one on balance - however, I have to say that the tiny Boot is a very lucky village indeed to have two such great pubs (plus another pub which we didn’t manage to get to). The three pubs host a joint beer festival each year with over a hundred beers between them, so it’s worth checking the website and timing your visit to coincide with that.“
wheresthepath 2956 days ago
68 /100 HARDKNOTT PASS
“Stunning location surrounded by mountains, also close to YHA. Huge venue divided into posh restaurant, traditional pub, modern vodka bar, takeaway pizza bar and cafe. They’ve also got a smokehouse and are about to add a shop. There’s table tennis, a kids playground and a piano (!!) in the garden It was very busy when we were there, so they’re clearly doing the right thing. About half a dozen varied local ales (always at least one from Hardknott) and several local ciders. Staff were equally varied - some hopeless, some friendly. The food was generally rather average (although I’d recommend the Tatie Pot). They say you can ask for larger portions for free; we did, but don’t think it makes any difference as the portions were still pretty moderate. Overall a fun place to be, but the service from some staff and food could use some work I’m afraid. I preferred the Brook House down the road. Worth noting that the three pubs in/near this village have an annual beer festival with over 100 beers between them - check website for details.“
wheresthepath 2956 days ago
76 /100 HARDKNOTT PASS
“Great location, great pub. Good food. Wide choice of local ales.“
Beesbeer 3198 days ago
72 /100 HARDKNOTT PASS
“Comfy pub with varied seating areas, standard array of food pus wood fired pizza oven.“
hrothgar950 3329 days ago
64 /100 BROOK HOUSE INN, BOOT
“Pleasant and cozy. Good hearty food. Beer selection seems good, maybe due to Boot Beer Festival being on...“
hrothgar950 3329 days ago
66 /100 BROOK HOUSE INN, BOOT
“A functional pub annexed to a traditional Lakeland hotel. The main bar of the Brook House Inn is rather like a barn or a modern day hunting hall with a predatory fox on a roof over the bar, other stuffed animals and birds and paraphernalia such as a variety of traps and brass bedpans. Despite the pot bellied stove and friendly service it felt a bit cold and sterile as it’s a rather large room and none too cosy. The entrance from the back is down a long, bare corridor – perhaps to accommodate walkers with their muddy boots and to separate the pub annex from the elegant, more comfortable traditional hotel, restaurant and snug. There were eight taps, three of which were off, and a range of malt whiskies. They also serve meals as well as cream teas, cakes and scones. (Visited 22 October 2011).“
Boudicca 3499 days ago
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