Queuing for lunch? How about a smoky homemade burger (the pub has its own smokehouse) and a real ale (from the in-house micro-brewery)?
Legend has it Sir Richard de Gilpin bravely fought and killed a terrifyingly ferocious wild boar nearby. Today, that legend is a wild and distant cry from the warm Cumbrian welcome, the oak beams, the open fires and deep leather armchairs of this former Victorian hostelry.
You can graze at the restaurant and bar (meat is very much on the menu), open throughout the day, and retire to your ‘Classic’, ‘Feature’ or ‘Luxury’ room in the evening; the latter two categories benefit from ‘country house’ styling. Expect bed canopies, velvet armchairs and rich curtains – with the occasional eccentric flourish such as a copper rolltop bath or burnished-mirror furniture.
This country inn harbour’s a secret however. (No, not the remains of Sir Richard de Gilpin.) A 72-acre ancient woodland that spreads up the hillside behind it. There are several walking trails, a tarn and wildlife spotting including deer, sparrowhawks and woodpeckers. (You can borrow binoculars and wellies from reception.)
Lake Windermere and Bowness are less than 10 minutes away, while attractions such as Beatrix Potter’s house, pretty Hawkshead or Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage at Grasmere are a further 30 minutes’ drive. Windermere Golf Club is a short walk away. Now, where were we. Mad Pig Ale or Hog’s “54”?
The Wild Boar's Classic Rooms are our standard en-suite double or twin rooms. Comfy, double or twin beds and modern features such as smart LCD TV's and wi-fi come as standard. Guests have easy access to the rear car park, hotel garden and private woods.
The Wild Boar's Feature Rooms are individually designed, en-suite double or twin rooms. Comfortable double or twin beds and modern features such as smart LCD TV's and wi-fi come as standard. Extra features such as sofa and fire compliment your stay.
The Wild Boar's Luxury Rooms are individually designed, en-suite double rooms. Comfortable double beds and modern features such as smart LCD TV's and wi-fi come as standard. Extra luxury touches compliment your stay.
The Wild Boar grill and smokehouse delivers a delectable modern English menu (expect steaks and homemade burgers), championing a whole host of local produce and seasonal ingredients. Hearty meals are cooked up in a theatrical open kitchen. Embracing a passion for tradition, an effort is made to make use of Lakeland's natural larder when selecting produce for the menus.
The Wild Boar lounge and bar is a 'cut-above' watering hole with five real ales from the in-house micro-brewery (under the watchful eye of master-brewer Tim Bloomer, of Fell Brewery) and a restaurant-standard wine list from the well-stocked wine cellar. Pale ale or full-bodied red?
72 acres of ancient woodland spreads up the hillside behind The Wild Boar. There are several walking trails, a tarn and wildlife spotting including deer, sparrowhawks and woodpeckers. (You can borrow binoculars and wellies from reception.)
Guests staying at The Wild Boar enjoy complimentary access to the health club at nearby Low Wood Bay Resort, located 6 miles away:
Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3NF, England, Great Britain
Enjoy the largest natural lake in England with a Windermere lake cruise, provided by both modern cruisers and vintage steamers. The Lakeside Aquarium, on the shores of the Lake Windermere, is also worth exploring, with daily talks and feeds.
The Wild Boar is surrounded by 72 acres of private ancient woodland. A range of activities are available including:
• Clay pigeon shooting
• Axe throwing