As the Government announces its staged roadmap to recovery, our joy and appreciation of the great outdoors has never been more prominent.  Many of the Great Inns of Britain are in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) close to well-trodden walks to enjoy spectacular views when we’re able to roam free once more. 

The Great Inns of Britain is a hand-picked collection of independently owned coaching inns and small boutique hotels across the UK.  Unique and full of character they have a shared reputation for exceptional food, drink, great service, and old-fashioned hospitality.  In our May newsletter, we’re focussing on our Great Inns in the north and the Lake District whose spectacular views have also graced our screens as the backdrop of many blockbuster films and favourite TV shows.

The dog-friendly Rose & Crown, enjoys a picture postcard setting in rural Teesdale where, since 1733, the Inn has overlooked Romaldkirk’s three village greens, complete with medieval stocks, water pump, Saxon church and charming stone-built cottages.

Teesdale is the perfect spot for nature lovers and walkers and you can enjoy hikes over rugged moorland, riverside walks and cycling on quiet rural lanes from the doorstep of the Rose & Crown.  It’s also the perfect base to visit Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum  and Raby Castle and a 45-minute drive from the historic Durham Cathedral, the star of the first three Harry Potter movies, and close to Low Force waterfall, which recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s multi-award winning blockbuster 1917.

The Rose and Crown, is a haven for walkers, as it sits on the cusp of the North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty, which incorporates much of the Durham Dales, a stunning landscape of heather moors, tumbling uplands and fantastic bird and wildlife.  It’s the perfect place to forget about lockdown life and we look forward to seeing you soon.

With its vast waterways, lush landscape, and jaw-dropping views, it’s no wonder the Lake District has inspired poets, writers, and film makers alike.  From the whimsy of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit to Wordsworth’s ode to the daffodil, the Lake District is part of our collective culture and the perfect spot for a staycation, we thought we would share some of our favourite cameo appearances of this beautiful location.

The Wild Boar Inn plays a lead role in Cumbria and is renowned for its extensive menu of locally sourced, seasonal dishes and well stocked wine cellar.  Set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, this traditional inn takes its name from the local legend of Sir Richard de Gilpin, who bravely fought and killed a ferocious wild boar close by.  No doubt it was taken to the kitchen where the head chef, will have turned it into a selection of award-winning dishes, just like current chef, Dylan Evans, who takes popular classic dishes and enhances them with a middle-eastern and Italian influence to create a unique plate to inspire the palette.

This delightful inn enjoys a fine reputation for amazing events in its 72-acre woodland, individually styled bedrooms and all the luxury you would expect for a five-star Lake District Inn.  It’s perfectly located with Bowness within a five-minute drive, Windermere in 10 minutes and Kendal only 15 minutes away.  The area is packed with places to explore from low level walks to full day treks.

It’s little surprise that the stunning vista of Cumbria was an integral member of the cast for the most recent adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic tale of children’s summer adventures on the lakes, Swallows and Amazons, and Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewen McGregor.  You may be more surprised however, to learn that Derwentwater in Borrowdale makes an appearance in Star Wars:  The Force Awakens and a premier of the film was held at Theatre by the Lake.  Ennerdale was the location for the closing scenes of Danny Boyle’s zombie apocalypse movie 28 Days Later, starring the then relative newcomer, Cillian Murphy.  With the survivors safely sheltering in an isolated farmhouse, the breath taking scenery displays the Lake District in its natural splendour illustrating it as the ideal place to reconnect post lockdown, with the sky, the landscape and nature in all its glory.

As we come out of lockdown and our inns readjust to the new normal, we look forward to offering you a fine Great Inns of Britain welcome very soon.