The Pheasant 2019-01-15T09:44:12+01:00

    Project Description

    The Pheasant

    A charming old coaching inn nestled in a peaceful setting close to Bassenthwaite Lake, The Pheasant is one of the last remaining traditional Cumbrian hostelries and exudes a peaceful, period atmosphere.


    The Pheasant offers traditional hospitality amidst elegant surroundings – with comfy sofas, antiques, exposed beams, real log fires and stunning fresh flower arrangements. Stretching back over 5oo years, the history of The Pheasant includes being a farmhouse before conversion to an ale house in 1778. Come the 19th century the famous huntsman John Peel was a regular – he’d often celebrate and recount his exploits in the tap room, which is now the Hotel’s renowned bar. Named the Good Pub Guide’s Hotel Bar of the Year in 2008, the bar is the epitome of a Lakeland hostelry with mellow, polished walls and old oak settles and welcomes both visitors and locals for a convivial drink.


    Fifteen individually decorated bedrooms and suites combine understated luxury with all modern comforts, whilst beautiful fabrics and antique pieces help to create a truly relaxing haven for your break in the Lakes.

    Food & Drink

    The inn’s excellent menus range from local Cumbrian specialties to fine dining choices and have earned The Pheasant an AA Rosette along with numerous other awards. Perfect for gatherings of family, friends or colleagues, the Private Dining Room seats up to 16 people and has its own adjoining lounge. The Pheasant is also well known for its traditional Cumbrian afternoon tea, offering the temptation of home-made delicious treats in the lounge by a roaring fire


    • Single from £95
    • Double/twin from £120
    • Deluxe rooms from £150


    Meet the Chef

    The Pheasant has had the same excellent Head Chef leading the kitchens team for more than 20 years.

    Malcom Ennis trained at West Cumbria College and then worked at Bower House, Eskdale, Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside, and Keswick Hotel. This was followed by a short spell at the Miller Howe Hotel in Windermere and at the Clifton Hotel in Workington, before he moved to his long-standing post at the Pheasant.

    Malcom and his team have a dedication to local produce and use only locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. His passion for fresh ingredients has drawn the Cumbrian people as well as visitors from further away to The Pheasant for over 20 years and the menu and its popularity only continues to grow. The Pheasant has an AA Rosette award and is mentioned in the ‘Good Pub Guide’.

    Out & About

    There are many reasons to visit the Lake District; one of the most obvious is the sixteen naturally formed lakes that make up the magnificent scenery. Perfect for walking and cycling, the routes take in the very best of the region’s stunning views, all on the doorstep of The Pheasant Inn.

    Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy. It is a stunning Georgian townhouse that invites you to step back into the 1770s, as it is presented as it would have looked when they lived there with their parents; with real food on the tables and a fire burning in the working kitchen. Don’t forget to climb the stairs down to the cellar where the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell you their stories.

    Recommended Local Attractions

    • Bassenthwaite Lake Ospreys – 5 mins
    • The Fells – 5 mins
    • Wordsworth’s House – 10 mins
    • Pencil Museum – 10 mins
    • Rheged Visitors Centre – 40 mins

    Retail Therapy

    • Keswick – 10 mins
    • Cockermouth – 10 mins
    • Carlisle – 40 mins

    All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.

    Dog Friendly

    Situated in the Lake District, with an abundance of local walks and four dog friendly rooms available, The Pheasant warmly welcomes dogs to stay.

    Dogs can stay with their owners in Garden Lodge bedrooms, and two of their standard rooms, along with enjoying the comfortable surroundings of the lounges and bar. Bring your dog along for only £10 per night and experience the beauty of the glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and woodland walks of the surrounding area.

    Book online


    Bassenthwaite Lake,
    Near Cockermouth, CA13 9YE

    T 01768 776 234

    15 Bedrooms

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    Dog Friendly 

    Four of 15 bedrooms are dog friendly with a £10 charge per dog per night. Call or mention when booking online to request. Dogs welcome in the bar but not the restaurant. Washing facilities provided.

    Map & Directions

    Please click the map below for directions.

    Location of The Pheasant

    Transport Links

    By car – for sat nav use CA13 9YE

    Penrith Railway Station – 40 mins

    Carlisle Railway Station – 40 mins

    Manchester Airport – 120 mins

    Glasgow Airport – 120 mins