I visited this lovely old hostelry with my son in May and stayed for 3 nights . The rooms and en suites are on the small side but perfectly adequate. The pub is the heart of this lovely Cumbrian Village and ideally located for Blencathra and all of the northern fells. Its the type of place you look forward to coming back to after a day in the Hills as the food and atmosphere are both wonderful.
All the staff are friendly and efficient and it really is a well managed operation given its popularity. The food is consistently of a high quality although a little expensive for pub grub. The bars and restaurant were packed on all 3 nights of our visit and its advisable to book if you want to eat. The pubs age lends itself to an amazing atmosphere with locals and tourists mixing amicably at the bar. I don't know how the staff cope so well given the number of covers they serve each night.
Because the Horse and Farrier has an established reputation it is always busy and my only criticism is that there are too many tables packed into the restaurant area and we had to move twice as I didn't like eating close to the bar.. I also think the drink prices are too steep as £4.00 for a pint of real ale is what I'd expect to pay in London not the Lakes!
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