Pheasant Inn

Cumbria - Bassenthwaite Lake

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: Not listed

Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9YE

Tel: (017687) 76234



Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Bus: Yes

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The atmospheric public bar of this fine old Georgian coaching inn has not changed in many years. It is divided into two parts by a wide, shallow arch. The layout comprises a relatively small area in front of the counter and, behind the arch, a somewhat larger space for drinkers and diners. Positioned within the north side of the arch is a wondrously old gas fire. There is much panelling and the whole place would have been recognisable to Lakeland tourists of past generations. Elsewhere, a lounge bar (residents only) has some 1930s features and, in the side passage, there is a two-part glazed hatch inscribed ‘Waiters Only’, plus two old glazed panels.

Georgian coaching house now a smart hotel. One of the old inns of England and unlike the vast majority of such establishments this one has not been over-modernised and is included in this list for its public bar which is unchanged in 70 years. The layout is of a small area in front of the bar counter and an alcove of similar size through a segmented arch. On the inside of the arch is an early gas fire, possibly from the 1930s, and a long thin mirror on the other side. The bar counter and bar back are at least 70 years old and the original handpumps are situated on the bar back. The dado panelling and plaster walls have been lacquered over many times and there are some ancient settles.

On the passage-side there is a two-part glazed hatch with the words ‘Waiters Only’ and two other glazed panels – all early 20th-century work. The lounge bar, which can only be used by residents or diners, has a 1930s parquet floor, a stone fireplace of similar age and is served via a hatch with two shutter-like door. This upmarket hotel also has a two-part lounge on the left with old fireplace and service bell in the first part, and a dining room on the right. Please note the bar still keeps old-fashioned opening hours closing at 10.30 on Mon to Thu evenings.

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