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Drunken Duck Inn

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We say

People drive from far and wide to visit the Drunken Duck, which stands as a welcome oasis on a rustic hill between Ambleside and Hawkshead. It’s as much about the rooms and boutique stylings – which make for a great weekend escape – but the food and drink come up trumps too: contemporary gastro fare, strong on local sourcing and seasonal dishes and flavours. The menu is relatively simple at lunch (sandwiches, mushrooms on toast, fish pie) and more adventurous at dinner (say, monkfish on saffron mash). Meanwhile, the really welcoming bar specialises in the inn’s own Barngates Brewery beers, most quirkily named after the old pub dogs (Tag Lag, Cracker etc).

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Worth seeking out ★★★★★

Definitely worth the trip out from any of the towns in the lakes - this is far better than any other restaurant in the area that we visited, and the pub is a nice little country pub too. If you're walking in the area and its sunny, you can drop by for a drink, sit outside on the benches and watch the world go by. If you do want to sit inside to eat you'll have to book ahead if you go in holiday season though, so it's worth phoning in advance to make sure they're not too busy.

Drunken Duck Inn reviewed by on August 3rd, 2013

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Lunch dishes £6–£15, otherwise starters £7–£10, mains £13–£25


  • Bar
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor Seating

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  • Countryside
  • Remote Location
  • Romantic
  • Sensational Views


Daily noon–11pm; meals served noon–4pm & 6pm–9pm

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