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White Lion, Patterdale

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Pretty average considering the potential. Only two ales on; the Bass being pretty manky, the White Lion Ale decidedly better. The food menu was rather patchy but the food actually rather good. This is a far from awful pub, but if you have (alcohol free) transport, pop a couple of miles up the road to the Brotherswater for a better experience.
Igwinder - 16 Dec 2013 16:47
Had their own brew on when I visited as part of the Coast to Coast. It was a good pint and not too strong, just the ticket. Food was good, suet pudding, and plentiful and whilst service wasn't effusive it was friendly and efficient.
Howellsey - 24 Jun 2010 21:56
Visited the White Lion this week and found it to be a very attractive looking pub.
It may be an Enterprise property but it didn't feel like part of this big chain and as such, deserves credit.
The hand pulled ales on offer were Tirril's 'Wainwright knew my Father' and one from the Jennings brewery.
The beer was pleasant enough, the pub was warm and inviting and it boasts a fantastic view of Place Fell from a rear window.
A pub that is pleasing on the eye, yes it can improve, but so much better than the Hotel nearby.
SouthYorkshireman - 27 May 2009 23:41
I ate a late lunch here on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Although the food was not particularly attractively presented, it was nicely cooked and modestly priced for the Park. The beer, Tirril and Cumberland Ale, seemed to be in good condition. It is not a great pub but it is now worth visiting.
drtimthornton - 16 Jul 2008 11:35
This pub (an Enterprise Inn) has definitely improved. Very welcoming staff, pleasant en suite rooms for Coast to Coast people and satisfying bar food. Dried all our gear and boots for us without a murmur. Only disappointment was the beer - a bland obscure bitter which I guess is bought in cheap. Gets very busy of an evening.
GrahamH - 6 Jul 2008 16:01
Since the reviews below were written the White Lion has been taken over by new management.
The food is of excellent quality and great value for money.
The food and drinks served in the pub are actually the cheapest in the surrounding area.
The accommodation is also very reasonabally priced with compact but clean rooms.
I also run a pub named the White Lion which was my reason for visting this one and i would certainly go back. Highly recommended.
whitelion - 21 Mar 2008 11:14
Used to be a good pub , but now it' very overpriced. But you are sort of stuck if you're on the coast to coast walk, go down the road to Glenridding, the bar is cold but cheaper, much cheaper.
mineisalandlord - 9 Oct 2006 20:14
It's not a BAD pub...the food did look overpriced, but I've never eaten there. Slightly disappointing beer selection (for the Lake District) but the beer is OK. That's the thing about this pub...I can only describe it as OK. Still it's a lot better than the dire places I'm used to in Birmingham.
Muzthing - 7 Nov 2005 13:58
The trouble with a very large number of Lakeland pubs is that, given a year-round supply of customers, the landlords don't have to try. Beer and food prices are often way above anything you might encounter, say, on the North Yorkshire Moors and both are often poor in quality and presentation.
I recently had one of the worst meals ever in the White Lion and wrote to the management to explain exactly what was so dreadful about it. They didn't even bother to reply.
It looks very attractive from the outside, particularly on the way down from Place Fell, but it's best avoided if you fancy a decent pint or a reasonable meal.

Popper - 21 Oct 2004 20:01
Lovely traditional pub between Ullswater and Glenridding. Excellent beer and food; great atmosphere, friendly staff.
Syj - 13 Jul 2004 19:51

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