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The Kirkstone Pass Inn, Kirkstone Pass - pub details

Address: Kirkstone Pass, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24833) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 8.0/10 (rated by 21 users)
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We called in here at lunchtime last Wednesday. Whilst the rest of the UK was enjoying warm summer sunshine, the Lake District was being lashed by heavy rain and the visibility at the summit of the Kirkstone Pass was down to about 15 yards. In view of the appalling weather … (we got drenched just running from the car park into the pub) I was surprised to find it was already comfortably busy. There were two real ales on handpull – Kirkstone Black, (which it seems is the landlord's favourite) and Old Faithful from the local Tirril Brewery. I had a couple of pints of the latter which were tip-top.

Foodwise, the Kirkstone has an excellent selection of reasonably priced hot and cold bar snacks. By the time we left the pub had got even busier, in spite of there being no improvement in the weather outside. But it is easy to see why it is so popular. Good beer, good food, real fires, and a very friendly welcoming Cockney landlord. 10/10

steve2905 - 23 Jul 2014 06:44
A decent traditional inn with a cask ale available.
alexw - 21 Jan 2014 07:45
I'm not keen to rate a pub after only 5 minutes but when my wife and I walked in at lunchtime on a Saturday in July we were totally ignored. By three bar staff / managers. Who were, erm, about 3 feet away. No hello. No 'with you in a minute'. Just totally ignored while we stood cheerfully chatting at the bar and they worked out the weekend's staff rota. Quick about turn and no beer for me in that pub. Shame as it looks amazing. Sorry to leave a negative review as normally I'd just not bother but it really was rude.
TrickyWoo56 - 16 Jul 2011 12:42
Have to agree with the previous comments - a truly fantastic setting and a damned good pub. Good selection of ales and food was freshly made and tasty. Worth the ascent to get there.
copnorsteve - 11 Sep 2010 12:16
Even amongst Lake District pubs this one is unique, its setting is second to none - the nearest building to it must be at least two miles away. Situated on the Windermere-Glenridding road at almost the highest point, its a place that should be on everybodys must visit list, but be warned, you need to be reasonably fit to walk here from the surrounding area (and to get back).

Its serves food and bar snacks, possibly not the huge range that you can find in the town centres but there is no lack of quality. Beer was fine - must be the altitude. Interior is cosy and charmful.

A very unique and unforgettable pub.
Narrowboater - 4 Sep 2010 19:11

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