Hare & Hounds – Levens, Cumbria
Not only is the modest but charming Hare & Hounds that rare find – a thriving watering hole – it also serves food all day at weekends (lunch and dinner is available during the week too). Former managers of London branches of All Bar One, owners Ash and Becky Dewar have an easygoing, friendly approach that has once again made the centuries-old inn a popular local hub. The website sums it up: ‘We are friendly and welcoming to all: families, tourists, walkers, cyclists, children, muddy boots, dogs.’ The menu of homemade pizzas, burgers and pub classics, plus drinks – including cocktails – can be enjoyed by the fire in the bar or, on sunny days, in the spacious terraced beer garden. For overnight visitors there are four bedrooms, smartly decorated and luxuriously equipped above the pub, while for less transient guests there’s a spacious barn annexe with all the facilities for self-catering, plus handy access to the pub for meals. For a cosy night in, staff can even deliver pub food straight to your door.
Doubles from £100
+44 (0)1539 560004; hareandhoundslevens.co.uk