Queen's Head exterior

The Queen’s Head – Cumbria

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Part of the Askham collection since 2019, this 17th-century village pub has been lovingly renovated by the Lowther family. There are just six rooms dotted about the premises; some come with classic wooden furniture and floral wallpaper; others feel more modern with mint green walls and pretty bedside lamps. The restaurant – which has just achieved its first AA Rosette – is equally intimate, with nine tables for diners to tuck into the ‘posh pub grubbers’ menu or Sunday lunch (note: it’s closed on Monday and Tuesday, except for breakfast for residents). Produce is reared, foraged and grown on the farm, local hedgerows and kitchen gardens and whipped up into refined dishes such as earthy truffle with creamy artichoke by head chef Gareth Webster – a real talent who leads the team at the George and Dragon, Clifton as well (also owned by the Lowther family) and prior to that worked with Simon Rogan. There are fantastic walks right from the front door, including on the fells and along the river Lowther. Afterwards, head back to the pub for a pint of ale by the copper bar.

Doubles from £130

+44 (0)1931 712350; queensheadaskham.co.uk

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