10 things you didn’t know about The Pheasant Inn

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The Bar at The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite

As well as being a great place to stay and eat, our historic Lake District Inn is full of fascinating facts. Here are 10 things you may or may not know about us and one or two to look out for on your next visit with us.

  1. The Pheasant Inn has been entertaining guests for over 300 years, dating back to the 17th century, when it started life as a staging post and coaching inn.

  2. The Pheasant Inn was once the regular haunt of famous 19th century huntsman, John Peel.

  3. The historic bar stands in the centre of the building and amid the wood panelling hangs a painting by Julian Heaton-Cooper (son of William Heaton-Cooper) of the bar on a busy night.

  4. There are 15 individual guest rooms all named after nearby well-known parts of the Lake District, emphasising the hotel's beautiful setting.

  5. After the floods in 2009, a thirsty regular saw the water as no reason to miss out on a pint so paddled his canoe across the main A66 to get to The Pheasant.

  6. The Fell restaurant boasts an AA Rosette and signature dishes include Loin of Local Venison with pickled red cabbage and a mildly chocolate flavoured sauce.

  7. During the pheasant shooting season, the hotel's restaurant and bistro feature its namesake on its menu, with pheasant casserole a firm favourite with locals and visitors.

  8. The bar boasts over 70 different types of malt whisky, many aged over 25 years which range from £3.50 to £28 per measure.

  9. The Pheasant Inn has two roaring open fires, perfect to relax next to with a drink or afternoon tea.

  10. The immaculate gardens lead down to wild woodland where guests can spot red squirrels, roe deer and rabbits as well as a large variety of birds (72 by one of the latest ornithology counts).

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The Pheasant Inn
Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth
Cumbria
CA13 9YE

Tel: +44 (0) 17687 76234
Email: reception@the-pheasant.co.uk

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