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Langdale Ambleside, Little Langdale LA22 9NZ England
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Our Lake District hotel has ten individually furnished bedrooms including our three luxury suites. The prettily decorated bedrooms have stunning views of Wetherlam and the Tilberthwaite Fells. All our rooms offer en-suite accommodation with digital television, tea making facilities, free Wifi and radio alarm clocks. Guests can also relax with the roaring fire in our comfortable residents lounge. We have a cosy walkers bar with a wood burning stove serving five local real ales, soft drinks, wines and hot beverages. We serve lunch (12:00 until 14:30) and dinner (18:00 until 21:00) in both the bar and our restaurant. All of our food is freshly prepared on site and made from local, fresh ingredients.
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Free breakfast
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Mountain view
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SADDWD wrote a review 8 Jun
Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom1 contribution
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We stayed for 3 nights in ‘Little Fell’ double room. The room was beautifully furnished and well equipped. All fixtures and fittings were top notch. The double bed was very comfortable, as was the room temperature. The view of the fells from the room was very fitting and put us in the mood for a Lake District walking holiday. Breakfasts were fulsome and delicious and set us up for the day. Staff were friendly, efficient and helpful. We walked from the inn each morning, the Cathedral Cave and quarries are awesome. We thoroughly enjoyed a delicious 3 course evening meal on our first day, with quality cutlery and crockery, not to mention linen napkins. We love this attention to detail and appreciate the effort made to make our stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Many thanks to the team and we will be back, I have no doubt.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Jennie G wrote a review Sept 2020
Macclesfield, United Kingdom21 contributions13 helpful votes
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This is a lovely friendly ,well run inn. It has been tastefully refurnished by the new (2 years) owners who have put their stamp on the place with flair and attention to detail. All the staff work extremely hard to comply with Covid regulations which do not interfere with the customers enjoyment. The rooms are comfortable and spotlessly clean. There are a number of well kept ales and the wine list is affordable and thoughtfully selected. Both owners, Tony and James have tasted them themselves! Together with The food Which is excellent with good quality locally sourced ingredients. We worked our way through the menu and enjoyed every course! We certainly hope to return on a regular basis.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Responded 8 Oct 2020
Hi Jennie Thank you so much for this review. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards James.
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Terry B wrote a review May 2022
Liverpool, United Kingdom9 contributions7 helpful votes
Had a wonderful two night weekend break (2 couples). The inn is situated in the fantastic Little Langdale valley in the heart of the Lakes and is prime location for walkers wanting to be situated near the Fells. You can do several walks straight from the Inn itself so no need to worry about driving and parking. Our room was clean, comfortable and spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom was modern and looked as though it had been recently refurbished. The rooms were modern yet retained the character of the country inn. We only booked dinner for one night in the restaurant - we had a late lunch the first day so didn't bother with dinner. The food, both at dinner and at the breakfasts, was excellent and the staff were super friendly and efficient. The only slight disappointment, and it certainly didn't affect our enjoyment, was the bar can close a bit early (eg 10pm) if there are no customers in but we ordered drinks before it closed and enjoyed them relaxing in the comfortable residents lounge. Definitely be back.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from James Wilkinson, Owner at Three Shires Inn
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hello Terry Many thanks for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your room, found the food to be excellent and the service to be up to the standard that you expect. Along with much of the industry, of late, we have been short staffed. We are open seven days a week from early morning until we close the bar at night. We do manage to offer the high level of service that our customers rightly expect, however, we do sometimes close the bar when there are no longer any customers requiring service. This means the team can get their much needed rest.
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Kippur wrote a review May 2022
Stratford upon Avon, England219 contributions161 helpful votes
Nestled in the depths of glorious undulating Cumbrian countryside is this wonderful inn with rooms. We have our friends to thank for this recommendation and it surpassed our expectations. Our room was a mini suite. It looked like the rooms had been recently refurbished with lovely modern bathroom with bath and shower, very comfortable bed and pillows and quality furniture and fabrics. Some of the plugs had very useful additional charging points. Tea and coffee provided and you can ask for a flask of fresh milk. Residents have access to a comfortable lounge where we spent many an hour chilling out before and after dinner. Breakfasts were tasty with a good choice of full breakfast, kippers and eggs royale. We had dinner here on each of our night’s stay and really enjoyed the venison, lamb and sea bass. The team are very welcoming and made us feel at home. Only observation is that there are no hooks on the bedroom or bathroom doors to hang up the towelling robes provided and your coats.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from James Wilkinson, Owner at Three Shires Inn
Responded 5 weeks ago
Many thanks for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your room the lounge and your food. We will take a look at the addition of hooks to the doors. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Jill I wrote a review May 2022
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Have just had our third stay at the Three Shires Inn and cannot fault the hotel in any way. The staff are always very welcoming and the food is amazing. I am really surprised to read a couple of recent negative comments as my experience has been totally the opposite. Will be going again without a doubt.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your third stay as much as the previous ones and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Richard wrote a review May 2022
New York13 contributions14 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our one night stay here on our way to Scotland, the location is amazing and the pub provides a place for local walks (pub has a map). We loved both meals - dinner and breakfast. Room was super comfy and quiet, and refurbished bathroom was clean and practical. Excellent value for money. If you can only spend one night in the Lake District, a stay here will give you the best of it. Would come back anytime.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from James Wilkinson, Owner at Three Shires Inn
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed meals and the room and that you found the experience to be great value for money. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Thestratz wrote a review Apr 2022
Reading, United Kingdom15 contributions15 helpful votes
We stayed over Easter weekend. The room was immaculately presented, clean with a lovely little outdoor area next to the brook. Really lovely. The location is gorgeous. Super views, lots of walks on the doorstep and a lovely garden with the babbling brook. We found all the staff very friendly and helpful. It was clear that the whole team are working very hard, presumably due to the staff shortages in the hospitality sector. All I can say is well done. I can’t be easy and you are all doing a great job. I thought the food was very good. Good quality ingredients, skilfully and freshly prepared. Cheese soufflé was outstanding and the haunch of venison was the best I’ve ever had. Breakfast was good. Loved the poached eggs. Loved the fruit. Just a couple of very minor negatives, truffle flavour spoilt my wife’s mushroom on toast, she hates it! And I didn’t enjoy the porridge, I am not sure how it had been prepared, maybe some added cream. Others may love this, but perhaps mention it on the menu.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from James Wilkinson, Owner at Three Shires Inn
Responded 30 Apr 2022
Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, our location and our food. We are sorry that you didn’t enjoy the mushrooms or the porridge and agree wholeheartedly that the ingredients should be included on the menu so that you are able to choose to have them removed should you wish. We will make this change accordingly. We very much look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon. Kind regards James.
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s g wrote a review Apr 2022
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We popped in hoping for a late lunch before visiting the caves, which we'd found out about from the Three Shites Inn website, which highly recommend its pub as an ideal location for several walks from its location. When we arrived, I had a slight sense of foreboding due to the number of abruptly worded signs - residents only on the verandah, no parking unless you are staying in the hotel as a guest and NO HOT DRINKS. I therefore smiled widely and entered the building hesitantly and waited by the door while the receptionist ignored me. I then asked if I could ask a question to make it clear I was respecting him and he barked at me that he didn't want me on his carpet if I wasn't a resident and to come in the other entrance. I was a bit startled but did as he asked without a murmur. I then waited patiently by the bar for him to turn 180 degrees from the reception to the bar area and said I KNEW we couldn't park in the car park but wanted a bit to eat and then to go to the caves so could he recommend somewhere to park. He proceeded to say that we could not park in his car park (yes, I've just said that) and brushed me aside saying the caves were the absolute blight of the area and he had a business to run etc etc. I let him rant but then politely mentioned that the only reason I knew about them was from his website at which point he reluctantly paused from venting his spleen to give me a White Shires flyer with a map of the walks from his pub and a voucher for 1 pound off the food if you presented the map ( surely the caves are what has MADE his business?). Having been convinced that there was absolutely nowhere in the area to park and that the caves were the curse of the area I decided to leave clutching my map and didn't even bother to ask about lunch.........the man is a legend - honestly visit the pub just to meet him! I've just read the other reviews here after my experience and we've had 10 minutes of howling with laughter! Of course, we visited the caves which are excellent!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from James Wilkinson, Owner at Three Shires Inn
Responded 13 Apr 2022
Hi Thank you for your somewhat offensive review. I would like to pick up on a few points. - Room rating. You have rated our rooms without actually even seeing them. You just came in to ask for directions. This is a little strange. - At no time did I ignore you, nor brush you aside. - Parking. We have nicely presented slate signs advising customers about parking (i,e, parking is only allowed whilst on the premises). This is due to us having a small car park which needs to accomodate guests staying with us as well as those in cars visiting us. We get over 20 people asking us each day if they can park and walk. A number of people also choose to park and walk despite the signs. Should we allow parking of this type the car park would always be full but there would be nobody partaking of the services we provide. This would not be a successful business model. - Directions to the caves. We also have countless people asking for directions to the caves. We are always glad to provide these directions. However, when we are busy providing directions detracts us from providing service to our paying guests. Our primary role is to run a business and serve our customers. I am sure that you are aware that there is a profound shortage of staff accross the hospitality sector. We, like almost every other business, are currently short staffed and do have to prioritise where we should focus our attention. For this reason, we produced a helpful guide with directions to local attractions which includes the cave. I'm sorry that you consider it to be inadequate. - Local History. You may be interested to learn that the caves most definitely did not make our business. There has been an inn at the site of the Three Shires for well over a century and possibly much longer. The caves are in fact a relic of mining and it is likely although unproven that an inn was here prior to the existance of the caves. - Hot Drinks. As stated we are currently suffering from a profoud shortage of skilled staff. Due to the supreme efforts of the team that we do we manage to provide nearly 100% of the service that our customers expect and deserve. Unfortunately some things do have to give. We therefore elect not to serve hot beverages during the busy lunch period. - Hotel Signage. There is a clear, again understated, sign (nicely presented in slate), that advises that the front entrance is for hotel guests only. It is not used as an entrance to the bar as the lounge is carpeted and muddy boots cause significant damage. The bar entrance is clearly signed off of the car park. I am disapointed with your review, however, I do find its sarcastic and rude nature somewhat offensive. "The Infamous grumpy landlord" and "we've had 10 minutes howling with laughter" comments are neither helful nor warranted. I would ask that you avoid the Three Shires Inn in future. Regards Tony
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Karen O wrote a review Apr 2022
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We visited this pub as it was highly recommended to us. The place is in a lovely location, the seating area outside is pretty and the overall impression from the outside is amazing. We smiled with excitement. We are a happy and friendly group of friends and we always strike up conversations with staff and other customers wherever we go, making people smile and laugh. Sadly on arrival we did not receive a hello or even a smile. We felt the staff member behind the bar was unfriendly, unwelcoming and that he was merely doing a job. On top of this, the food was over priced, the atmosphere was flat and we didn’t feel welcome at all. In fact we felt we were an inconvenience. We apologise for cancelling our booking and leaving but we did not feel comfortable. We prefer places where staff make people feel valued, have banter and show interest in their customers.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Responded 13 Apr 2022
Many thanks for your review. A review such as this is always disappointing. I was on duty at the time and I must confess have a significantly different recollection of events than you do. I did welcome you on arrive when you asked if we were serving food. I informed you politely that we start serving dinner at six (you arrived sometime after five) but that we were unfortunately fully booked that evening. I then went out of my way to ask the chef if we could fit you in and he agreed. This I informed you both helfully and politely. You then took the menu and spent some time perusing it before informing me that you no longer required the table. You comment on our food pricing. All of our pricing is benchmarked continually against a selection of similar local establishments. Our prices are competitive with all comparable busineses. I am bemused at your comments relating to lack of atmosphere. The period in the late afternoon is always fairly quiet but there were three parties in the bar at the time including yourselves. The other two parties were having a lively and amusing debate about the local areas (to which I was contributing). The atmosphere on their tables were joyous. Only your table seemed to lack atmosphere. I'm afraid that this cannot be attributed to the business nor to my service. The final point of your visit which you have failed to mention was that as you left you questioned the outstanding bill for your drinks. You asked for a copy of the receipt which I furnished you with and you then queried how four drinks, each costing between four pounds and five pounds could come to a total just over seventeen pounds. I cannot help but feel that the entirity of your review relates to your own inability to do arithmatic.
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Adam T wrote a review Mar 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom67 contributions38 helpful votes
We stumbled upon this place after a long walk, and what a great find. Stunning location and an outdoor seating area which was exactly what we needed on a nice sunny day. We both really enjoyed our meals. I had the burger which was gorgeous and really well priced. We would definitely return when in the area again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from James Wilkinson, Owner at Three Shires Inn
Responded 13 Apr 2022
Hi Thank you for your review. It is lovely to see all our hard work in sourcing quality products is being appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back when next in the area. Kind regards Tony
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US$166 - US$186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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the three shires hotel little langdale, the 3 shires inn
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictLittle Langdale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Three Shires Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Three Shires Inn?
Nearby attractions include Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins (3.7 miles), Easedale Tarn (3.1 miles), and Old Man of Coniston (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Three Shires Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Three Shires Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Three Shires Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Three Shires Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Three Shires Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Fresher's Cafe, and Kysty Ambleside.
Is Three Shires Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Little Langdale.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Three Shires Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Three Shires Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rydal Mount & Gardens (3.1 miles), Brantwood (4.7 miles), and Bridge House (3.8 miles).
Does Three Shires Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Three Shires Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.