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“Nice surroundings”

The Boot Inn Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Boot
Certificate of Excellence
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Description: The Boot Inn nestles in the tiny hamlet of Boot, deep in the heart of the Eskdale Valley. Within easy walking distance of The English Lake Districts largest and most majestic fells, yet only 7 miles from the sea. We provide first class food, drink and accommodation with nine letting bedrooms, bar, conservatory and snug areas, we also have ample car parking and a large beer garden. The inn itself has been catering for the hungry and thirsty travellers since the 17th century, offering a selection of traditionally kept cask ales, fine wines, sprits, continental beers, soft drinks and excellent food. At the Boot Inn we endeavour to source as many of our ingredients and most of our produce locally including the almost legendary cumberland sausages. Everybody is welcome including our four legged friends. With real log fires for those chilly autumn, winter or even summer days, a warm welcome is always guaranteed. The valley provides a wealth of opportunity for outdoor activity with Scafell, Great Gable, Harter Fell, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and many others all within walking distance without having to cross a single road! Cyclists can pitt themselves against the Hardknott and Wrynose passes, the steepest section of road in England leading to the Duddon Valley and Langdale.Plus we are directly on the coast to coast mountain bike route and have secure bike storage available. For those of a more spiritual and historical interest there is to be found the remains of a Roman Fort in the upper reaches of the valley and the beautiful 14th century church of St Catherines only a short stroll away. Slightly further afield attractions such as Muncaster Castle and Eskdale Golf Course are close by.
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Lovely warm surroundings and beautiful conservatory to sit in. We didnt find the food inspiring, plain pub grub.

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Reviewed 1 June 2013 via mobile

Visited on a fairly busy Saturday night. One person serving at the bar, taking food orders and making coffee. Took 20 mins wait to even order our meals. Pub was our peas for the children's menu, surely a staple? Worse was to come, the main element of the meal 2 of us had ordered had run out. Instead of giving us the chance to reorder it was brought out with a ridiculous substitute, which was not even mentioned!! Vital elements of the meal were missed off, the members of our party with a sharing platter were left without plates for 20 minutes.
Overall food was lacklustre and on the expensive side. Getting any discount for our meal that had turned into such a shambles seemed beyond the powers of the staff. A real shame as the location calls for a lovely cosy pub.

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We came here for lunch after our walk from the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (La'al Ratty!) on a gorgeous May Bank Holiday Sunday.

As soon as I saw the first starter on the menu (Homemade Black Pudding Scotch Egg), I knew that we were on to a winner!

The garden was full of children paying in the small playground, walkers, locals and dogs. There was plenty of room to sit outside and a fair few tables in the pub too.

We liked the array of real ale on tap, I tried a half of Dizzy Blonde (very apt some would say). Food ordering is at the very busy bar and the food did take a while to arrive, but we didn't mind on such a lovely day on our weekend break! I ordered half a pint of prawns, which came with a chunk of olive bread and a nice rocket salad and my hubby to be had a cheese and chutney sandwich. Not cheap (£7 for the cheese sandwich), but the rest of the menu is usual pub prices (around £17 for steak).

I would like to come here again for an evening meal sometime.

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Thank Lisa O
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

The food at this inn has had its ups and downs in recent years. Now it has been refurbished, and the new menu is excellent. Not the cheapest in Eskdale, but well worth considering if you want something a bit more ambitious than the average. The service is friendly, and the staff try hard: we were served a dessert after normal hours, despite the chef having gone home. Recommended.

Thank Simon B
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Fantastic locally sourced food - a massive step up from pub food! The chump of lamb with olive mash and roast parsnip fingers and buttered veg was deliciously mouth watering!

Thank Jill F
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