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“Fine ales and fine food”
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Wasdale Head Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Wasdale Head B&B and Inns
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Durham
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“Fine ales and fine food”
Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

Having read some reviews I was wary of staying here, poor food slow service etc were mentioned we experienced none of that. We were given a warm welcome, excellent service and great food. The breakfast room was lovely as was the breakfast. I'd definitely stay again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

It's the end of the road and you have no other alternative but the Wasdale Head Inn - and you won't be disappointed. It offers a warm, traditional welcome, so much so you will wish you were an American landing in Cumbria for the first time. It's steeped in walking history and is the home of.....(you've heard it before).....British climbing. In fact, some of the old folk who adorn the walls can still be seen leggin it around the hills daily.

Get yourself over there you big galaaaar.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We drove out to the Wasdale Head Inn from our nearby cottage to have dinner on a rainy Sunday night. We ate in Ritson's Bar, which is a large bar area with lots of seating, so we easily found a table. There seemed to be a good selection of vegetarian food, which is what brought us as I am a vegetarian (my partner is not), but the prices were quite high for pub fair. For example, most of the vegetarian mains were over £10. I ordered the butternut squash, ricotta, and spinach lasagne and my partner had the steak and ale pie. The food came quite quickly.

The lasagne portion was quite small for £10.50, although there were lots of chips (which were delicious) and some salad. The lasagne was very average, really leaving me not excited to eat it but equally it was edible. My partner's steak and ale pie was "packed with steak" but again, quite a small portion for the price, and he found the mashed potatoes gluey and starchy.

The beer selection wasn't brilliant when we were there and the prices were close to London prices, compared to another pub in a nearby village where you could still get pints for £2.80.

I imagine that if you arrived here off Scafell Pike, famished, it would seem a shining beacon and the prices worth it, but as well-rested patrons looking for a nice meal, we were a bit disappointed. I don't think I'd make the effort to go again - it's location is pretty much the best thing the Wasdale Head Inn has going for it, from what we saw.

Also, this is the only pub I've ever been to where they say you cannot order a side unless you order a main meal. That means if you just want a plate of chips with your pint, you're out of luck. Seems a bit draconian!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Haslemere
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Walking down from the mountains a glimmer of light could be seen from the window of the Wasdale Head Inn. Couldn't resist a pint of ale to finish the day off. Fantastic place, great atmosphere,excellent beer and to round it off, very friendly staff who made us very welcome. A must after a days walk or if you are just passing. Thank You.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 1 night on 31/10/13. After a tortuous journey acress Wrynose and Hard Knot passes (which my friend executed with the minimum of fuss, although I did notice beads of sweat upon her brow!) we arrived at the Inn. What a great place this is; the food is plentiful and scrummy, the beds (with their huge fluffy pillows and duvets) very comfortable and the public areas, with their wood panelling and log fires very, very atmospheric. One can only imagine the stories these rooms have heard over the years. One of the things we liked best was being able to look through the visitors books which go back to the 1800s; the clothes climbers wore in those days looked SO uncomfortable and cumbersome!
I would definitely recommend this place....just try to avoid getting there via the passes unless you have nerves of steel!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Helston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Self catering at the Wasdale Head Inn comes complete with your own neighbourhood ram (named by us as Barry (aka Barry White)) who gazed at us through our lounge window when we were in situ. Good accommodation, clean and warm and kitchen well supplied with utensils and necessities. We ate our evening meal at the Inn and found the menu to be varied enough to satisfy all likes. Plenty of food (rather too much sometimes) and good service. Ideal for walking and a bath available to soak in afterwards.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Stayed here for two nights in August 2013, when mounting our first ever assault on Scafell Pike. We were in one of the newly decorated superior rooms on the ground floor. The room was fantastic, beautifully decorated, and had a door out onto a private garden area. The bathroom was superb and the complimentary toiletries were lovely.

We were welcomed warmly on arrival by Sue who was really friendly, and proved to be indispensable throughout our entire stay - she is extremely helpful, knowledgable, and a credit to the hotel.

The breakfasts were fantastic during our stay, setting us up well for the long and arduous walks we had planned. We also ordered packed lunches which were great, containing a huge sandwich, packet of Monster Munch (other brands of crisps are available! :)), piece of fruit, a Mars or Snickers, and a drink.

We ate in Ritson's Bar both evenings and found the food delicious. We would recommend the various special sausages, steak and ale pie, or the daube of beef - all of which were very welcome, hearty, tasty meals after a day on the fells. The selection of local ales was also very good.

We also visited the Barn Door Shop and purchased one of the cute Miss Ewe Sheep (Hand-made by the lady in the shop from local Herdwick Sheep wool, and all individually named). Percival (A Mr Tup) has taken up residence in our conservatory!

Given that Wasdale Head is (literally) the only place to stay and eat in the immediate Wastwater area (there is only one road in and out), it would be fairly easy to allow standards to slip due to the captive audience, however this is most definitely not the case. The accommodation, staff, food (and beer!) are all of a high standard. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Wasdale Head Inn
Address: Wasdale Head | Near Gosforth, Wasdale Head CA20 1EX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Wasdale Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Wasdale Head
Hotel Class:4 star — Wasdale Head Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The world-famous Wasdale Head Inn, known as the birthplace of climbing, is dramatically surrounded by England's tallest mountains, making it the finest base for walking and climbing. The Inn is situated at the head of remote and unspoiled Wasdale, and if you are seeking the superlative this is where you will find it. England's highest mountain, the deepest lake, the smallest Church, and the original world's biggest liar can all be found in this tranquil corner of the Lake District. The Inn is managed by Georgina Wrathall on behalf of the owners, Nigel and Lesley Burton. ... more   less 
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Wasdale Head Inn Cumbria

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