The High Cross Inn
Broughton in Furness
Open all day
The High Cross Inn
The High Cross Inn has an impressive position on the brow of the hill overlooking Broughton in Furness. The Cross has been selling ale and food since the 16th Century.
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the present Landlord is Chris Burgess. The pub impresses from the outside as it is quite long and finishes at the edge of the hill where the road dips violently away.
You enter via the beer garden out front - a concrete patio affair with picnic tables. There is a small garden gate to go through or simply climb over the wall. Upon entering, the bar is to the right at the back of the room. It is a dark wood affair with an overhang for glass mugs and tall stools around it. The floor is wood block, some of which move underfoot, but this adds to its rustic feel. The ceiling has original beams and is low for those tall people out there. Seating is at a variety of areas. There are a couple of large U shaped benches at the front of the pub in which a couple of tables are placed with extra chairs. To the left is a fireplace, lit in winter for warmth. On the walls are Lakeland pictures enhanced by the subdued lighting. The toilets (basic) are also to the left through a door as is a separate restaurant eating area which in daylight has wonderful views of the estuary.
The pub serves local and independently brewed ales, with up to 5 hand pumps in use at any one time. There is also a large supply of Scottish Malt Whiskies, and unusually, a number of Polish Vodkas.
Food (served 12-2.30, 6-9) is home cooked and wholesome, portions were plenty and included trout and vegetarian choices. Prices were reasonable at around £9pp.
You can hire out the Cross for weddings (you can now get married here too) and buffets. The landscaped beer garden and patio area is ideal for families, with umbrellas, shrubs and hanging baskets.
There is accommodation here doubles (around £70), twins and single (around £45) en-suite rooms for up to 14 people. Most have superb outlooks over the Duddon fells. For the more adventurous there is a self-catering flat above the Inn, which sleeps 6-8.
The Cross has live music 'a cauldron of blues and roots' on a regular basis.
Access for the disabled is possible - only one smallish step up into the pub, though no disabled toilet.
Check out: www.broughton-in-furness.co.uk
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