The Strickland Arms
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By the gates of the medieval castle of Sizergh, a few minutes drive from the A590 as you head north through the Lake District bound for Windermere, you can warm yourself by the open fires at the Strickland Arms.

Locked, barred and bolted for eight years, this long-neglected National Trust property has been sympathetically renovated and was reopened last year.

Don't be put off by the stark, grey exterior, inside it's all comfort - earthy Farrow & Ball paints, rugs strewn on slate and wood floors, heavy swagged curtains and a homely mix of old dining chairs and patrons conversing by candle light.

Order a pint of Coniston Bluebird or Hawkshead Gold, bag a seat by one of the two coal fires and peruse the papers, or gaze at the grand oil paintings and hunting prints that line the walls. Non-drivers can choose from the extensive wine list or pick a tipple from a shelf behind the bar, groaning under the weight of 30-odd malts. Monthly menus and daily specials champion local and organic ingredients, with plenty of produce sourced from Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop across the road.

Typically, tuck into potted shrimps on brown toast or cheese soufflé for starters, followed by steak, ale and Higginsons' (a renowned Cumbrian butcher) black pudding pie, chump of lamb with port and shallot sauce, or a smoked salmon baguette for a lighter bite.

Puddings are all of the comfort-food variety: apple oat crumble, bread and butter pudding, warm chocolate fudge cake - all perfect precursors to a long hike over windswept moors.



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