Queens Head

Cum­bria

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In the heart of the Lake District, the Queens Head at Hawk­shead is sur­rounded by su­perb walks. Most of these Lake­land ram­bles start at the Old Gram­mar School near the pub and they in­clude a five-mile walk through woods and fields to Tarn Hows (re­garded as one of the most breath­tak­ing of all Lake District beauty spots) and the equally im­pres­sive walk to Blel­ham Tarn via un­spoilt coun­try­side be­tween Hawk­shead and mock-gothic Wray Cas­tle close to the shores of Lake Win­der­mere. As be­fits a pub that has wel­comed tired fell walk­ers since the 17th cen­tury, the Queens Head serves a full menu at lunch and din­ner, as well as lunchtime sand­wiches. Lake­land lamb makes a star ap­pear­ance in dishes such as a tagine of shoul­der with apri­cots, al­monds, sul­tanas, to­ma­toes, co­rian­der and spices. Time a visit for a Sun­day and you can tuck into the ‘Royal Roast’, per­haps with a pint of Lake­land Gold brewed by Hawk­shead Brew­ery in the vil­lage. queen­shead­hawk­shead.co.uk

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