You always know the food is going to be good when the website of your destination seems to advertise an old boozer rather than a gastronomic retreat. The Red Lion Freehouse & Troutbeck Guest House has a cunning plan of playing down their talents online whilst hiding a pedigree of Chez Bruce and San Sebastian’s three-star Martin Berasat. This is no bad thing meaning this gem lies still relatively undiscovered when battling for rooms for a weekend break. It also happens to be a gastronomic gem.
The food here is so good you’ll be content with the soup (no basil and tomato here instead delivering cep and potato soup with whipped goats cheese, croutons and cheese) holding down a mighty Michelin star at their humble abode and sourcing their food from fantastic, local suppliers. The eggs are from the organic Moonraker Farm, 100% natural honey omes from nearby Honey Doctor and happy pigs potter around behind the pub (we all know where they end up but they do have exceedingly happy lives).
Rest your weary gut in the dreamy bedrooms. You can blame the overindulgence on their Michelin star temptations. You can bring the dog when staying in the Manser room and a country kitchen breakfast is served up the following morning if you have any room left.