We stayed at this lovely Inn for a 2 day trip to celebrate my birthday 12th January. Very warm welcome, refurbished room beautiful, staff friendly and very hardworking. Lovely food on both nights and my husband appreciated the real ale choices. We had to cut our 3 day visit one day short due to severe weather warning but would certainly book again. Log fire and papers great treat.. Well done all of you..
The Wilsons now have their very own flock of Herdwick lamb. 99% of all Herdwick sheep are commercially farmed in the central and western Lake District
Herdwick meat is renowned for its distinctive taste and eating quality – this is a natural result of the lambs maturing slowly on the heather and grasses of the Lake District fells.
The meat is succulent, tender and exceptionally tasty with a more gamey flavour than conventional lamb. A scientific study by Bristol University found that the taste and texture of Herdwick lamb was superior to lamb from lowland breeds and that the meat contained beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids. Source
The name “Herdwick” is derived from the Old Norseherdvyck, meaning sheep pasture, a particularly hardy breed they have been known to survive under a blanket of snow for three days while eating their own wool.
In the latter half of her life, the children’s author Beatrix Potter bred Herdwicks and acted as president of the breed association for a time.
Our Herdwick Lambs; seen here in front of the Old Man of Coniston.
Matthew feeding up our flock while the snow lies on the fells.
Our party stayed in little arrow for a new year break just down the road.Nice 15 min walk to this pub and we were not disappointed Food was excellent and could not fault it. We had a lunch time meal and a Sunday dinner and both meals were superb, Kathy and the staff could not of been more helpful We hope to return one day and maybe stay in the cottage. Will be spreading the word about this lovely pub.
Lovely warm, friendly, traditional pub. Food is interesting, plentiful and cooked to a very high standard. Don’t miss trying the rack of ribs! The staff are friendly and very attentive. Once we discovered The Wilsons we ate there every night for the remainder of our holiday in Torver, and are now planning a weekend with friends to stay in this delightful pub. Would highly recommend a visit.
A super experience which added value to our lil holiday in Grasmere. Only a short journey to this friendly and uniquely decorated pub down the road. We would highly recommend visiting this area of coniston to experience the selection of beverages and fine dining on offer. The fillet steak was perfectly cooked and chef’s choice of meat pie just beautiful and very filling. Service second to none. They cater for large parties also. Get yourselves there!!
After a soggy wet day on the fells we came here for an evening bar meal. Immediately we were impressed with the welcoming & cozy ambiance & settled down near the blazing log fire. We had been a bit apprehensive about bringing the dog out in the evening, but she was made as welcome as any other 2 footed customer. We enjoyed some great local beers & a lovely meal made from local produce. We all chose the burgers which were absolutely amazing-excellent quality, well presented & colossal in size. Seeing other food coming out of the kitchen, on another of our visits to the lakes we will come back here again & try some of the other lovely looking food.
Superb food, beers and wine. Hardworking staff on the ball. A real cosy pub atmosphere in a great location for any outdoor pursuits . Has charm and character that larger places lack. Nice to see the wine list sensibly priced unlike most establishments. We will return!
On a wet and miserable night 6th December whilst staying nearby we visited the Wilson Arms for a meal ., we were greeted by a friendly and helpful member of staff and I enjoyed a pint of locally brewed beer whilst deciding what to eat.
The menu was extensive with some excellent options to meet all tastes. I opted for the home made pie which really was homemade and very scrummy, served with fresh veg. My partner chose the steak and veg which was enormous and a fine cut of beef.
The real fire and comfy relaxed seating added to the ambiance.
Overall a fabulous meal and much much better than standard pub grub.