The Queen's Head, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria
Part of the Lowther estate, the pub has six, large, individually designed bedrooms. Ours, located on the ground floor, was beautifully furnished, including a large bathroom with amazing floor tiles. It also included an additional room, with 2 beds, so great for families.
We arrived in time for lunch, which was delicious. We couldn’t decide what to have, so decided to share the black bean, coriander and cumin burger, and the butternut squash, broccoli, spinach, mixed bean and coconut curry, great choices and good to see a range of vegetarian and vegan options.
After a hearty lunch we decided to take a walk around the local area, taking in the beautiful countryside, rivers, and the impressive Lowther Castle, the original home of the Lowther family. We returned refreshed, and enjoyed a vegetarian platter, and charcuterie platter during the evening. With a good choice of wines to accompany our food, we were very happy. The bar area is comfortable, with lots of space around the tables, and big, comfy cushions to help relaxation. The extremely comfortable bed afforded us an excellent, peaceful, nights sleep.
The Queen's head, in addition to its regular menus, is now operating a ‘pop up restaurant’ every other Friday evening, and every Friday from September. This is a collaboration between Richard Swale, Head Chef at Askham Hall and Gareth Webster, Head Chef at the George and Dragon and will offer a different special set themed menu each month. We were disappointed not to stay on a Friday night, as the menus looked delicious!
A stay at the Queen's Head is definitely recommended, we enjoyed good food, a good nights sleep, and some walking around this wonderful part of the north-eastern edge of the Lake District.
Address: Askham, Penrith CA10 2PF
Phone: 01931 712350