Crown Inn Pub with rooms in Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

Prices from:
£84 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Stylishly revamped by Thwaites
  • Stunning riverside terraces
  • Fab views of Ullswater and fells
  • Crowd-pleasing pub menu
  • Comfortable contemporary rooms
  • Attic room has lake and fell views
  • Dog-friendly bar and rooms

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsClose to Water15 Minutes from the Motorway

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Crown Inn Pooley Bridge, Cumbria , CA10 2NP

The personal touch

Pooley Bridge is one of the destination villages for those heading to the Lake District to explore Ullswater, which is often described as England’s most dramatic lake, with Helvellyn dominating the western skyline and it’s also the home to the famous Ullswater Steamers. Thwaites snapped up this traditional Cumbrian inn, recognising the superb location and the inn’s huge potential (now being maximised by manager, Paul Turner), have transformed the 18th-century building following a no expense spared refurbishment. The spruced up façade only discreetly hints at the totally redesigned interior. Tardis-like, the smartened up, more contemporary bar areas, replete with wood floors, upholstered bench seating, and stylish miss-matched tiling around the bar, and cosy corners with log fires or wood-burning stoves, give way to a stunning new light and airy dining room extension, a dramatic space with floor-to-ceilings glass walls and doors that lead to a fabulous sandstone terrace overlooking the River Eamont. For amazing lake and fell views climb the stairs to the upper terrace – the perfect place to relax with a pint and a ploughman’s platter. Upstairs 17 comfortable rooms ramble across two floors; all are stylishly designed with a contemporary feel and smart tiled bathrooms.

Muddy paws

Dogs are catered for in all public areas and some of the bedrooms are dog friendly (£15 per pet per stay)

Sticky fingers

Children can expect a big welcome; smaller kid’s have their own menu or smaller portions of the main menu are available. Cots and z-beds are available at no extra charge


The place to be on sunny days is on the magnificent two-tiered riverside terrace – bag a table on the upper level for spectacular views over the River Eamont and down Ullswater to the dramatic fells beyond.

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles/twin; 1 suite £84 to £144

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room and ground floor bedroom
  • Cycle storage facilities
  • Parking: two village pay-and-display car parks

Crown Inn Pooley Bridge, Cumbria , CA10 2NP

Do not disturb

With the exception of a ground floor disabled access room, all newly refurbished rooms ramble across the first and second floors of the original building and retain the quirkiness and character of an old inn, with narrow staircases, winding corridors and various different levels. Small, standard and character rooms have all had the same stylishly simple and design-led makeover; think striking wooden headboards for the big comfortable beds with crisp linen, bright cushions and tartan blanket throws, wooden floors, upholstered easy chairs, dramatic large images of the surrounding area on one statement wall, and smartly tiled bathrooms with shower over baths. Fresh milk is provided in all rooms. Book the spacious attic rooms for fantastic views from a corner picture window over Ullswater to the high fells.


Freeview TV; free wi-fi


Sister hotel The North Lakes Hotel and Spa at Penrith offers superb health and fitness facilities along with an excellent swimming pool. Staff at the Crown will help make arrangements for you.

What’s for Breakfast?

A generous table laden with fruit, yogurt and cereals greets guests in the dining area looking out over the terrace. Cooked options include creamy porridge; eggs Benedict; oak smoked salmon and scrambled egg; the full Cumbrian grill, with hash browns and black pudding, if you wish.

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles/twin; 1 suite £84 to £144

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room and ground floor bedroom
  • Cycle storage facilities
  • Parking: two village pay-and-display car parks
Eat & Drink

Crown Inn Pooley Bridge, Cumbria , CA10 2NP

Mastering the menu

Pooley Bridge and The Crown draw the crowds on sunny days, at weekends and during busy holiday periods, so the demand for tables in the airy dining room and vast terraces can be crazy at times. Naturally, rather than offer fancy menus, the Crown delivers a good crowd-pleasing menu of simple, freshly cooked pub classics, alongside decent steaks and seasonal specials. Dishes are well presented and prepared using local ingredients where possible. Decent sandwiches come with coleslaw and the option of chips or a bowl of soup, for a hearty walker’s lunch, while the main menu lists sharing plates (rosemary baked camembert with pickles and crusty bread), salads, burgers, Crown Classics (Cumberland sausage, red onion marmalade, colcannon mash, red wine jus), and steaks from the grill.

On the menu

(Starters: £5-£7; Main Courses: £10.50-£22; Desserts £5.50-£7)

Ham hock & pea terrine, piccalilli, sourdough toast

Steak & Thwaites ale pot pie; fish burger and tartare sauce; rib-eye steak, peppercorn sauce

Warm chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream & peanut brittle; summer berry pavlova

Sandwiches (12 noon – 5pm)


Fish butty; smoked salmon & cracked pepper, rocket, lemon mayonnaise; honey-glazed ham & piccalilli

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10am

Food all-day: 12 noon – 9.30pm (10pm Friday& Saturday)

Behind the bar

The Crown is owned by Thwaites, so most of the beers are their own – such as Crown Inn Glory, with the occasional guest beer from a local micro-brewery, perhaps Tirril’s Ullswater Gold. There are also several continental and classic lager brands and Aspall’s cider. Soft drinks are from Frobisher’s and Fentimans, and the back bar groans with spirit bottles, in particular whiskies and boutique gins, and the global wine lists offers 15 by the glass.

Bar snacks


Houmous, tortilla chips, basil pesto; Cumberland chipolatas, honey & grain mustard; marinated Provencal olives

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles/twin; 1 suite £84 to £144

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining room and ground floor bedroom
  • Cycle storage facilities
  • Parking: two village pay-and-display car parks
Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Out & About

1 Inn Location - Crown Inn



Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding Pier House CA11 0US

The Ullswater Steamers have been sailing on ‘England’s most beautiful lake’ since 1859 – take a one or two hour cruise along the lakeside, with the dramatic backdrop of Helvellyn and the stunning fells.


Horse Riding Parkfoot Pony Trekking, Howtown CA10 2NA

Trek on horseback for an hour or a day along pretty country lanes, and by the lakeside - the views over Ullswater are breathtaking – all the routes are off-road, and the Highland ponies are sure-footed and well mannered.


Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RD

The only wildlife park in this part of Cumbria, the emphasis here is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors. Take a stroll and see more than 1,000 species – from anaconda to zebra.


Keswick Climbing Wall, Goosewell Farm, Keswick CA12 4RN

There’s something here for all ages – including indoor climbing, bouldering and archery throughout the year. Climbing lessons are available and experienced climbers have an excellent range of challenges to confront them. One bonus is that the climbing wall represents a perfect alternative if wet outside.



Bookends, 66 Main St, Keswick CA12 5DX

Independent bookshop with the emphasis on books and maps of the Lake District within a great range of general interest titles, many at reduced prices.


Special Expressions, 34 Main St, Keswick CA12 5JD

Established in 2001, Special Expressions retails Harry Mason designer jewellery at various shows, fairs and events around the UK. Special Expressions specialises in distinctive and desirable designs.


Twentyone8, 18 Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PG

Opened as a boutique in 2007, with an earth collection franchise, Twentyone8 offers a range of distinctive styles for a smart, relaxed look. Accessories include jewellery, scarves and footwear.



Predictably, the streets of this delightful little Lakeland town are busy for much of the year, but what is surprising is the great choice of craft, gift and gallery shops to be found here. Expect, too, plenty of coffee shops and bistro-style restaurants.


Rheged Centre, Redhills CA11 0DQ

This is Europe’s largest grass covered building – it’s a dramatic, contemporary setting for exhibitions, talks and workshops and an Imax screen showing films. A Foodhall, café and great shops here too, selling hand made chocolates, arts & crafts, books, and outdoor clothing.

Places to visit


Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF

The National Trust describes Hill Top, on the banks of Lake Windermere, as a Beatrix Potter time capsule. It's a wonderful experience as you step back in time to 1914. The garden is also a great attraction, with its flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables.


Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB

Historic country house and gardens near Ullswater. Described as one of the most beautiful stately homes in the north west, the pink stone of its Georgian façade glows wonderfully in the Lakeland sunshine. Dalemain includes an extensive award-winning garden with plants including a Greek fir.


Rydal Mount, Ambleside LA22 9LU

Rydal Mount can be reached on foot from nearby Ambleside, making it the focal point of a manageable and very attractive Lakeland walk. William Wordsworth and his family moved to Rydal Mount in 1813. With its 4-acre garden and charming setting on the banks of Rydal Water, the house suited Wordsworth perfectly.


Stagshaw Garden, Ambleside Road, Ambleside LA22 0HE

Covering about 8 acres, this woodland garden, near Ambleside, is owned by the National Trust. There are winding paths and a wide variety of shrubs, trees and plants, including rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.


The Lake District has many spectacular walks to try, you’d never complete them all. There are countless circular rambles and signposted trails but for something truly breathtaking, climb to the summit of Scafell Pike in the west of Cumbria. This much-loved Lakeland landmark rises to 3,209ft and from the flat, rocky summit you can look over a vast panorama of peaks and valleys.


Not surprisingly, the Lake District has an assortment of challenging mountain trails, gentle country lanes and classic cross-country routes from which to choose. Bike hire is readily available.


The Lake District plays host to numerous cultural events and colourful festivals. There’s everything from the Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show and the famous Appleby Horse Fair to the Windermere Air Show and Ambleside Christmas Lights Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Pooley Bridge is easy to reach from the east at Penrith (6 miles) – leave M6 (J40) where the A66 intersects and follow A592 east for 15 minutes to Pooley Bridge, then turn left at T-junction and cross the bridge to reach The Crown

By Train: Penrith Station is on the West Coast Mainline and just a short taxi ride from Pooley Bridge


, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria , CA10 2NP

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