The Sally Pub with rooms in Irthington, Cumbria

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Local rescued & revamped in 2016
  • Traditional exterior; funky interior
  • Freshly cooked pub food
  • Smart, contemporary rooms
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Handy for Hadrian’s Wall walking

Good for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsVisit a Stately Pile15 Minutes from the Motorway

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The Sally Irthington, Cumbria, CA6 4NJ

The personal touch

We first met owners Shaun and Jimmy in 2015 when they visited the Inn Places stand at the Independent Hotel Show at Olympia. At the time they were running a pub in west Cumbria but it was good to hear their enthusiastic plans to buy their own pub and create a stylish inn. We kept in touch and in 2016 they bought the Salutation Inn, which was in a derelict state following two years of closure, and they spent the next year refurbishing the Victorian village pub, re-launching the new-look pub as The Sally in 2017. They added a clutch of five rooms in early 2018. Jimmy’s parents live nearby and he worked as a pot-washer at the pub at the age of 12, so when the pub came on the market, they jumped at the chance to take on refurbishment project, plus it’s close to the M6, Carlisle Airport, Hadrian’s Wall, and within easy reach of the Lake District. Traditional and unassuming from the outside, they have completely transformed the interior, creating a funky, contemporary feel to bar and dining areas, with bold colours and fabrics and nods to the rural heritage and history of the area. So, expect the unexpected, plank walls, bright orange fabric on wall benches and some of the tub chairs, quirky wooden lamps, modern wooden tables, and high metal stools at round tables and industrial-style lighting in the stone-flagged bar. Original fireplaces with blazing winter wood-burning stoves help retain the pubby ambience in both the bar and open-plans dining area. The back bar opens out onto a sheltered patio.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the bar and dining areas where youngsters have their own menu. Although not specifically geared to accommodate children, there’s room for extra z-beds and cots.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the stone-flagged bar but not in the dining area or overnight in the bedrooms.


There’s a small sheltered patio at the rear of the pub for summer drinking and dining.

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles/twin: £90-£130

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining by arrangement
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Drying room
  • Parking

The Sally Irthington, Cumbria, CA6 4NJ

Do not disturb

The five rooms at The Sally are the icing on the cake for Shaun and Jimmy, who have invested a good deal of time and money in designing and furnishing the upstairs rooms – all are named after their favourite places in the area. Keen to create a ‘home-from-home’ feel, they made sure the best soundproofing was in place and they worked with local partners to provide the additional detail touches that ensure an overnight stay is relaxing, comfortable and memorable. All have a contemporary look and feel and they share the same style and furnishings, although each room has its own colour theme; Eden and Irthing are the largest rooms. Expect soft grey natural Herdwick wool carpeting throughout, super-comfortable and locally made Sealy Windermere Posturepedic beds topped with crisp linen, thick down and woollen throws, and smart, fully-tiled bathrooms – two have showers over baths and three have walk-in showers. Cosseting extras include room service, Nespresso machines, Smart TVs, telephones, in-room safes and fridges (with fresh milk), cooling fans, access to the honesty bar, and locally made Bath House toiletries. Walkers tackling the Hadrian’s Wall long-distance path have use of a drying room, while guests flying from Carlisle Airport should take up the free transfers.


What’s the Damage?

5 doubles/twin: £90-£130

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining by arrangement
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Drying room
  • Parking
Eat & Drink

The Sally Irthington, Cumbria, CA6 4NJ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4.85-£6.50; Main Courses: £11.50-£20; Desserts £5.95)

Chef Jimmy has over 20 years experience cooking in the hospitality industry and heads up the kitchen team. His menus combine traditional pub classics with modern British and European dishes and the food is freshly prepared daily using local suppliers – Herdwick lamb and Dexter beef are sourced from local farms. You can order something to eat throughout the day, with lighter dishes like ploughman’s and salads and hot focaccia rolls (bacon, brie & cranberry) and decent sandwiches (beef & horseradish) available at lunchtime and throughout the afternoon. Otherwise, the pub menu offers simple starters like duck liver and orange pate with cherry compote or a sharing plate of whole baked Eden Valley Brie stuffed with chilli jam. Naturally, pub favourites include an individually baked steak and ale short-crust pastry pie, crispy roast duck with rich orange and port sauce, and freshly battered cod with chunky hand-cut chips and mushy peas. Otherwise, tuck into lamb hot pot and herb-crusted rump with red wine sauce, cod loin with tomato, potato and chorizo stew, or a Lakeland rib-eye steak with all the trimmings. Leave room for a hearty and homemade sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. From the bar, order a pint Thwaites Wainwright or the guest beer from a local Cumbrian micro-brewery, or if gin’s your tipple sip a cocktail made from locally distilled Bedrock or The Lakes Gin with Fever Tree tonic. Coffee comes from Bruce & Luke’s Coffee, situated near Carlisle Cathedral, who roast their own range of coffees.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10am (8am – 10.30 Saturday & Sunday)

Lunch: 12 noon – 4.45pm

Dinner: 5pm – 8.45pm (7.45pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles/twin: £90-£130

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining by arrangement
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Drying room
  • Parking
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 –

1 Inn Location - The Sally


Askham Hall Gardens & Café, Penrith CA10 2HH

Historic building and fascinating flower and kitchen gardens that have been restored to their former glory and magnificence. Now a restaurant with rooms, it has a very special café that draws on the Lowther Estate's wide range of organic and rare breed produce.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Sally



Kielder Forest NE48 1ER

Kielder Water is Britain's biggest man-made lake, set within the 250 square miles of England's largest working forest. Acknowledged as the best 'tourism experience' in the country, this is the place for a day of fun and adventure. Among a whole range of great activities for both adults and children are fishing, birdwatching and geocaching.


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.



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.


Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland CA6 7DD

Birdoswald is located in one of the most picturesque settings along the whole of Hadrian’s Wall, overlooking the River Irthing gorge. It is unique because at no other point along the wall can all the components of the Roman Frontier system be found in such a small area. Here you can explore the extensive remains of the Roman fort and discover interactive displays, artefacts and a model of the wall in a fascinating exhibition.


Lanercost Priory, Brampton CA8 2HQ

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, the Augustinian priory of Lanercost was much involved in the Anglo-Scottish wars. Dissolved by Henry VIII in 1537 but today its beautiful 13th-century church remains remarkably well-preserved, standing to its full height; part is now in use as the parish church. See the unique 16thC wallpaintings in the Dacre Hall.


Kirklinton Hall & Gardens, Kirklinton CA6 6BB

Built in the 17th Century and currently, in the process of being restored to its former glory, Kirklinton Hall sits on a 14 acre site that features a beautiful part-walled garden. Good tearoom too.


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. Why not walk 84 miles from coast to coast following the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, past Roman settlements and forts. There’s history every step of the way, and cosy pubs, bustling market towns and great views too.


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: Follow signs for Carlisle Airport, Irthington village is signed off the A689, 5 miles east of the M6 (junction 44), or from the A6071 just over a mile north from Brampton on the A69

By Train: Nearest station is Carlisle, which is on the West Coast Mainline (3.5 hours from London) and just a short taxi ride from Irthington


, Irthington, Cumbria, CA6 4NJ

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