Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Outgate Inn, Outgate, Cumbria

The Lake District is full of good pubs. In some areas you are falling over them at every turn. The road from Hawkshead to Ambleside has a little belter at Outgate, called, appropriately, the Outgate Inn.
We were out walking from Wray on the banks of Lake Windermere when we came across the Fred Robinson's tied house. I go back along way with Robinsons (although not as far as 1838 when he bought his first pub) so had no hesitation in trying the Dizzy Blonde:
Delightful on a hot day and more subtle and well balanced than many of the latterday blondes that are so popular at the moment. The staff at the Outgate were not a very smiley team but they obviously have a sense of humour as this was posted on the bar!
It was a hot lunchtime so we sat in the garden where there was some shelter and had a very pleasant lunch which was reasonably priced and well presented - just what we wanted! Also room for the kids to run around in safety.
My second pint was named after the pub and was a smooth, understated bitter, again very nice on a hot day.  Robinsons will always have a place in my heart after my student days in Salford. It has been a while but my impression is that Fred's legacy is safe whilst they have pubs like the Outgate in the estate.

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