The village sits at the end of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and it is just 400 yards walk up to the Boot Inn. Just by coincidence my most recent visit was close to the 50th anniversary of my first when I was a 14 year old boyscout.
The pub is a tied house belonging to Robinsons of Stockport who are now marketing themselves as a Cheshire family brewery. The pub was built in the sixteenth century and was formerley known as the Burnmoor Inn.
First impression when you walk into the bar is that there is a good choice of beers on the wickets. I was to sample most of them over my 3 day stay but I started with a pint of Hoppy Wan Kenobe which was much appreciated as it was a very hot day.
Other ales on offer included Dizzy Blonde , Cumbrian Way, Wizard, Trooper and Light Brigade. Prices
The day I ordered Dizzy Blonde was a particularly hot one. All the ales I sampled were appropriate for the unseasonally hot and dry weather. (No Old Tom on offer!)
The food on offer was excellent pub food priced for the wealthy hikers. There were two good veggie options, the falafel with pilaf (above) was £10.95. I had a voucher for a 10% discount which made it £9.85!
I tried the Cumberland sausage with cabbage and mash on my second visit.
The best veggie option, in my opinion, was the Thai green curry washed down with Hoppy Wan Kenobe
Eskdale is a lovely part of the Lake District with the high fells only 10 miles from the coast. Eskdale Mill, in Boot, just behind the pub, has a working waterwheel. There are many good pubs in the valley but it is just possible that the Boot Inn is the best of all.