The Wheatsheaf at Lorton in the Lake District

Roll on March. That’s when the campsite opens at The Wheatsheaf in Low Lorton.

Giant burgerWe discovered the pub after our favourite, the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater, was hit by a power cut and couldn’t cook. They kindly directed us up the road, and what a piece of serendipity! The Wheatsheaf is a traditional country pub with lovely views of some of the finest Lakeland fells – Whinlatter, Hobcarton, Hopegill Head, Whiteside and Grassmoor. If it seemed pleasant in torrential rain and sleet, we have high hopes for the summer.

Out the back, there’s a caravan park and a spacious site for tourers and tents. We haven’t checked out the facilities yet, but that’s something to look forward to in March. There’s also a village shop in the pub itself, selling essentials, plus local and homemade produce too.

By the time we got there, we were so hungry, we didn’t really mind too much what we ate. So, to find such a great menu, such lovely people and such a welcoming atmosphere was more than we could have hoped for.

Tents at the WheatsheafThe WheatsheafWe sat next to the big open fire and, within minutes of ordering, the power went off. Mark, the landlord, brought us candles and we chatted while keeping our fingers crossed that the kitchen would be working again soon. There was a cheer when the lights flicked back on a few minutes later.

Undeterred by the on-off power, the service was great and the food was excellent – large portions of really well-cooked dishes, fresh vegetables and delicious sauces. They list their local suppliers on the menu too. There are vegetarian dishes and smaller lunch options too. And, of course, if you got tired of eating here, there’s the Kirkstile Inn nearby too, with fantastic walks around Crummock Water and Loweswater.

We ate:

  • Slow-cooked lamb with garlic and mint marinade and Cumberland sauce, with green beans, sweet red cabbage and potatoes roasted with leek and bacon
  • Fore-rib of beef with creamy mash and horseradish gravy
  • Giant homemade burger feasts with mushroom, cheese, bacon and salsa, fantastic chips and salad
  • Pretty poor sticky toffee pudding – burnt, teeny and very overpriced. Happily, they knocked it off the bill without a problem.

We’ll report back on the campsite as soon as we can! You can see other Lake District finds here.


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