In The Week magazine Hotel of the week section The Drunken Duck in Ambleside, Cumbria was voted their favourite in the 22nd February edition.
Set high above Ambleside, commanding dramatic views of the Lake District fells, the Duck stands at a crossroads, a traditional Lakeland dwelling, reflecting the simplicity, beauty and longevity of its natural environment. From these same fells, they draw not only the water for their beers brewed on site, but also the inspiration for their restaurant, which showcases the extensive range of quality produce that Cumbria has to offer.
Legend has it that the unofficial title dates back to Victorian years when a landlady of the Inn found her ducks lying stretched out in the road and concluded that they were dead.
Thriftily she began to pluck and prepare them for dinner. The ducks however, were “quick” and not dead. Down in the cellar a barrel had slipped its hoops and beer had gradually drained from the floor into the duck’s customary feeding ditch. Thereupon the ducks made all too good use of their unexpected opportunity, with the result that when they came to they found themselves plucked and halfway to the oven.
According to local legend, the landlady, full of remorse for the rough treatment, provided the de-feathered birds with knitted waistcoats of Hawkshead yarn until their feathers grew back again.
Meanwhile back at the inn I could not agree more with The Week on how fantastic this place is. Every time we go to the Lakes we either call for lunch and enjoy their sandwiches served “Famous Five” style wrapped in greaseproof paper, excellent after a long walk with a bowl of home made chips and a pint of one of Barngates own beers.
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