Royal Hotel, Dockray, June 2016

A classic Lake District day of two halves. The forecast for today was for cloud and spots of brightness in the morning, with light rain arriving after lunch, and then settling in for the rest of the day.

We arrived at the Royal Hotel just before 2pm, after walking over from Aira Force via Gowbarrow Fell, reversing a route we did back in August 2002, which seems like a very long time ago! Luckily they don’t stop serving food until 2:30 so there was just enough time to order some lunch and a local pint.

That pint was Langdale Light from Tirril Brewery, an uncomplicated golden ale which was well earnt after a nice morning on the fells.

For lunch, that classic, a BLT, nice bread, good tasty bacon, with decent lettuce and tomato, and a better than average salad on the side (olives, feta, cucumber as well as lettuce and cherry tomatoes). A few crisps on the side too. We also ordered some curly fries to share, which were well cooked, crispy and not greasy.

Mrs MOFAD had the tuna savoury which was also very good, and generously filled, unlike so many tuna sandwiches which are just a smear of fishy paste in the centre of some tedious sliced white bread.

There are lots of tables out in the beer garden, but we sat indoors today due to the threat of rain (which arrived whilst we were eating). A friendly and welcoming place, and walkers are welcome. There aren’t many options in the area (it’s one of the few buildings in the entire village) so it’s welcome to find that the only real option is a good one.

Recommended if you find yourself around these parts.