The Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale, December 2016

A busy Friday in the Lakes. The cloud was low when we parked up at Tilberthwaite, which has been a favourite spot for nearly 30 years now. When I first came here in the 1980s, it seemed like nobody really knew about it. It’s now a very popular place with walkers, heading off to tackle Wetherlam, Black Sails or even The Old Man of Coniston.

Today we were using it to tackle Holme Fell, which we were hoping to conquer, as long as the cloud wasn’t against us. After we had reached Holme Ground (after a spot of bird nerding at Low Tilberthwaite where we spotted a tree creeper), things were looking ok up on high so we ascended to the summit, whereupon the cloud came down for a few minutes and then went away again.

We descended to Hodge Close quarry and then on to Stang End and into Little Langdale for lunch at The Three Shires Inn. It seems like everyone else had that idea, as we managed to grab the last free table inside (most of the outside tables were also full).

The Three Shires Inn is a lovely little village pub, friendly and welcoming, and walker-friendly. You just have to be when most of your passing traffic is passing by on foot.

The choice of beer was all too easy. It wouldn’t be a Lakes trip without a pint of Loweswater Gold from Cumbrian Legendary Ales, a superb golden ale which you just have to have if you see it on in a pub.

Mrs MOFAD had a lovely tuna savoury sandwich, which she proclaimed as probably the best tuna savoury she has had in recent times. I opted for the local sausage ciabatta with chutney, which was also really tasty, with a bit of salad on the side, and a bowl of chips to share (only available with other meals).

A lovely visit to The Three Shires Inn, and it’s not hard to see why it was rammed. Lovely food and drink in a lovely pub. It’s a jewel in Little Langdale, well worth getting over to.