Not to be confused with The Wainwright in Keswick, Wainwrights’ Inn in Chapel Stile is part of the Langdale Estate, which includes the Langdale Hotel, Brimstone Spa and Stove Restaurant and Bar. We were last at the Langdale Hotel way back in June 1999, for the wedding reception of my dad’s cousin Frank & his wife Sheila. Frank has since departed this mortal coil, but as the man who introduced us to many secret parts of Cumbria, he will always be remembered.
Anyway, on to today’s visit. We parked over in Skelwith Bridge, and followed a largely familiar route up to Neaum Crag (site of our first Lakes winter holiday), skirting around Loughrigg Tarn, up to High Close and then down through Walthwaite and into Chapel Stile.
A familiar sight coming next too. Wainwrights’ Inn have also subscribed to the tasting bat/paddle methodology, which allows you to enjoy 3 x 1/3 pint glasses of different beer. We managed to confuse them by requesting Tirril Pennine Pilsner as one of the three beers, but they eventually worked out that it was a proper beer so could be included. That was a light and refreshing pilsner, and it was joined by Derwent Brewery’s Cote Light (easy drinking light ale) and Penning Brewing’s Jingle Bell Rock (pleasant session bitter with standard festive pun name).
Lunch arrived on boards (boo – we want plates!) but was utterly delicious. A warm chicken, bacon & melted cheese baguette, served with a salad garnish and barbecue sauce. We also ordered some chips to share.
A great start to a New Year of eating and drinking. Three new beers to kick off #tryanuary, and a new pub too. Can’t ask for much more, apart from lovely food, which it certainly was. Dog friendly and walker friendly, Wainwrights’ Inn is a jewel in Chapel Stile, and hightly recommended if you are in the area.
I assume that the position of the possessive apostrophe means that the Inn is for all of the 214 Wainwrights rather than just Alfred…