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The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

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Great Langdale

Cumbria
Ambleside
LA22 9JY
Tel:  15394 37272
Fax:  15394 37272
Email:  staff@oldhotel.fsnet.co.uk
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This basic boozer has thick, whitewashed walls, solid floors, and a cast iron range, which accommodates log fires. Socks and clothes can often be seen drying against it. Being the old hotel stables, some seating is in slate stalls. Seating is on planks on top of stone seats.
A regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the regular beers are Yates Bitter (a must), Jennings Cumberland, Theakstones Old Peculiar, Black Sheep Special, and a real cider on hand-pump, all complemented by a few guest beers.
Basic bar meals are available, but the restaurant of the hotel part is open to non-residents (booking recommended).
The huge painting was done in the 50s, and shows the climber Black Jack festering at Wall End Barn, supping a bottle of ale, whilst cherubs read the Great Langdale rock climbing guide to him. His wife waits patiently at the campsite for his return, whilst the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel sits in the background, beneath the surrounding fells and crags.
Posted by The Eternal
1st September 2005ce

I love this place. It's right at the end of Langdale, has comfy beds, good food, good beer and good views. The staff are friendly, and it couldn't be better placed for exploring the valley of the axe factory.

You can get the bus from Ambleside about 4 times a day, which also stops at Chapel Stile to have a gander at the Langdale Boulders rock art.

It's at the opposite end of the spectrum from Travelodges.
Posted by Hob
5th April 2005ce

Can't really speak for the hotel itself.

But its 'Hikers Bar' next door is a top drinking hole.....and has a good selection of beers if that's your thing.
Posted by stubob
15th July 2004ce