May 14 2011

The Water Edge Inn – Ambleside

After a Following our first of (hopefully) many walks in and around the Lake District, and more specifically the Wainwrights, it was time for a well earned beverage! We moved from the Rydal Road car park and back through the centre of Ambleside and onto the Wateredge Inn, which as the name suggests, sits right on the shore of the north-eastern tip of Lake Windermere.

And what a lovely setting it was. The place is very modernly fitted out, but despite the FA Cup final being shown on the wall mounted flat screen TV (they could do with a bigger one by the way…) Sir Edmund and I wanted to sit on one of the numerous tables outside and take in the views of the lake close up. After a couple of minutes however, the girls complained of being cold, and as in life the girls always get their way…we were soon sat back inside. We managed to snare a table, and despite being popular, it was a big enough place not to feel crowded.

At the bar we had ordered a couple of Fosters, a Pear Cider, a couple of soft drinks and a couple of packets of crisps (Thai Sweet Chilli were gorgeous by the way) but hey folks this is the Lake District, and moreso, this is the edge of Lake Windermere…Sir Edmund didn’t see much change from a crisp £20 note (£1.20 change to be precise). Luckily he had re-mortgaged that very week so just about covered it the kind chap he is. And he and his good lady had also stumped up for the car parking earlier too.

All in all the Wateredge Inn was a pleasant if expensive experience, but I guess we are gonna have to get used to that in this neck of the woods. Maybe they should have a Tourists Tariff and a cheaper Ramblers Rates…

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