String of Horses Bar
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Traditional Inn

With its oak beams and panelling, open fires and gleaming brassware, it's no the wonder String of Horses Inn has provided a warm welcome to so many visitors from all over the world for more than 350 years. Below you can learn a little of the history of this traditional Cumbrian Inn...

1659 was perhaps not a particularly good time to establish an inn - with Cromwell only recently dead and his son Richard installed as Lord Protector.

Wracked by Civil War and religious conflict, England was neither united nor a kingdom. Even so, merchants still traded, commerce still persisted and people still travelled, stopping off to rest at rural taverns where the ale would refresh, the fayre satisfy, the beds soothe - and a new string of horses could be harnessed to the long-distance stagecoach. Thus was born the String of Horses Inn, a haven for travellers then, and still the same all these centuries later: a place where the atmosphere of of the past combines with the best of today...