Horse & Farrier, Threlkeld

Threlkeld,
Cumbria
CA12 4SQ
01768 779688

The Horse and Farrier in Threlkeld is a picturesque inn sitting at the foot of Blencathra, the mountain described by Alfred Wainwright as one of the grandest objects in Lakeland (photo 1).  The Victorians renamed it Saddleback because of its shape but Wainwright insisted it return to its ancient name, famous in Arthurian legend.

A hand carved date above the characterful doorway shows that the pub was built in 1688, the year of the Glorious Revolution when King James II fled to France and William of Orange took over the throne (photo 2). The locals in Threlkeld at the time were probably more interested in enjoying the ales in their new pub.

Beers, until recently came from Jennings in nearby Cockermouth, but since the brewery closure in September 2022 now come from the parent company, Marstons. The Jennings castle logo is still on the inn sign above the colourful painting of the farrier and his horse (photo 3). Meals are served lunchtimes and evenings and all day on Sunday. The pub has accommodation with several ensuite rooms.

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