Local life, lived to the brim: Another Place, The Lake adds a country pub to its Lake District experience.
Roaring fires, real ales, good company – traditional pubs have long been an essential feature of Cumbrian life; a place to gather, connect and relax after a day in the fells. And The Brackenrigg Inn is no exception. On the hill overlooking Ullswater – just five minutes’ walk from Another Place, The Lake – the pub is being given a new lease of life in 2024.
Reopening this spring in the first step of its three-year transformation, The Brackenrigg will build on its local heritage while adding a contemporary design standard, to create a unique Lakeland experience.
With a bar, ensuite bedrooms, meadows and unmatched views across Ullswater, guests, walkers and the local community can expect a warm welcome. Laid back and comfortable (hiking boots and dogs included) – from armchairs by crackling flames to cold beers in the sun on the lakeview terrace – the vision is to create a relaxed setting that authentically embraces local life.
The Brackenrigg’s food and drink will hero Cumbria’s local producers and passion for provenance – from meat and vegetables to cheese, fish, ale and gin. Whether it’s Cumberland sausage, locally caught trout and sticky toffee pudding, or reimagined traditional foods inspired by the seasons, here, flavour will rule. And not just in the kitchen. A calendar of events, from quiz, open mic and live music nights to local supplier pop-ups and takeovers will also foster a sense of year-round Lakeland spirit.
Guests staying at The Brackenrigg will have full use of everything on offer at Another Place – just a short walk away – including its indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub, outdoor swimming and lake sports coaches and equipment, Kids’ Zone, three restaurants and library.
The longer term opportunities (in stage 2) is to re-establish the inn’s microbrewery and tap room (the ‘Brack n’ Brew’ brewhouse was set up in a converted stable block and ran from 2015 until 2022). Outside, six acres of meadows will include a kitchen garden and orchards to supply produce to the kitchens at both The Brackenrigg and Another Place, an events meadow for feast nights and summer dining; a nature-inspired children’s play area; barbecue and fire pit areas and the potential for more outdoor accommodation closer to the elements.
Says Judi Blakeburn, Another Place CCO: “Following the success of Outside – which extended the hotel’s guest experience with a treehouse, shepherd huts and Glasshouse – we were looking for other ways to enhance the Ullswater experience for our guests. The Brackenrigg Inn offers that in spades. It’s a country pub in the truest sense, the beating heart of local life where a community gathers and connects. We’re excited to build on that with our unique Another Place perspective, bringing culture, conscience and care together to create a place that celebrates tradition but feels welcoming and modern.
“Beyond our guests, The Brackenrigg presents the opportunity to strengthen our ties with the community we’re a part of and that’s something we’re really fired up about. It’s going to be a very special place.”