Horse & Farrier News

Kitchen at the Salutation Inn Now Open

We are thrilled to announce that the kitchen in our sister inn, the Salutation Inn is open!

The Salutation is an informal and relaxed restaurant that offers a menu with an Italian twist. While our pizza oven is a standout feature, we also have a range of starters and mains to suit every taste. Our menu includes traditional dishes like lasagne and spaghetti, all freshly prepared in our kitchen, as well as a choice of seasonal desserts

Whether you are a hotel guest or a local looking for a great meal, our team of talented chefs and friendly front of house team invite you to come and dine with us or order a takeaway.

Visit our sister inn, the Salutation Inn, and experience the taste of our new delicious menu!

News Type: General

News Tags: open, the salutation inn, food, takeaway, open, food, takeaway

Published Date: Wednesday 23rd August, 2023 @ 11:47am

New Covid-19 Policies

Whilst we are delighted that we are moving away from the restrictions that have impacted us all during this time, we are conscious that Covid has not gone away and with this in mind we have decided to leave some safety measures in place to protect our guest and our staff.

  • We will be wearing face coverings and politely request that our guest continue to wear them while moving around the establishment. 
  • Customers will be seated in the restaurant and we will continue with table service inside and online ordering system in our beer garden
  • The sanitisation points still will be dotted around the premises
  • The screens at our tills will remain in place
  • We will still do the Ozone treatment of our bedrooms prior to your arrival as well as regular cleaning of high touch points and through clean of the tables between dinning guests

We hope that you will respect our decision to protect our staff and customers. As we head into a busy summer holiday period, please stay safe everyone and we look forward to welcoming you all at the Horse and Farrier and the Salutation soon.

News Type: Covid-19

News Tags: covid-19, restaurant, reopening, hotel

Published Date: Monday 19th July, 2021 @ 4:41pm

Booking Update

We are extremely thrilled and very grateful for the incredible interest that we are experiencing, and we would love to announce that we are taking bookings for overnight stays from 12th of April for our delightful Self Catering Cottage, and from 17th of May for our stylish and comfortable rooms.

You can contact us via email or call us on 017687 79688. If we are unable to take your call, please leave a message and we will come back to you as soon as we can.

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News Tags: rooms, booking, accomodation, cottage, self catering

Published Date: Tuesday 9th March, 2021 @ 1:57am

Join our Team

Our successful, family run business in the spectacular Lake District has an exciting opportunity for skilled hospitality professionals to join our Front of House, Houskeeping or our Kitchen Team.

If you are an enthusiastic person and have relative experiance in hospitality, please send an emial to with your CV and explanation why you would like to join us.

We are looking forward to hear from you. 

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News Tags: job advertisement, horse and farrier

Published Date: Monday 22nd February, 2021 @ 8:58pm

Closed due to Cumbria Tier 4 Restrictions

Cumbria has moved to tier 4 so sadly once again we have to shut the Horse & Farrier. We will however, continue with a takeout business Friday Saturday and Sunday initially and more if there is the demand.

We are so sorry that we have had to cancel our planned new year special meal and disappoint so many customers but we are sure everybody understands this is not in our control.

We hope with the vaccines available and the lockdown stopping the spread of the virus that we will return to normal in 2021 hopefully by Easter when we look forward to welcoming all our customers back.

In the meantime watch the website for updates and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

News Type: Covid-19

News Tags: covid-19, restaurant, closure, hotel

Published Date: Wednesday 30th December, 2020 @ 9:31pm

Reopening... again!

We are delighted that we are able to re-open yet again and welcome back our valued customers. We are currently in a Tier 2 area and we are hoping to being moved into Tier 1 after the mid-December review due to the very low and declining infection rates here. 

With the new Tier system in place we have some new rules to follow.

For Overnight Stays:

Our hotel is permitted to open unfortunately due to new restrictions guest from Tier 3 are not able to travel or stay in other areas of the country. 

However, the government stated that existing travel restrictions will be relaxed during the Christmas period 23rd  - 27th of December. So you can book and stay but no households can mix for meals 

In our restaurant :

Households will are not allowed to mix indoors apart from in support bubble. However a maximum of six people from different households can meet outdoors as long as each person is eating you can have an alcoholic drink

Good news is that we are allowed to stay open till 11pm with last orders being called at 10pm although alcoholic drinks can be only served with a meal. 

News Type: Covid-19

News Tags: covid-19, restaurant, reopening, hotel

Published Date: Tuesday 1st December, 2020 @ 9:44pm

The Keswick to Threlkeld Walkway Re-opens

This week is the 5th anniversary of Storm Desmond which washed away the bridges and the wonderful walk from Keswick to Threlkeld which so many of you enjoyed.

After years of work and £8m of expenditure the pathway from Keswick to Threlkeld re-opens this week. So you can walk all the way from Keswick to the Horse & Farrier along the new track, enjoy a well earned lunch and get the bus back into Keswick from our front door.

Or walk off your lunch on the way back!

News Type: Local Area

News Tags: keswick, railway path, threlkeld, walking

Published Date: Tuesday 1st December, 2020 @ 4:54pm

Temporary Closure

Dear Our Guest and Friends

Due to recent Government announcement we will be temporarily closing our doors at 10pm on Wednesday the 4th of November. We plan to reopen in early December as per the current government ruling. We will update you with further information as and when we receive it.

A member of our staff will be contacting everyone who has a room or table reservation in order of booking dates.

We are available to answer any questions you might have just email us at

We wish you all good health and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Warmest Regards

David and the Team

News Type: Covid-19

News Tags: covid-19, restaurant, closure, hotel

Published Date: Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 @ 10:42am

Order Our Garden Menu from Your Mobile

Food To Go or Dine with us Al Fresco

We are delighted to introduce our new online ordering system from Mobo2Go.

This innovative system gives you the option to order food and drink via our website, and you can choose to collect and take away or enjoy in our Al Fresco dining area.

And it's so easy to use too -

Together with Mobo2go, we worked behind the scenes to develop our app to provide our customers with an easier way of ordering when you are in our outside areas or at the Sally. We are giving customers the ability to pick their favourite dishes from our Al fresco Garden Menu using your smartphone or tablet in just a few simple steps and you don’t have to stand in the queue!

Enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner, soaking up the stunning views of the majestic blencathra.

In these strange times you may not want to go out so often so you have the opportunity of placing your order from the comfort of your home for collection when you want it. So you can still enjoy a Farrier fish and chips or Sunday lunch at home.

Of course, you can still book a table in our restaurant and enjoy table service or you may wish to escape for a night or three and stay with us. We are very much open for business.

News Type: General

News Tags: take away, garden menu, online ordering

Published Date: Friday 16th October, 2020 @ 7:43pm

We are opening on Saturday 4th of July

The Horse And Farrier will open its doors at 12pm on Saturday 4th.

New Procedures to keep you and the staff safe have been introduced and will be available on the web site later this week.

As of Monday 29th our takeaway menu will go on hold to give the head chef Jose and his team time to train his team and get ready for our relaunch including new menus.

One of our new menus is the Garden Menu, is planned for the outside areas. We plan to make everything from that menu available in take out packaging. It will be available to order by phone and coming soon, online with collection allowing for a few minutes preparation time. We aim to offer advanced ordering with specified pickup time in the future.

It is advised to book as we are filling up quickly.

We are looking forward to seeing you very soon.

News Type: General

News Tags: covid-19, restaurant, reopening

Published Date: Monday 29th June, 2020 @ 5:18pm

Open for Carry Out Food

It has been a tough week for everyone, and it is with sad hearts that we must close the Horse and Farrier and The Sally. This is a heart breaking decision, but it is one that we have had to make by government instruction.

Our upmost priority is to protect our loyal guests, the Horse and Farrier and Sally teams, and our families at home. Unfortunately, we are cancelling all bookings until 1st June 2020.

To be clear: we have had no suspected cases of Coronavirus, either from our guests or our team. We have been rigorously enforcing all the government guidelines indeed going above and beyond. We are devastated to have to shut a business which has run 24/7 for 365 days a year for as long as anyone can remember!

However – we will still supply food on a carry out basis - so down but not out

Our Take Away Menu

We will be in touch regarding room bookings and we are happy to work with you to reschedule

This is a huge ordeal for all of us, but with a level-head, we all will get through it. And we can't wait to welcome you back when we do.

Keep Safe!

News Type: General

News Tags: take away food, covid-19, take out

Published Date: Saturday 21st March, 2020 @ 5:39pm

Get Away From The Crowds

Whilst we deal with the uncertainty of coronavirus, I wanted to update you on the precautions we are taking to ensure that our restaurants, bars and guest rooms remain a safe space for our guests and employees to enjoy over the coming months.

As always in our five star kitchen, our restaurants, our bars and our guest rooms we maintain the highest possible level of hygiene.

Our team has been fully briefed with current government requirements and are undertaking extreme levels of health and safety procedures to ensure that guests and other staff members are safe.

As you would expect all of our tables are appropriately cleaned when customers leave, all high touch areas are cleaned regularly with appropriate antiviral solutions including menus taps door handles and bedroom equipment etc and of course all crockery cutlery and glassware is washed in high temperature commercial equipment. We have been kitted out with extra hand sanitiser so please feel free to make use of this during your time with us.

We want you to be able to get away from the crush of the bigger towns and enjoy the wonderful countryside around Threlkeld and to feel you can stay and eat with us in a safe environment.

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News Tags: covid-19

Published Date: Monday 16th March, 2020 @ 5:00pm

Kong Summer Series @ The Sally

We are delighted to announce that we are supporting Kong Summer Series 2020!!!

The Summer Series is an event of 3 evening races based around the stunning ridges of Blencathra. An uphill time trial to the summit, a classic circuit of Blencathra and a downhill dash from the summit.

Registration for the second race, BB Kong (Blencathra and Blease Fell) is at our sister inn The Sally (also in Threlkeld) from 5.45pm on Tuesday 26th May.

Parking is limited so please car share where possible or cycle to the event.

Visit the Kong Adventure website for more information.

We are looking forward to seeing you all out there.

News Type: General

News Tags: fell running, the sally, blencathra, running, event

Published Date: Wednesday 4th March, 2020 @ 11:31am

Horse & Farrier featured in Countryside Magazine

We're proud to be featured in the November 2019 issue of the National Farmers Union magazine Countryside. The Horse & Farrier is the featured pub in Lorna Maybery's article Eat, Sleep, Walk... Cumbria  in which she "heads to the hills... and the lakes... in search of iconic Cumbrian food and drink". You can read the fantastic review she gave us below:

"If you’re looking for a pub with a really friendly welcome, chatty staff, an historic interior and great food, then the Horse and Farrier at Threlkeld is just the ticket. It sits just off the A66 in the shadow of spectacular Blencathera, one of the most northerly hills in the Lake District, so big tick then for stunning scenery too, especially if you dine al fresco in the pub’s garden.

We were greeted by waiter Keith, who looked rather dapper in his smart waistcoat and tie. His friendly welcome put us at ease and he regaled us with some of the history of the pub and how a recent refurbishment has seen the dining area extended into the building next door and new rooms added to the accommodation upstairs.

He left us with the extensive menu and we had a few moments of indecision as every dish looked too mouthwatering. In the end we selected the Piri Piri Tiger Prawn and Chorizo Skewes and Breaded Garlic Mushrooms to start, followed by the Jennings Ale Pie and the Traditional Cumberland Sausage The rich thick gravy and tender chunks of braised steak were quite excellent and the single curl sausage with onion mash and Jennings ale gravy also got a big thumbs-up. The ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced and the portion sizes are generous, making & excellent value for money.

And, if you are so full you can’t move, then you can stay the night in one of the newly decorated charming rooms and suites, and then enjoy a full English in the morning!"

If you'd like to experience the "charming rooms and suites" or "mouthwatering" food why not book a room or a table today?

News Type: General

News Tags: countryside, nfu, review, news

Published Date: Wednesday 13th November, 2019 @ 9:35pm

Horse & Farrier Refurbishment

We are delighted to announce the completion of our recent refurbishment here at the Horse & Farrier.

We are delighted to introduce to our accommodation offering two terrific new suites; the Blencathra and the Saddleback. Our suites retain all the charm of a country coaching inn whilst introducing a fresh new design and are perfect for family breaks and romantic getaways. In addition, our other seven bedrooms have all been updated to the same high standards with king size and twin options available.

During our reshape here at the Horse & Farrier, we’ve increased and enhanced our dining space by extending into what was the adjoining cottage. Immense care and attention has gone into the planning process, partly due to our Grade II buildings listing, but also our dedication to keeping the authentic feel of this 17th century traditional Lakeland Inn. We have retained the open fires, comfortable seats and introduced a range of gorgeous fabrics and textures with complementing rustic wooden and stone floors. Our bar area has also been fully refurbished and we’ve created an area that is suitable for private parties and functions.

We've also enhanced our outdoor space introducing a timber covered area, ideal for al fresco dining when the weather is misbehaving!

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News Tags: bar, restaurant, rooms, accommodation, refurbishment

Published Date: Saturday 8th December, 2018 @ 1:15pm

Railway Path Funding Approved

There's great news for the Horse and Farrier, as customers will again be able to walk, cycle or run from Keswick to Threlkeld as they used to do before the bridges were destroyed in storm Desmond. Many of our customers used to walk up from Keswick enjoy a nice lunch and either walk or take the bus back, since Storm Desmond that has been a difficult route except for the fittest. The Lake District Foundation has recently announced funding for full steam ahead for the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path.

The foundation said “A £7.9 million funding package has been agreed to allow work to start on the final phase of reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld multi user trail which was severely damaged in Storm Desmond three years ago to the day (5 December).

This is an important milestone in this complex project which has required significant work to get to this stage, and it is fitting that key funding partners and local users gathered to mark this development exactly three years since the fateful storm.
Funding has been approved so far from Highways England and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Additionally, community fundraising by the Lake District Foundation has resulted in a £130,000 donation all which will enable the project to go ahead.”

News Type: Local Area

News Tags: footpath, keswick, railway, lunch

Published Date: Wednesday 5th December, 2018 @ 9:44pm