The Duck

Back to work following a stay at the Drunken Duck, near Ambleside (Grasmere pictured, above). I love this place, particularly the Sunday night deals which leave you with the best of the Lakes, with no crowds, on quiet Mondays. Great food, rooms, toiletries, tea & scones, real fires and unobtrusive service.

One example: if they know you’ve paid for the room-and-evening meal rate, you’re given menus with no prices. When you can order what you like, why do you need to see the price? Another: DD has its own water supply, straight off the mountain. It’s pure, but a little brown. Some softarses might have a problem with this; good, I hope they stay away.

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