New landlords for iconic Lake District pub

Ben-Asworth-Dan-Perkin-Hare-Hounds FDMB North West

New landlords have taken over the helm at the historic Hare & Hounds, Bowland Bridge, set in the heart of the Lake District’s Winster Valley.

The much-loved pub with rooms was taken over by local entrepreneurs and restauranteurs Geoff Perrygrove and Ben Ashworth, just over a month ago. The pair who already run the highly successful Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, Windermere Marina, Bowness, have ambitious plans for the former 17th century coaching inn.

Working with General Manager Dan Perkin, they have already hit the ground running, creating a totally new menu using only the finest fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

Geoff Perrygrove commented: “The Hare & Hounds has a lot of potential, it’s in a great location, being close to Kendal, Ulverston and Bowness. There’s a great outside space with epic views over the valley, there are five newly refurbished ensuite guest bedrooms with walk in showers and roll top baths and there’s an amazing dining area with heaps of character and bar with an open fire.

“We saw the potential and just wanted to get in and get cracking, we will be working hard with our team in the next few months to give the Hare & Hounds a new lease of life and we look forward to welcoming guest old and new.”

Ben Ashworth said: “I’ve got years of experience creating award winning seasonal menus in some of the Lake District’s top eateries. We’ve had huge success with the Boat House Bar & Restaurant over the last five years, as a result Geoff and I have been looking for another venue for a while.

“We wanted to be able to offer seasonal, tasty, well-cooked food in a traditional Lakeland pub, so it’s taken us a bit to find the perfect spot. We are really excited about the Hare & Hounds, it gives us the chance to bring our food style to a different audience and hopefully we can add something a little different to Cumbria’s pub scene along the way as we.”

PHOTO: Ben Ashworth (Executive Chef and Co-owner) with Dan Perkin (General Manager).