1863, Pooley Bridge
Restaurant with Rooms,
Ullswater the Lake District


For over 150 years, 1863 has quite literally been a cornerstone of the village. The property is set in the heart of Pooley Bridge, a pretty village on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District. It was built first as the village blacksmith and later it became the post office.


Now 1863 is more than an award-winning restaurant with seven elegant bedrooms; we are a family affair who enjoy getting the little things just right, welcoming guests back times and again to share in a slice of Lake District paradise.



A relaxed, friendly atmosphere encourages visitors to take time to unwind in comfortable surroundings, enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal dishes cooked up by our skilled chef before retiring to the bar for a night cap or to bed for restful sleep.

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Owners Anne and Mark offer their guests quality Lake District Bed & Breakfast accommodation located in Pooley Bridge on Lake Ullswater. Here you will find a choice of seven elegant en-suite bedrooms, a homely welcome and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. For the very best rates and latest availability, call us direct on 017684 86334.

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We serve a good selection of beers, wines and spirits but what we’re really passionate about are our ‘beers of the month’. Mark works with a number of local breweries to showcase some of the region’s finest unsung beer heroes. Keep an eye out for our monthly recommendation on social media and on the good, old-fashioned blackboard outside!

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  • A small menu in a restaurant of this calibre is perfect. It means a restaurant can put all its heart into each dish it produces and the dishes we had were truly amazing. Really well presented and totally delicious. All there courses were excellent. Thank you for a lovely evening.

    - July 2018
  • This was our second visit to this fabulous boutique hotel. A first class treat. Chef Phil and his team are worthy of a Michelin star or two even! They are obviously passionate about presentation as well as flavour with all dishes like a work of art – amazing.

    - April 2018
  • This is an excellent spot for a short stay. Very convenient for the village and all pubs, shops, walks etc. Rooms are superb. Clean, fresh, well decorated with great bathrooms.

    - July 2018
  • Only a few minutes from the M6 at the top of Ulswater this small hotel and restaurant is a gem. Undoubtedly the highlight was the evening meal. A superb menu with excellent service. The dishes were well explained by the waiter and the standard of food was superb! I would say Michelin star level, a seriously talented chef is busy in that kitchen! A great place to stay and eat, I will be back!

    - June 2018
  • Ullswater Droving

    Ullswater Droving
    Fri 25 October 2019

    Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem in Pooley Bridge!

    The two day festival encourages visitors to dress up and ‘join the herd’ by donning a mask, dressing up as a farmer and enjoying the entertainment.

    The Ullswater Droving marks the beginning of the two days of droving celebrations and will take place on Friday 25th October with a special torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge led this year by The Baghdaddies.


    Today, Thursday 21 February 2019, Ullswater’s award-winning restaurant with rooms, 1863 in Pooley Bridge has been announced as a finalist for ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.  The two AA rosette restaurant has been making waves on the Cumbrian food scene since it opened in Summer 2016. 1863 offers innovative food […]

  • The Dalemain Marmalade Festival

    Saturday 16 March The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 16th March, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Join us for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade […]

1863 is located at Elm House, High Street, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, England, UK, near to Ullswater in the north east of the Lake District National Park