2. The Drunken Duck – Ambleside, Cumbria
The Lake District is hardly lacking in decent pubs, but this is one of its finest. It's seldom packed with tourists so visit now before the top-notch food, views of Lake Windermere and a range of microbrewery ales from Barngate Brewery have them banging at the door.
01539 436347, drunkenduckinn.co.uk