After yesterday mornings jaunt round Lostock Hall and Farington Moss we decided that we'd earnt a luch out, so it was off in the car up to the Lakes to try out the Watermill Inn at Ings.
Ings is one of those places that we've driven past hundreds of times on the way to Windermere or Ambleside, occasionally stopping at the garage to stock up on food or to buy a forgotten map (we must have at least four copies of the Landranger South Eastern Fells Map!). We did know that the Watermill, which lies just off the main road at Ings, between Kendal and Windermere, had a good reputation and has been a "dog friendly pub" award winner in past years. Yesterday we decided to stop off and give it a try.
In short, the dog loved it, and so did we. The large left hand bar doesn't just allow dogs, they are postively welcomed with a bowl of water and biscuits served at the table - fantastic service! The selection of real ales was admired by Dogs Dad, who was unfortunately driving so didn't have chance to sample them, and the bar menu was superb. The Cumberland Sausage and Lamb Shank were great. The locals we spoke to clearly loved their dogs, even pointing out the pictures of them on the wall by the bar, and were very welcoming.
The walk up the gated road next to the pub provides for some gentle exercise after you, and your dog, have over indulged.
Well worth a visit. We'll definately return.
Probably the best dog friendly pub we've visited, certainly the best in the the North West.
Doggy rating 10/10