The Queen’s Head, Troutbeck, Lake District: hotel review

This 17th-century Grade II-listed coaching inn has had a major and sensitive refurbishment following a fire. A shame its food isn’t as good as the setting

The Queen’s Head does not seem to have much luck. In June 2014, the 17th-century coaching inn was gutted by fire. It reopened in March, after a £2m refit by its owner, Stockport-based Robinsons brewery, which is pushing the pub’s foodie credentials. Yet I arrive to find the pub suddenly between head chefs. Two agency lads are holding the fort, I am told, under the watchful eye of Robinsons’ overall executive chef. Outside, a rainbow arcs over Troutbeck valley. It is a magnificent sight. But under the circumstances it feels ironic.

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