The Mortal Man ~ A Yorkshire Cook Abroad in the Lake District


A Christmas Tradition which has been carried through various stages of my life is to go out for some fresh air on Boxing Day.  When I was young and, later, when my children were young, that meant a walk on the beach or promenade beside the sea.

Nowadays, I live farther from the sea and we often go up into the Lake District.  This year Boxing Day was stormy and we grabbed the first reasonably calm and dry day to drive the 55 miles to Lake Windermere.

lakes view 1

The Lake District:

Where Wordsworth ‘wandered lonely as a cloud’.

Where Beatrix Potter gained inspiration for Peter Rabbit and lived the later part of her life on a farm.Peter Rabbit Classic Gift Set: Naturally Better (Peter Rabbit Naturally Better)

And where John, Susan, Titty, and Roger sailed their boat ‘Swallow’ in the glorious summers of my imagination. Swallows And Amazons

And the Lake District with many fine brewers and pubs to drink their ale in.

“O mortal man that lives by bread,
What is it makes thy nose so red?
Thou sill fool, that look’st so pale,
’Tis drinking Sally Birkett’s ale.”


We stumbled upon The Mortal Man by accident when we were heading up The Kirkstone Pass.  We stopped to take photos and Alan walked back down the road to get a particular view while I was distracted by a typical Lake District stone wall.

lakes stone wall

So beautiful! A work of art.

Having seen the sign pointing up a narrow lane, we found this enormous building clinging the the hillside.  Unfortunately, the sun was disappearing behind the hills and photos were a bit too flat and dull to be worth sharing but you can see some lovely photos on the website.  There has been an Inn on the site since 1689. That’s a long while!

interior mortal man

The pub is just the sort of place we like.  Comfortable and relaxed, with well worn and mismatched furniture.  The sort of place that welcomes families, and walkers in boots, and dogs.

There was lots of room between the tables.  That matters to me because I have limited mobility and trying to manoeuvre in tight spaces makes me feel rather unsteady.  There was no rush to order and we sipped ~ dry white house wine for me and beer for Alan ~ while we read the menu.

In the end, given that we were in the Lake District, we had local roast lamb from the carvery menu.  It was superb, with roast potatoes and a wide selection of vegetables ~ sprouts, carrots, swede ((rutabaga), sugar peas, peas, and parsnip ~ all cooked to that point where they retained just a little bite, and not too much of any one vegetable.

There were roast potatoes and a Yorkshire Pudding, all served with a very good gravy.

We never got over the Kirkstone Pass as the afternoon was drawing on and the sun sets before 4:00 pm at the moment, but we will go back when the days are longer and eat in the Garden Room with the lovely views.

The Mortal Man, Troutbeck. Cumbria.  Phone : 015394 33193

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