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Last week my boyfriend and I decided to start the bank holiday early and headed up to the Lake District for a couple of days of country air, exercise that didn't require being inside a gym, and a lot of food and wine.
We stayed at The Drunken Duck, up in the hills just above Ambleside where views of the surrounding countryside are completely unobstructed and the only noise you can hear is the odd Range Rover rolling past or the beer from the Inn's brewery being poured in the pub downstairs.
Inside, the Drunken Duck is all country chic - think roaring log fires (thankfully not needed in August), Farrow & Ball on the walls, big sinkable beds and dressing gowns so fluffy I would have taken one home with me, had it been socially acceptable (and legal).
The Inn is over 300 years old, so rooms (unless you pay a premium) come pretty small, the hallways are narrow, the floors creak and it isn't bedecked in mod cons - but that's all part of the charm. Here, the emphasis is on comfort, quiet luxury, attentive service, and incredible food.
The Drunken Duck has won numerous awards for its restaurant, and it's easy to see why. On our first day we were treated to Afternoon Tea of huge homemade scones and real English brews in the bar, before getting ready for dinner that evening. Luckily, we'd worked up an appetite by going on a hike up the hills just behind the Inn, as we settled down to guinea fowl, ox cheeks, oversized macarons and some of the best wine I've had in a while.
After an incredible night's sleep we were awoken with tea and papers brought to the room, before feasting on a huge, freshly cooked breakfast - the perfect fuel for the eight-mile hike we took in the Lake District fells.