Broughton in Furness
Broughton has evolved over centuries and today is a delightful village which for its size, housing just over some 600 people, boasts quite a number of good pubs and restaurants.
There is also a specialist butchers and grocers - "Tysons" producing local meat, pies, and a selection of jams and chutneys for the most discerning palate. The range within the small grocery store will amaze you, how do they fit it all in, and fresh fruit and veg can be purchased from the racks outside.
An award winning bakery sits right next door to the butchers and grocers, so pop in there for your freshly baked bread. They have a mouth watering selection of cakes, pastries, quiches. pasties and general goodies to make your mouth water, and you can sample some in the cafe there too, which also has Wi-Fi access.
The Square Cafe up in The Square is also a good place to meet for a morning coffee or a tasty good value lunch. A fire roars in the winter and the dog is usually the first to welcome you. The Square cafe is dog friendly. There is some stunning photography for sale in there too.
Also on The Square you'll find The Information Centre, a mine of information on what there is to do in and around the local area.
To visit their website, Click here.
Good Pubs and Grub
The Manor Arms can be found on The Square, no were better for real ale connoisseurs.
There is also Beswicks, please book a table if you wish to sample some fine dining in their restaurant.
Just opposite the fine butchers you will find The Black Cock Inn, a really terrific local pub, with great food very reasonably priced. Book a table to ensure you get to eat.
There is also The Kings Head on the next corner, and The High Cross Inn at the top of the hill you see in the picture above - you're quite well serviced for a small village!
Broughton-in-Furness's location and proximity to good transport routes allows easy access to Coniston and the heart of the Lake District beyond.
Farming is an important part of community life, and sheep farming particularly is still an important way of life for many in the valleys.
A cattle market is still held in Broughton in Furness on alternate Tuesdays usually, and the village soon fills up with the sounds of sheep and cattle arriving. Its quite an event to witness if you haven't seen it before.
Broughton-in-Furness was granted its Market Charter in Elizabethan times and on 1st August every year without fail, a proclamation is read out from the steps of the Obelisk in The Square, warning all to keep the Queen's peace and not to short-change customers. Those that were silly enough to do so used to be placed in the adjacent stocks!
The Market Square, where the Obelisk stands, was designed by John Gilpin Sawrey, the Lord of the Manor in 1760, in imitation of the elegant Georgian squares of London.
With its fascinating history, hostelries and warm local folk, we feel sure you'll want to return to this area to sample again and again the local fayre and hospitality - we certainly hope you will!