The owners of Askham Hall in Cumbria has unveiled the results of a renovation at its newly-acquired pub, that will now operate as part of the rebranded Askham Collection.
Charles Lowther has transformed The Queen’s Head in the village of Askham to bring under the umbrella of both Askham Hall and the George & Dragon at Clifton.
Six bedrooms have been refurbished as part of the project, as well as the building’s bar and restaurant.
The move is also part of a wider vision to create a new health and wellbeing hub in the Lake District, with the Queen’s Head also sitting on the doorstep of the village’s newly-established Health Barn.
The 18th century rustic barn offers treatments and workshops, ranging from the only flotation tank of its kind in Cumbria to naturopathic nutrition and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Owner of the Askham Collection, Charles Lowther, says: “I have a deep personal love for the outdoors and wanted to celebrate Askham’s unusually accessible relationship with nature compared to many parts of the Lakes. People can explore from the door without a car, so by linking the Queen’s Head with nature and the health barn we are looking to cement Askham and Lowther as THE place to go in the Lakes for adventure and holistic wellbeing.”
The Lowther family have owned the 13th century Askham Hall near Penrith since the 1800s, but only launched the business as a restaurant with rooms in 2013.
In spring 2018, the hotel’s restaurant was relaunched as Allium, led by head chef Richard Swale with an emphasis on home grown produce.