On the southern edge of the Lake District, the Royal Oak in Spark Bridge offers en suite rooms, cask ales and an impressive range of home-cooked food. This Cumbrian inn provides free parking and WiFi. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with DVD player, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities, and has views of the gardens. All rooms have an en suite bath and shower with toiletries supplied. A full English breakfast is served each morning, with cereals, porridge and other cooked options also available. The restaurant menu showcases local produce and includes homemade pies, Cumberland sausage and mash, and gourmet burgers. Packed lunches can also be provided. The Royal Oak is a 20-minute drive from the coastal town of Grange-over-Sands, and 10 minutes from Newby Bridge, on the route of the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Coniston Water is around 6 minutes’ drive north of Spark Bridge.