1863 sits in the heart of the picturesque village of Pooley Bridge on Ullswater’s northern shore. Over the course of its 150-year history, the property has served as the village blacksmith, post office and guest house but it was only in 2016 - after a £300,000 renovation programme - that it reopened in its latest incarnation. Family run by Mark and Anne Vause, 1863 now has seven elegant ensuite rooms as well as its award-winning two-AA-rosette bistro that’s open seven days a week. Diners can choose between a la carte or the ‘limited edition’ tasting menu (with optional wine flight) which is only available for up to eight people each evening. Both menus major on seasonal, local and foraged ingredients. There’s also a ‘Bite To Eat’ snack menu served daily from 2pm-4pm. The food at 1863 is ably complemented by a well-chosen wine list with plenty of choice by the glass and some special bottles for special occasions.