About Gilcrux

Probably not a place you’ve heard of, and if you blinked while you were passing by you might have missed us altogether. But Gilcrux is ideally placed for exploration of the northern Lakes (5 miles to Lake District National Park) and the unspoiled Cumbrian beaches (5 miles). In the village itself you can try your hand at trout fishing in the Gilcrux Trout Fishing ponds.

“Gilcrux” is apparently Welsh for “hill retreat”. It’s a small farming community 5 miles north of Cockermouth (once the home of the poet William Wordsworth), and is perhaps best known for the 5 springs which bubble, gush or boil up at various locations in the village. Intriguingly, one of these is said to be saltwater.

​​​​​​​There are various accommodation options in the village.

Your Hosts

Mike was born in Yorkshire and worked in the merchant navy; Nadine is South African. Over the past twenty years, they’ve lived on three continents. Mike is a natural host, and while not yet the greatest barman in the world, his knowledge of corny jokes is legendary. His delight is in seeking out the most titillating local brews for his clientele.

Nadine’s passion for cooking is well-matched by Mike’s appetite. She has a wealth of culinary legacies to draw on and is always keen to show off her talents in the kitchen.


When we started this venture we had no experience of running a pub. We’ve learned the hard way, but we’re striving to create what we ourselves most appreciate in a country pub. Our overall ethos is simple: put the village pub back into the heart of the community by creating a welcoming, relaxed environment and focal hub. To this end we host a local pool team, and we are always keen to discuss accommodation arrangements with other local special interest groups, clubs or societies. We’re an easy-going establishment, family, pet and e-cigarette friendly.

  • Free house – interesting cask ales always available and selection changed weekly
  • A la carte menu (South African and Australian culinary influences)
  • Cater for groups and parties
  • Sun terrace
  • Child friendly – toy basket, crayons and colouring-in books, and a horizontal fold down baby change table
  • Pet friendly – dog treats and access to fresh water
  • Quiet corner – comfy sofa and books for those who like a quiet drink
  • Book selection
  • Pool, darts, cards, dominoes, Yahtzee and many other games
  • Special activities and events