You know what you want from a Lake District pub: roaring fires, good beer, hearty food and a blind eye turned to muddy dogs and boots. Here are our readers’ favourites, including some lesser-known gems
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In the un-touristy and stunning south Lakes, Great Urswick is a sleepy, pretty village, with whitewashed cottages and a tarn complete with ducks, and this pub is a cracker. Roaring fires, flagged floors and cosy snugs, well-kept beer and a menu that might surprise you. Chef/owner Craig Sherrington is doing clever things with local produce (expect sea bass, mackerel and rabbit) in an innovative but unpretentious way.
01229 586394, generalburgoyne.com
As the Venice Biennale of Architecture kicks off today, we head to Cannaregio and discover a neighbourhood largely unchanged by the city’s tourist hordes. Its bars, restaurants and shops are great places to taste local life
Despite the daily invasion of tourists that flood Venice, some neighbourhoods retain a down-to-earth village feeling, where there are still butchers and bakers rather than mask and glass shops. In the residential quarter around the Ormesini and Sensa canals at the northern end of Cannaregio you can still enjoy a real slice of genuine Venetian life. Here are 10 of the best bars, restaurants and shops to check out.