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Is The Quiet Bar the best campsite bar in Britain?

16th August 2012 Print
The Quiet Bar at The Quiet Site, Cumbria

An independent Cumbrian holiday park has thrown down the gauntlet to its competitors, by suggesting that it has the best campsite bar in Britain!

The Quiet Site, located at Watermillock near Ullswater in the Lake District, says it believes is own Quiet Bar to be the most unique and atmospheric pub to be found by any camper.

The Quiet Bar is located in a building dating back to 1648, when it was an agricultural barn built in the Cumbrian Long Barn style and attached to the farmhouse. It was rebuilt in 1752 and converted into a bar in the 1950s.

Despite being large in size, The Quiet Bar is always snug, thanks to Scandinavian levels of thermal insulation in a new Westmorland roof, which shows its owners’ commitment to energy saving wherever possible. The bar has a new sandstone floor and carbon neutral heating. It also has a roaring log fire, so despite being open on the site all year round, is never chilly.

The facilities within the bar are also superb. The upper level houses a playroom for younger children, comprising playhouse and soft play area. For older children and adults, there is a pool table and, adjacent to the bar, another games room which houses table football, air hockey, table tennis and a TV room.

The ambience is maintained through the use of authentic and rustic ornaments and decoration elements in the main room, ensuring bar visitors always remember they are out in the country.

Any bar claiming to be best in Britain should be serving good ale and The Quiet Bar not only serves a range of beers from the local Tirril Brewery, including ‘Red Barn Ale’, ‘Academy Ale’ and ‘Wainwright Knew My Father’ but also has its own brew – The Quiet Pint. All are perfect for anyone who has been out walking the beautiful fells all around The Quiet Site.

The bar can host a wide variety of social events and is available on a private hire basis. From day to day, however, the campsite visitors are its greatest fans, finding it the perfect place in which to unwind, play or share tales of exploration around Lake Ullswater.

The Quiet Site’s owner, Daniel Holder, says: “We think The Quiet Bar is worth shouting about, as it really is quietly unique and our visitors say they have never seen anything of its standard on an independent campsite. We thought we would throw down the gauntlet and find out what else is out there and how it matches up. Hopefully, our visitors will be proved right!”

The Quiet Bar is just one element of a park that welcome campers, caravanners, and mobile home owners and which has timber-framed Lakeland camping pods for hire. It is Cumbria Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism award winner for 2012 and has a prestigious GTBS gold grading for its environmental practices. More details about The Quiet Site can be found at

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The Quiet Bar at The Quiet Site, Cumbria