Tiny Cumbria island that only has three houses, a pub and and castle

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To quench your thirst, head to the historic pub the Ship Inn, that’s been serving punters for over 300 years.

Make sure to look out for the current landlord, who holds the title of ‘King of Piel Island’ originating from Lambert Simnel who attempted to take over the English throne.

Reopening under new management for the first time since 2019 earlier this month, Ship Inn serves a range of local ales, spirits and pub grub.

The infamous waterhole almost permanently closed until the Piel Island Pub Co stepped in to take on the iconic venue.

Kirsty Ridge, a director of Piel Island Pub Co and the managing director of Cumbrian pub chain Lakeland Inns, said: “This project is certainly different compared to my other pubs, but it has been really exciting and a challenge we have all enjoyed.

“There’s been obstacles we have had to clear and there’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes, but it’s all been made worthwhile when you see the reaction from locals and visitors who appreciate what we have done.

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