Keeping it in the family. The Blacksmiths Arms will make you feel at home.

In 1997 Don Jackson and his wife Emma took over the Blacksmiths Arms in the pretty village of Talkin just outside of Brampton.  It was a steep learning curve for the couple who had no experience in the industry.  21 years later and the traditional country-inn can rightly claim to be a real family-affair as three generations have come together to to make the Blacksmith Arms what it is.

Whether they’re tending the bar or staffing the kitchens you can be sure that one of the Jacksons has had a hand in keeping your drinks full, your family fed or the log fire in the bar stoked on those cold winter days.

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“We’ve really enjoyed it our time in Talkin.” said Don  “It’s been very rewarding and I feel very lucky to have worked so closely with my wife, my children and now my Granddaughter.  I’m not ready to retire just yet but when I do I’m happy the Blacksmiths will stay in the family.”

The Blacksmiths Arms sneaks, only just, into the North Pennines National Park, it’s a short hop from Brampton and even closer to the tarn that bears its name.  At the heart of the village is the Blacksmiths Arms.  Popular with tourist and locals alike, the Inn welcomes people from near and far, not least, weary cyclists making their way along the John O’Groats to Lands End bike route.

During the Jacksons time at the Inn they have revamped the ensuites and modernised all the eight rooms. Three rooms are located on the ground floor which makes them suitable for anyone with access requirements.  The restaurant and bar are open for lunch and dinner and they dish out all the homely and traditional fayre you would expect.  There’s a weekly specials board that offer more exotic dishes for anyone looking for something a bit different.

The bar always has four cask ales on tap at any given time, two from Cumbria and two from further afield.

Don looks back on the past two decades with great pride “We’ve been kept very busy but in this changing world we’re very happy to remain a traditional inn.  There’s no television in the bars and there’s a roaring log fire in the lounge.  We’re family run and family friendly.”

For bookings please call  01697 742111 or 01697 73452


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