Good Hotel Guide Review
In ‘one of the prettiest villages in south Lakeland’, Richard Rose’s former 18th-century coaching inn is firmly on Cumbria’s culinary map. In late 2018 the talented Arthur Bridgeman Quin headed to France for a sabbatical – the prize for winning the annual William Heptinstall Award for young chefs. The Punch Bowl kitchen continued to uphold his ‘keep it simple’ values and respect for local produce. As we go to press, Simon Hill is slated to arrive from Andrew Pern’s Michelin-starred kitchen at The Star Inn, Harome (see entry): expect a twist on modern classics, and great things. Meanwhile, plans are afoot for a new venture with Arthur (be excited). This is a lovely old pub with ‘lots of atmosphere’, especially in the front room with log-burner. Bedrooms, each named after a past vicar of neighbouring St Mary’s parish church, some with views of the Lyth valley, are high spec, with heated limestone bathroom floor, free-standing bath (two baths in top-storey Noble, under the eaves) and power shower. Two rooms have a four-poster built from reclaimed elm. Danson has gnarly oak beams, a small fireplace. After breakfast, hikers pick up their Wainwright and walk. (S and KT, DP)
bar, bar dining area, restaurant, free Wi-Fi i, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2 terraces, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bar only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £110–£345. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings usually refused 25 Dec, 31 Dec.