The Punch Bowl Inn

Kendal, Cumbria

In ‘one of the prettiest villages in south Lakeland’, Richard Rose’s former 18th-century coaching inn is firmly on Cumbria’s culinary map. More

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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)

Hotel details

Address

Crosthwaite
Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 8HR
England

Telephone

015395 68237

Bedrooms

9.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bar only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £110–£345. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings usually refused 25 Dec, 31 Dec.

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