The Punch Bowl Inn

Crosthwaite, Cumbria

In a quietly beautiful area of the Lake District – the lovely Lyth valley – this smart village inn has a deserved reputation for good food and cosseting bedrooms. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a quietly beautiful area of the Lake District – the lovely Lyth valley – this smart village inn has a deserved reputation for good food and cosseting bedrooms. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it’s more foodie than drinkers’ pub (with much produce from their village farm), though the bar stocks local ales as well as champagne by the glass. New chef Aaron Lawrence (formerly of the Lake District’s Michelin-starred Gilpin Hotel) offers dishes such as local lamb with fondant potato and onion purée, and herb-crusted halibut with sauté leeks. Lemon tart with local damson sorbet is a favourite. Eat in the atmospheric slate-floored and beamed bar with toasty log-burner, the more formal dining room or outside on the terrace overlooking the neighbouring church. Contemporary country bedrooms are pleasingly different – some with beams, others with valley views – though all offer rich carpets and curtains, pale-wash colours and vintage or solid-oak furniture. Inviting bathrooms have tongue-and-groove panelling, roll-top baths and under-floor heating. ‘Cheerful and friendly’ staff welcome guests with home-made scones and tea.

Hotel details

Address

Crosthwaite
Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 8HR
England

Telephone

01539 568237

Bedrooms

9.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, bar dining area, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), EV charging, civil wedding licence, 2 terraces, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-12s extra bed £25, children's menu.

Dogs

allowed in bar only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £160, singles from £140. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings usually refused 25 Dec, 31 Dec.

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Comments about The Punch Bowl Inn

Lots of atmosphere, particularly in the front room with wood-burning stove. It is in one of the prettiest villages in south Lakeland. Great young chef with good ideas though occasionally a little over elaborate. - Stephanie Thompson and Keith Sutton - January 2018
The rooms are comfortable and reasonably priced, the staff are efficient, cheerful and friendly, and the food standards, already high, continue to improve. - David Peel - September 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide