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. ‘Always a favourite,’ declares one reader, ‘with lots of atmosphere.’ Locals come to sip real ales at the bar, but the food is the star attraction, whether eaten in the slate-floored and beamed bar area with toasty log-burner, the more formal dining room, or outside on the terrace overlooking the neighbouring church. Dishes from new head chef Alex Beard (formerly of the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn, Bray) might include prawn tempura with avocado and wasabi dip, duck breast with blood orange brûlée and the signature lemon tart with damson sorbet. No two bedrooms are alike, though they share a contemporary-country style of pale-wash colours, thick carpets and vintage or solid-oak furniture. Many have beams, low windows and valley views; all have an ‘inviting’ bathroom with tongue-and-groove panelling, roll-top bath and under-floor heating. ‘Efficient and cheerful’ staff welcome arriving guests with home-made scones and tea. (S and KT)

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), 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 £125–£320. 
À la carte £35. 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