The House at Temple Sowerby

Penrith, Cumbria

‘This will become our stop-over of choice on the way to west Scotland. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘This will become our stop-over of choice on the way to west Scotland.’ A full entry this year for Alison and Andi Sambrook’s ‘small, unpretentious hotel’ opposite the green in a village bypassed by the A66. It occupies ‘an 18th-century house with a 19th-century frontage’. Trusted readers received a ‘friendly welcome’ from the owners, who gave them a tour of the ground floor and carried up their bags. Bedrooms are traditionally styled. The larger ones, in main house and coach house, have an air-spa bath or walk-in hydrotherapy shower. The best are more contemporary with a super-king-size bed, an espresso machine. In the restaurant, Jack Bradley’s short (some think too short) menus are long on ambition and include ‘unusual ingredients’. For instance, silver hake, peas, potted Morecambe Bay shrimp, wood sorrel, puréed common sorrel, smoked hazelnut, all ‘prepared with flair and great attention’. ‘Guineafowl, halibut and hake were all very good with varied accompaniments, many new to me (hung yogurt??).’ Breakfast brings ‘softly textured scrambled egg, home-grown smoothies, granola’. ‘They also do a very good packed lunch.’ (Frances M Thomas, Robert Gower, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Temple Sowerby
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 1RZ
England

Telephone

017683 61578

Bedrooms

12. 2 on ground floor, 4 in coach house.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, conference/function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1½-acre walled garden, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘carefully chosen’ music in restaurant in the evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in coach house rooms only (not unattended).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £100–£190, D,B&B £140–£270. Set dinner £35–£45.

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