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The Punch Bowl Inn - Pub in Cumbria

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Crosthwaite, Kendal, LA8 8HR, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

Claudio Onofrei
+44 (0)1539 568237(landline)

A townie’s dream of what a remote country pub should be - a clipped elegance runs throughout and you dine by real fires on Cumbrian lamb

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You're away from Lake Windermere in a small village encircled by a tangle of lanes that defeat most tourists. A church stands next door; the odd bride ambles out in summer, bell ringers practise on Friday mornings. But while the Punch Bowl sits in a sleepy village lost to the world – and doubles up as the post office – it is actually a seriously fancy inn. It was rescued from neglect and after a top-to-toe renovation it now sparkles. Outside, honeysuckle climbs on old stone walls, inside four fires keep you warm in winter. A clipped elegance runs throughout: leather sofas in a beamed sitting room, candles in vases on dining room tables. Head chef Alex Beard works wonders with the likes of pan fried scallops or Lancashire cheese soufflé, slow cooked pork belly or crispy cauliflower, then banana and passion fruit soufflé or the Punchbowl lemon tart.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Guest feedback
"Really nice rooms, excellent food, friendly and efficient staff, not overpriced, lovely location."

Roger - Manchester, United Kingdom

October 2016

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Lunch from £5. Dinner, 3 courses, £30-£35.


Open all day.


Crosthwaite, Kendal, LA8 8HR, Cumbria


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