The Punch Bowl Inn Pub with rooms in Crosthwaite, Cumbria

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£110 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Sublime Cumbrian bolthole
  • Gorgeous location; stunning views
  • Young Arthur’s a whizz in the kitchen
  • In love – book the Noble room..!
  • Wonderful walks from the door

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The Punch Bowl Inn Crosthwaite, Cumbria, L48 8HR

The personal touch

Richard Rose’s handsomely renovated, rambling stone building sits back from the road between Kendal and nowhere, overlooking the stunningly lush Lyth Valley, alongside pretty St Mary’s church. He couldn’t have found a better-located Cumbrian inn to transform into a chic rural bolthole for city weary folk, where invigorating fell walks radiate from the front door. This part of the Lake District is gentle and rolling, and the tranquil vibe is continued inside, where it’s bliss to lounge in leather sofas with the newspaper and a pint or two of Tag Lag from Barngates microbrewery. Flawlessly chalked boards list young Arthur’s delicious food and a raft of wines by the glass. Depending on your mood, eat in the cosy bar, the slightly more formal dining room with its contemporary leather chairs, gleaming old oak floors and fine 18th-century stone fireplace, or indeed outside when the uncertainties of a northern English summer allow. The nine bedrooms are individually designed, but all are equipped with retro Roberts radios, rich fabrics and furnishings, soothing Farrow & Ball colours, roll-top baths and separate power showers. Book Noble, an impressive suite with twin baths enjoying wonderful views down the valley.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the bar dining area pub but not in the restaurant; smaller portions of dishes are available. They can stay overnight but only two rooms can accommodate Z beds – £25 per night

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar only


Arrive early on warm days to bag one of the teak tables and chairs on the attractive tiered front terrace

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles: £110-£310

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining room (seats 12)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • Parking

AA 5 (Gold) Star Inn & 2 Rosettes; Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide; Good Pub Guide Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year 2018


The Punch Bowl Inn Crosthwaite, Cumbria, L48 8HR

Do Not Disturb

The nine peaceful rooms are named after former vicars at St Mary’s Church next door; all are beautifully refurbished with some enjoying stunning views down the Lyth Valley. They have country cottage or country-house feel, depending on size, with rich fabrics, deep sofas or easy chairs, antique furnishings, the best beds, linen and duvets, warm Farrow & Ball hues, and tasteful lamps, Roberts radios and fresh flowers. Old beams maintain an air of rural history and big bathrooms are bang up-to-date with heating limestone floors, posh toiletries, walk-in monsoon showers and roll-top baths. Noble is an impressive suite occupying the whole third floor, its twin baths (for couples who are truly inseparable) enjoying fabulous valley views.

Creature Comforts

Tea, coffee, biscuits and other drinks are provided at any time on request


Smart TVs; Roberts radios

What’s for breakfast?

Always the best fruit, local yoghurt and homemade breads. Plenty of choice of hot dishes but make sure you enjoy the local bacon and Cartmel Valley sausages plus local free range eggs any way.

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles: £110-£310

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining room (seats 12)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • Parking

AA 5 (Gold) Star Inn & 2 Rosettes; Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide; Good Pub Guide Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year 2018

Eat & Drink

The Punch Bowl Inn Crosthwaite, Cumbria, L48 8HR

Mastering the menu

At just 21-years-old, head chef Arthur Bridgeman Quin is truly cooking up a storm in the kitchen, not only impressing Punch Bowl regulars and residents, but has gained huge respect locally in Cumbria and further field, having been shortlisted for various Young Chef of the Year Awards. A talented young chef with great technical ability and sound kitchen management skills, he makes good use of top-notch local and seasonal ingredients and delivers well-executed modern British dishes, which are listed on an imaginative monthly carte and a daily-changing chalkboard. From an autumn carte, perhaps follow carrot and cardamom soup, served with coriander pesto, with Cumbrian venison loin served with red cabbage, chou farci, dauphinoise potato and damson jus, leaving room for blackberry soufflé with blackberry sauce. However, if you’re just peckish, then you can tuck into some classic pub food at lunchtime too – beef cheek and horseradish mash; pork terrine and pickles; smoked salmon and cream cheese open sandwich.

On the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£10.50; Main Courses: £14.95-£24; Desserts £6.95)

Twice-baked Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese soufflé, wilted spinach; scallops & dressed Cumbrian Crab, summer vegetables, chicken consommé

Rabbit & Parma ham ballontine, confit leg, tarragon jus; Cumbrian lamb loin, mint sauce, lamb shoulder & carrot tart, hassleback potatoes, lamb jus

Lemon tart, damson sorbet; chocolate & banana mousse, peanut, toffee ice cream

Lunchtime menu


Potted Morecambe Bay shrimps; crab risotto; smoked haddock, champ mash, poached egg, mustard sauce; beef & horseradish open sandwich; ale battered fish & chips; Cumbrian sirloin steak, St Emillion sauce

Foodie Extras

Look out for the occasional monthly events, perhaps a week in November celebrating the Lyth Valley produce, or one of the wine tasting dinners with Sam Jarry from Black Hand Wine in Penrith.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8.30am – 9.45am
Lunch: 12 noon – 4pm

Afternoon tea: 4pm – 5.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Local, local, local

Meat – Udales Speciality Foods, Morecambe, Lancashire

Fruit & vegetables – McClure’s, Windermere

Cheese – The Courtyard Dairy, Settle

Bread – made by Aiden from Lovingly Artisan Bakery, Oxenholme

Game & seafood – Cartmel Valley Game, Cartmel

Local allotments, owner’s farm & foraged Lyth Valley fruits and herbs

Beer – Barngates Brewery, Ambleside; Coniston Brewery

Wines – Stainton Wines, Kendal and Lakeland Vintners, Staveley.

Lyth Valley – The immediate area and Richard’s own farm produce fresh veg, herbs and fruit.

Behind the bar

The two handpumps on the long, slate-topped bar dispense tip-top ales from local micro-breweries, with Bowness Bay Swan Blonde perhaps accompanying the regular Tag Lag beer from Barngates Brewery near Ambleside. Also on the top-drawer quaffing list are several boutique gins, 15 malt whiskies, a good range of premium soft drinks and minerals, and a particularly fine list of wines (18 by the glass) that features some gems from smaller ‘artisan’ wine producers.

Time at the bar

11.30am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles: £110-£310

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining room (seats 12)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • Parking

AA 5 (Gold) Star Inn & 2 Rosettes; Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide; Good Pub Guide Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year 2018

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Farrer's Tea and Coffee House, 13 Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4LY

From 1819, when John Farrer started a family business of specialist tea and coffee merchant at Stricklandgate, the tantalizing aroma of roasting coffee became a feature of daily life in the market town of Kendal. Visit the tearoom to sample the great range of teas and coffees available while enjoying fresh cakes and maybe an exhibition of local art.


Kendal Farmers' Market, Market Place, Kendal LA9 4TP

Kendal Farmers Market is held in the Market Place in Kendal on the last Friday in each month from 9:30 to 3:30pm.


Stainton Wines, 1 Station Yard, Kendal LA9 6BT

Feisty, independent, opinionated and honest is the best way to sum up Frank Stainton’s approach to his business. Beginning in 1984, the overriding quest has been to source, import and sell the most characterful and interesting wines at every price point. “Our £7 bottle of wine will be the best value £7 wine on the market”


Courtyard Dairy, The Courtyard, A65, Settle BD24 9JY

Award-winning affineur Andy Swinscoe might look like a teenager but his knowledge of cheese is epic. His enthusiasm is completely infectious and of course you can try before you buy. The range is enormous and includes the likes of Stichelton, Tunworth Camembert, Hafod Cheddar and of course a fabulous variety of Yorkshire cheeses.


Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2HG

On the banks of the River Lune and a short drive from Lupton, Kirkby Lonsdale has picturesque alleys and cobbled courtyards, traditional food shops and fashion and home decor outlets. The street names add to the charm - Jingling Lane and Salt Pie Lane among them.

Out & About

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Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding Pier House CA11 0US

The Ullswater Steamers have been sailing on ‘England’s most beautiful lake’ since 1859 – take a one or two hour cruise along the lakeside, with the dramatic backdrop of Helvellyn and the stunning fells.


Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RD

The only wildlife park in this part of Cumbria, the emphasis here is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors. Take a stroll and see more than 1,000 species – from anaconda to zebra.


Keswick Climbing Wall, Goosewell Farm, Keswick CA12 4RN

There’s something here for all ages – including indoor climbing, bouldering and archery throughout the year. Climbing lessons are available and experienced climbers have an excellent range of challenges to confront them. One bonus is that the climbing wall represents a perfect alternative if wet outside.



Settle BD24 9EJ

The North Yorkshire town of Settle has been described as a department store in the Dales, a pretty apt description considering the place is packed with independent shops brimming with character and personality. There's also a traditional weekly market


Kendal LA9 4BH

Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, is full of local produce retailers, independent shops, indoor and outdoor markets and a host of chocolate houses and specialist food shops. Wainwright's Yard is great for all kinds of shopping.


Ambleside LA22 9BS

The streets in this little Lakeland town are busy for much of the year. There’s a great choice of craft, gift and gallery shops to be found as well as coffee shops and bistro-style restaurants.


Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2HG

On the banks of the River Lune and a short drive from Lupton, Kirkby Lonsdale has picturesque alleys and cobbled courtyards, traditional food shops and fashion and home décor outlets. The street names add to the charm – Jingling Lane and Salt Pie Lane among them.


Special Expressions, 34 Main St, Keswick CA12 5JD

Established in 2001, Special Expressions retails Harry Mason designer jewellery at various shows, fairs and events around the UK. Special Expressions specialises in distinctive and desirable designs.



Predictably, the streets of this delightful little Lakeland town are busy for much of the year, but what is surprising is the great choice of craft, gift and gallery shops to be found here. Expect, too, plenty of coffee shops and bistro-style restaurants.


Rheged Centre, Redhills CA11 0DQ

This is Europe’s largest grass covered building – it’s a dramatic, contemporary setting for exhibitions, talks and workshops and an Imax screen showing films. A Foodhall, café and great shops here too, selling hand made chocolates, arts & crafts, books, and outdoor clothing.

Places to visit


Settle to Carlisle Railway BD24 9EJ

More like a cleverly designed visitor attraction than a vital lifeline serving countless communities in the wilds of Cumbria and North Yorkshire, the Settle-Carlisle Railway offers a constant backdrop of fells and moorland. Make a day of it and jump off at any number of stops en route.


Leighton Hall, Carnforth LA5 9ST

Designated by English heritage as a rare Grade II listed building, Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, was rebuilt in the Adam style in the mid-18th century. There's much to see here, including the magnificent Hall itself, attractive gardens and parkland.


Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF

The National Trust describes Hill Top, on the banks of Lake Windermere, as a Beatrix Potter time capsule. It's a wonderful experience as you step back in time to 1914. The garden is also a great attraction, with its flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables.


The Lake District

This most famous of national parks is packed with visitor attractions, historic houses, quaint towns, pretty villages and, of course, some of the most stunning natural scenery in the UK. Much of southern Lakeland is easily accessible from Lupton - among the best known are Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.


Sizergh Castle & Garden, Sizergh, Kendal, LA8 8AE

A family home near Kendal that represents 700 years of history. Still occupied by the Strickland family, Sizergh has a wealth of tales to tell. Take time to explore the garden and the 1,600-acre estate.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre LA5 9TR

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre and the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room opened in 2003 following major restoration, but the site's greatest claim to fame is the part it played in David Lean's film Brief Encounter, shot on location here in 1945


Leighton Hall LA5 9ST

Designated by English Heritage as a Grade II-listed building, Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, was rebuilt in the Adam style during the middle years of the 18th century. There's plenty to see here, including attractive gardens and rolling parkland. Famous as the home of the Gillow furniture family.


Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB

Historic country house and gardens near Ullswater. Described as one of the most beautiful stately homes in the north west, the pink stone of its Georgian façade glows wonderfully in the Lakeland sunshine. Dalemain includes an extensive award-winning garden with plants including a Greek fir.


Rydal Mount, Ambleside LA22 9LU

Rydal Mount can be reached on foot from nearby Ambleside, making it the focal point of a manageable and very attractive Lakeland walk. William Wordsworth and his family moved to Rydal Mount in 1813. With its 4-acre garden and charming setting on the banks of Rydal Water, the house suited Wordsworth perfectly.


Stagshaw Garden, Ambleside Road, Ambleside LA22 0HE

Covering about 8 acres, this woodland garden, near Ambleside, is owned by the National Trust. There are winding paths and a wide variety of shrubs, trees and plants, including rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.

Walking is one of the top activities in the Lakes and on the  doorstep of the Punch Bowl Inn are some great walks.  Or, for an unforgettable experience, book a guided walk across nearby Morecambe Bay, one of the region’s walking highlights.

The Lake District has an assortment of challenging off-road mountain trails, gentler country lanes and classic cross-country routes.

Getting there

Location, location, location

By Road: M6 junction 36 follow A590 towards Kendal, then signed Barrow. Then take A5074 towards Windermere, turn right for Crosthwaite in 5 miles. Pub at east end of village beside church

By Rail: Nearest station is Kendal (5 miles) – 3 hours from London Euston


, Crosthwaite, Cumbria, L48 8HR

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