The Royal Hotel Pub with rooms in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Georgian inn overlooking The Square
  • Refurbished in period style
  • Crowd-pleasing pub/brasserie menu
  • Quirky, opulent bedrooms
  • Tricky parking; use town car parks
  • Great base for Lakes & Dales

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor Pursuits15 Minutes from the Motorway

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The Royal Hotel Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AE

Please note you cannot use an Inn Places Gift Card when booking this inn

The personal touch

Overlooking the Market Square in the small, bustling town of Kirkby Lonsdale in the pretty Lune Valley, the Royal thrives as community hub and as an elegant place to stay – it’s a good base for exploring both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Niche hospitality group James’ Places rescued and sympathetically restored this striking, three-story Georgian townhouse to its former glory in 2010. Period features abound and the fabrics and furnishings reflect the history and age of the building. Step inside to find a grand sweeping staircase that leads to the 14 uniquely decorated bedrooms. Order afternoon tea and settle into the Snug, a cosy room with leather sofas and armchairs, half-panelled walls, antique furnishings, original cast-iron fireplace with open log fires, and the daily papers to peruse. Across the hall is lounge with informally laid up tables for dining and beyond is the spacious, light and airy bar with its lofty ceiling, wood floor, wicker chairs, potted plants and walls lined with an eclectic collection of prints and grand gilt mirrors. Through leaded windows you can view the interesting shops across the square and watch the world go by with a coffee or a pint of Bowland Bitter. The glass bead globe lamps in the bar make a memorable statement.

Sticky fingers

Families are made very welcome; small children have their own menu and two rooms can sleep four people.

Muddy paws

Dog owners will love the Royal – your canine friend is allowed in the bar and overnight in all the rooms (£10 per night).


Outside seating is limited to a few pavement benches and tables and chairs due to the town centre location.


What’s the damage?

14 doubles: £95-£215

What else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • No Parking: limited to pay & display car parks



The Royal Hotel Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AE

Do not disturb

Accessed via a splendid curved staircase lit by an impressive chandelier, the 14 individually styled bedrooms ramble across two floors and the bold, elegant and somewhat quirky décor reflect the period of the building. All are distinctly different and furnished to a high standard with a ‘boudoir’ feel. Expect opulent wallpapers and grand French-style furnishings, including mirrored tables, silver painted wardrobes, gilt mirrors, big rattan, carved and modern wooden four-poster beds, thick, deep-coloured carpets and rich fabrics, and a palette of silver, grey and aubergine and mellow gold. Bathrooms are big and bold with slate floors, swish tiling, spacious walk-in rain showers and L’Occitane soaps and lotions. The biggest and best are the suites – Room 11 has a timbered ceiling and roll-top bath in the room; light and airy Room 2 has a slipper bath and views over the Market Square; Room 9 is a superior double with rattan bed and three windows overlooking the Square. The Dowager Queen Adelaide slept at what was then the Rose & Crown Inn in 1840, an auspicious occasion which subsequently led to the building’s change of name to the Royal Hotel.


What’s the damage?

14 doubles: £95-£215

What else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • No Parking: limited to pay & display car parks


Eat & Drink

The Royal Hotel Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AE

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£9.50; Main Courses: £12.50-£22.95; Desserts £6.75-£8.50; Sunday lunch 2-courses £17.95; 3 courses £21.95)

As befits the relaxed and informal feel of the bar and brasserie, the menu is a real crowd-pleaser and rather making a culinary statement, it offers good, satisfying and freshly prepared pub food to suit all tastes and appetites, although the seasonal brasserie menu features more imaginative modern dishes. Typically, this could include seared scallops with butternut puree and chorizo and beef entrecote with black truffle puree, fondant potato, roasted carrots, oxtail spring roll and red wine jus. The bar menu features traditional classics like fish and chips, hot open beef, caramelised red onion and pancetta sandwiches, sharing fish and ploughman’s platters, salads and artisan pizzas. Arrive early to enjoy afternoon tea (£13.50) with a selection of sandwiches and cakes to tuck into. To quaff, you’ll find the excellent local real ales from Bowland, Hesket Newmarket and Hawkshead breweries, Aspalls Cider, and a short, global list of wines from respected wine merchant D. Byrne Fine Wines of Clitheroe, and all 24 wines are available by the glass.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (4pm Saturday & Sunday)

Afternoon tea & light bites: 2pm-5pm

Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

14 doubles: £95-£215

What else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • No Parking: limited to pay & display car parks


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 –

1 Inn Location - The Royal Hotel


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.


Askham Hall Gardens & Café, Penrith CA10 2HH

Historic building and fascinating flower and kitchen gardens that have been restored to their former glory and magnificence. Now a restaurant with rooms, it has a very special café that draws on the Lowther Estate's wide range of organic and rare breed produce.


The Fenwick Arms Lancaster Road, Claughton LA2 9LA

Smartly refurbished by the Neve family of Fleetwood fish merchants and specialising is fresh fish and and seafood, the timbered Fenwick Arms stands in the lower Lune valley only a few miles from Lancaster.


Bashall Food Barn, Clitheroe BB7 3LQ

You can easily spend half a day in this impressive, contemporary shop and restaurant - it's impossible to leave without local, home made produce which includes cakes, preserves and ready-meals. Treat yourself to a good lunch in the modern, airy cafe.


D.Byrne & Co Wine Merchants, Clitheroe BB7 2EP

In the family for over 130 years, this fabulous Victorian shop is one of the countries best independent wine merchants. Their selection of wines, stacked floor to ceiling in the labyrinth of rooms is formidable, but they also have a staggering collection of specialist spirits. The Byrnes - great grandsons of the founder - are immensely knowledgeable and completely approachable.


The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe BB7 9DF

Steven Smith continues his inevitable journey to stardom in this comfortable, stylish, smart country inn in pretty Wiswell. Expect accessible fine dining and a menu that exemplifies the local/seasonal mantra from a kitchen posse who really seem to care; the Herdwick lamb, roast rack and belly, black olive, roast Cevennes onion and Haggis Shepherd's pie nails it. You'll have a truly memorable meal.


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.


Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop, Clitheroe, BB7 2BT

Cowman's has been a butchers for over 100 years and current owner Cliff Cowburn started working there aged 12, before taking over the business from his dad, Ted, in 1982. Cliff creates 76 varieties of award-winning sausages and cooked samples are available on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Royal Hotel



Fishing, Forest of Bowland BB7 4QF

The Forest of Bowland has four of the region's loveliest rivers - the Ribble, Hodder, Wyre and Lune - yielding game fish, including salmon and sea trout. Fisheries include Stocks Reservoir



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.

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.


Morecambe Maritime Museum LA1 1RB

As well as all the absorbing stories and statistics, learn about the devastating effects of Morecambe Bay's treacherous tides over the centuries.


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

Walking is one of the top activities in the Lakes and on the Plough’s doorstep are two of Britain’s most popular national parks – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. To the east the Dales are bisected by the Pennine Way, Britain’s first long-distance national trail, while to the south, the Forest of Bowland puts the accent very much of rugged grandeur and solitude. 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. The Forest of Bowland is also perfect for cycling or try Gisburn in the south-east corner for mountain bike trails. The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway extends for 130 miles and is a circular route taking in most of the main Dales and can be divided in bite-size chunks.

Getting there

Location, location, location

By Road: Kirkby Lonsdale is located on the A65, 7 miles east of the M6 (J36).

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Oxenholme near Kendal, a 20-minute taxi ride away from Kirkby Lonsdale


Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6 2AE

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