The Plough Pub with rooms in Lupton, Cumbria

Prices from:
£110 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Civilised roadside inn
  • Warm hospitality; hands-on owner
  • Country-house style bedrooms
  • Big bathrooms with deep tubs
  • Feel-good food with punchy flavours
  • Perfect M6 stop-over; J36 4 miles
  • Great base for exploring Lakes & Dales

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The Plough Lupton, Cumbria, LA6 1PJ

The Personal Touch

The Plough at Lupton has the kind of pared-back authenticity that feels timeless. The interior has been opened up to create expansive spaces that still manage to have distinct cosy areas, with open fires and stoves to warm you through. It’s the sort of place where it’s all too easy to while away a few hours in front of the fire flicking through one of the daily papers they leave about the place (sipping on a pint of local ale of course). Owner, Paul Spencer, has a good eye for detail and has created a rustic and stylish pub that mixes informality with good levels of service. The six bedrooms reflect this contemporary style to a tee with their smart country feel, but not an iota of chintz. The food on offers fits the bill, too, with its focus on regional flavours and gentle modernity that sees classic combinations and preparations presented with flair. In an area rich with pretty villages and glorious walks to be had in not one but two national parks, the Plough is a singular place in a special setting.

Sticky Fingers

A family-friendly place, young people are more than welcome throughout the inn. But don’t expect ‘everything with chips’ or a fancy playground in the garden.

Muddy Paws

The Plough is the sort of inn that sticks loyally to its pub heritage and thus canines are welcome in the bar. And when it comes to stopping over, one of the bedrooms is dog friendly.


If you’ve spent all day on the fells or out and about in Dales, you might want to stay indoors (maybe by the fire), but if you’re still keen to soak up the rays, sit outside in the garden for a wee snifter or a full meal.

What’s On?

There is a lot going on at the Plough, with wine and cheese evenings and cookery master-classes occurring from time to time, plus regular evening such as steak night (Thursday) and two-course curry specials on a Wednesday.

What’s the Damage?
6 suites/doubles – £110 to £265

What Else?

  • All major cards accepted (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • Parking

AA 5 (Gold) Star Inn & 1 Rosette; Waitrose Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide


The Plough Lupton, Cumbria, LA6 1PJ

Do Not Disturb

Several of the distinctive bedrooms upstairs are suites, with separate sitting rooms or sitting areas, while one of them has an adjoining twin room making it ideal for families. With country charm and a contemporary lustre, they’re decorated in soothing pastel colours and some have original beams on show. There’s genuine warmth to the rooms, a homely touch with the likes of smart bedspreads and cushions on the generously sized beds. The bathrooms are rather special – spacious, contemporary and kitted out to the max. From under-floor heating to roll-top baths and monsoon showers, there’s a luxurious feel to the en suites, some of which are positively huge, but none of them are exactly small, and each and every one looks the business. Towels and bathrobes maintain the luxe feel, and posh toiletries come from the Cumbrian company, Bath House.

Creature Comforts

Bath House toiletries; roll-top baths.


Flatscreen TV; Roberts digital radio.

What’s for breakfast?

Full Cumbrian breakfast; eggs Benedict; freshly made waffles.

What’s the Damage?
6 suites/doubles – £110 to £265

What Else?

  • All major cards accepted (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • Parking

AA 5 (Gold) Star Inn & 1 Rosette; Waitrose Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide

Eat & Drink

The Plough Lupton, Cumbria, LA6 1PJ

Mastering the menu

Complementing the Plough’s credentials as a proper pub, lunch offers the option of hot sandwiches served with crisps and a side salad, or generous ploughman’s and fisherman’s boards aimed at sharing. But those sharing boards are on the main menu, too, which is available from midday to nine at night and extends to confit duck leg accompanied by braised red cabbage and sweet potato fondant, and 8oz Aberdeen Angus burger with Lancashire cheese and all the trimmings. A great amount of the ingredients come from local supply lines and, given the surrounding area is farming country, meat and game are a good bet. Daily specials enable instant reaction to seasonal variations, while Sunday’s slow-cooked beef topside is worth sticking around for. Fresh fish deliveries are courtesy of Neve Fleetwood, who have been operating out of the Lancashire port for decades. You can sit wherever takes your fancy, from the bar to the new look dining area with its French doors opening onto the garden, or nab a table in one of the several sheltered spaces outside. Chef Matt Adamson delivers punchy flavours in feel-good dishes that seem wholly appropriate in the setting.

On the menu

Homemade pork pie simply served with piccalilli and micro salad
Twice-baked goats’ cheese soufflé, poached apple and candied walnut salad
Slow-roasted aubergine braised with saffron, char-grilled Portobello mushroom, green tomato chutney, cardamom couscous, lime & mint yoghurt

Pan seared fillet of salmon, pak choi, roasted cauliflower, crushed new potatoes
White chocolate pistachio cake, pistachio puree, star anise white chocolate sauce & pistachio ice cream

Sunday Roasts

Traditional slow cooked roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and root vegetables, proper gravy

Foodie Extras

Spoiled for choice, with the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to choose from, the Plough is a walker’s paradise. From the pub, head up Farleton Knott with its footpaths and bike trails, and take in the magnificent view. And let the kitchen make up a picnic package so that you can ‘do your thing’.

Time to eat

Breakfast: until 11am
Lunch: 12 noon – 5pm
All day menu 12 noon – 9pm

Local, local, local

Game – Lupton shoot
Smoked and speciality products – Brougham Hall Foods, Penrith (
Tea and coffee – Farrer’s Tea & Coffee Merchant, Kendal (
Bread – Lovingly Artisan bakery, Oxenholme (

Behind the bar

As this Cumbrian pub borders Lancashire and Yorkshire, Paul chooses cask ales (up to four at any time) from the many great breweries in this neck of the woods. He picks a range to ensure variations of style, and it doesn’t get much more local than something from the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery just down the road. The same approach applies to soft drinks, with Mr Fitzpatrick’s cordials and juices from Lancashire, while Spirit of the Lakes premium products can transform the humble G&T into something with a truly local flavour. Wines come from Kendal merchant Frank Stainton, who has been immersed (almost literally) in the wine trade for decades, with the list containing some interesting stuff and plenty of options by the glass.

Bar snacks

Own-spiced nuts
Silver & Green olives
Cakes and scones from owner’s wife’s Bakery at No4 in Kendal

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
6 suites/doubles – £110 to £265

What Else?

  • All major cards accepted (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar/dining room
  • Parking

AA 5 (Gold) Star Inn & 1 Rosette; Waitrose Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide

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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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.


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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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: Easy access off A65 two miles east of M6 J36 and 4 miles west of Kirkby Lonsdale.


Crow Brow, Nr Kirkby Lonsdale, Lupton, Cumbria, LA6 1PJ

Room rates & booking


Red Magazine, August 2015,
‘Calling The Plough at Lupton a pub with rooms attached is like calling The Savoy a hotel with a bit of a name for itself. The Plough is in the heart of Cumbria’s hilly landscapes, on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Settings don’t come much prettier. Yes, it’s on the edge of a main-ish road, but the views are 100% rural idyll. If the rooms are fabulous (with the seriously swanky bathroom in the Torsin suite worth a special mention), the downstairs pub and restaurant are just as appealing, with a fine selection of wines and ales and good, well-priced country pub-style food on offer. The only downside? Getting in on weekends can be very tricky indeed…’

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