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Punch Bowl Inn

Crosthwaite, Kendal (Nr.), Cumbria, LA8 8HR
An excellent gastro-pub with rooms.

Although it has a 'smartened up' an olde-worlde atmosphere that was already excellent, this has been done in an excellent and sympathetic manner - so no new visitor would know anything had changed. As well as the village local, there is a comfortable restaurant, for which, the kitchen uses carefully-sourced produce whenever possible.

Expect the likes of 'Diver-caught, seared Scallops, roasted Tomato Fondue and Lemon pan Juices' ; 'Mini Steak and Kidney Pie with Crispy Potatoes'; Foie Gras Parfait with Ginger Beer Jelly and toasted Chocolate Bread' and 'Baked Cumbrian Cheddar Cheese and Spring Onion Souffl, Wilted Spinach and Parmesan Cream ' among the starters.

Maybe 'Pumpkin, Parmesan & Sage Risotto'; 'Slow Cooked Belly Pork with Confit Root Vegetables and Apple Jus'; 'Noisettes of Herdwick Lamb with Wild Mushroom Braised Leeks and Minted Pea Pure' and 'Steamed Sea Bream, Samphire and Prawn Broth, Sweet Potato Mash' among the mains.

Finish with the likes of ' Apple Crème Brulée with a Granny Smith Sorbet and Blackberry Compote'; 'Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Chocolate Fondant with Blackberry Sorbet' or some excellent cheeses from Neal's Yard Dairy (q.v.).

Service is both friendly and knowledgeable.
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
  • Lunch: all week 12.00-21.00; mains about £9 to £12; set L Mon-Fri £12.95 (2 courses), £15.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £17.95; a bar menu is also available
  • Dinner: all week 12.00-21.00; mains about £15 to £20; a bar menu is also available
  • Seats: 80, plus 40 outside
  • Wine: an interesting list offers good value and kicks off in the low £20's
  • Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
  • Nearest station: Kendal Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Parking: Yes
  • Closed: check Christmas openings
  • Outside eating
  • Rooms available

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Contact Details

Tel: 01539- 568237
Address: Crosthwaite, Kendal (Nr.), Cumbria, LA8 8HR
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