The Punch Bowl Inn

Kendal, Cumbria

Chic rooms, fabulous food and a lovely position lost in the hills make this Lakeland inn hard to resist - bring your walking boots


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


This gorgeous inn is hard to beat. You’re in the hills above Windermere in a pretty village encircled by lanes that defeat most tourists. It’s deeply rural with ten-mile views down the valley and a church next door; there’s a bench to drink in the view, bell ringers practise on Friday mornings, the occasional bride glides out in summer. As for the Punch Bowl, it was rescued from neglect, renovated beautifully, and now sparkles, a stylish mix of old and new. Outside, honeysuckle and roses ramble on stone walls. Inside, rustic elegance runs throughout: Farrow & Ball colours, rugs on wood floors, sofas in front of the wood-burner. Arthur Bridgeman Quin’s ambrosial food is a big draw, perhaps Lancashire cheese soufflé, Cumbrian venison with smoked beetroot, banana soufflé with vanilla ice cream. Chic bedrooms hit the spot, with beautiful linen, pretty fabrics and Roberts radios. Excellent bathrooms have double-ended baths, separate showers and white robes. Four have the view, the suite is enormous, smaller rooms are nicely priced. There’s a terrace for lunch in the sun, too.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £5. Dinner, 3 courses, £30-£35.


Nightly price
from £105
Singles from £85.
1 Four-poster
From £185
1 Suite for 2
From £235
5 Doubles
From £105
2 Twin/doubles
From £135


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

Roger, Manchester

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