We are very fortunate, because we live near this wonderful restaurant and can therefore dine quite often. In our opinion, this is the best restaurant in the South Lakes - and we have visited many, including some with a Michelin star. The meals are expertly created by the team in the kitchen and brought to the table by friendly and attentive staff. In addition to an extensive wine list, the bar serves well-kept real ales. A truly exceptional destination for dining. Roger. DG March 2017.
"Best place in the Lakes". Just a superb place to stay in the Lake District. How a 21 year-old head chef can be this good beggars belief. Mind you, they do use the best local ingredients. His starter of scallops, chicken and carrots in a complementary sauce was arguably the best starter I've ever had anywhere. Alan E. February 2017.
"Lovely food & atmosphere". We popped in for a little lunch on Saturday The place is very welcoming, fairly relaxed and with friendly staff. We ate in the bar area with lovely fire and sofa papers & magazines the food was very good a nice treat. Restaurantcritic41 February 2017.
"Very enjoyable lunch". We went today 9/02/2015 for lunch. I had the crab risotto which was to die for. And my Husband surprised me by going for the beetroot risotto which surprised me!!!! But we both agreed both risottos were excellent. Service was exceptional and extremely friendly. Nice log fire burning and we appreciated that as it was a very cold day. We had a very, very enjoyable lunch and we will certainly be returning. Thank you. We really enjoyed our lunch. MrsDGB February 2017
"Wonderfully welcoming. 9 of us here for my Dad's 90th birthday lunch. Such a welcoming place, everyone was so friendly which made the occasion even better. The food was wonderful (my Dad as an ex-butcher normally finds the meat anywhere we go not quite up to scratch, but was happy for once!). Great unhurried 3 hour lunch, and my little lad loved slonking on the leather sofa by the fire when the adult talk bored him. We'll be back soon. John T January 2017.
"Relaxed Sunday lunch". Delicious food in lovely surroundings. Staff friendly too. One of our party has difficulty walking but we were able to drop off right outside the door. From memory there are a few internal steps which may trouble some, but my Dad managed them OK. Bit of a way from anywhere but well worth the drive. Fellgirl January 2017.
"Exceeded expectations". Visited for a birthday treat. All the food was delicious . The menu is relatively expensive but good value for money for the quality of food. The staff appear very passionate about their work especially the general manager who was a delight. We look forward to our next visit. CDC January 2017.
"Standards of hospitality and cooking continue". We are local to this eatery and haven't been for 12 months, the Lyth Valley has many great places to nosh and feed. The Punch Bowl does not disappoint. The black pudding and scotch egg, still being cooked perfectly, thank goodness still available. Just as good as I remember. The Pork was superb, equal in flavour and quality to Forest Side Grasmere with its Michelin One Star. When pork is cooked to these standards then I can't resist it. I would happily put both meals side by side, preferring the portion and combination at the Punch Bowl. Abracadabra December 2016.
"1st class". Stayed for a night before the Xmas madness. Cannot fault, this is the 3rd time we've stayed and it never disappoints. Fabulous food and the friendliest staff I've ever come across. There will definitely be a 4th time. F. December 2016.
"Best Christmas ever". As we were going to enjoy our first Christmas without the ties of ancient mother or other family we booked the two night Christmas package at The Punch Bowl. We had some slight trepidation on our way from Anglesey as we knew nothing about The Punch Bowl apart from the fact that it had been recommended on line. All our concerns melted away from the moment we walked in. What a wonderful, welcoming and homely place! From the welcoming, happy, efficient staff to the beautifully decorated public rooms and the fantastic bedroom - we couldn't fault a thing. The food was outstanding throughout our stay, with quiet and unobtrusive service. We were serenaded with carol singers on Christmas Eve and entertained by some brilliant hand bell ringers on Christmas Day. We met some lovely people also staying for the Christmas break and Lorraine very kindly rearranged our table so that we could sit with them for Christmas lunch.
Thank you Richard and to all the staff at The Punch Bowl for making Christmas 2016 memorable. We are telling all our friends about the Punch Bowl so you may get a Welsh invasion from Anglesey soon! CT December 2016
Returned for a mid-week walking and relaxation escape and appreciated the warm welcome and service from the whole team. Food and accommodation top notch with afternoon tea being a lovely addition to a wonderful break. Y14 November 2016
Superb! A return visit for me but a first for the three friends who accompanied me. We were all equally impressed with the very warm welcome we received from all of the staff upon our arrival. The food was outstanding as usual, great variety and quality. LW November 2016
As lovely as our last visit. It's been a few years since we last stayed and we weren't disappointed. Welcomed with cream tea, with freshly made scones. Our room was lovely and great evening meal. Popular with all rooms taken on a Monday night. Very nice to return. SB November 2016
This is our favourite location in the Lakes. The service is excellent the food special and they staff are so welcoming and efficient. We have ben twice before and it has been equally as good each time. It is also dog friendly. Highly recommended. Mike M November 2016
We absolutely loved our three night stay at the Punch Bowl. The rooms are modern and spacious with extremely comfortable beds and excellent bathrooms. The food is first class and all of the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. R65 October 2016
One of the best meals I have had, exceptional. JM October 2016
Lovely stay! We enjoyed an excellent 2 night stay at the Punch Bowl Inn. We stayed in Birkett which has lovely views. FJ September 2016
Fantastic food. We had the most amazing meal with friends in the dining area of the bar, rather than the dining room, accompanied by our rather large well behaved dog. The service was excellent, really efficient and quick without feeling hurried. We all really enjoyed the food, which was truly amazing both in taste and presentation. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had been out all day in the warm sunshine, our meal was a fantastic end to a very enjoyable day. The accolade of Cumbrian dining pub 2016 is well deserved. S&JB September
A simple review. I won't witter on today!! Simple one night visit. Nice room, lovely bathroom, food pretty good, VERY lucky with the weather. But, most important is the service we received!! Big thanks, you definitely made the night. A credit to the place. Thanks all. BMNH September
Food, glorious food. A cross between fine dining and gastro pub food. Been here dozens of times and will continue to do so. Last visit was for my partners birthday meal with family. Black pudding starter is a favourite of mine. HJ August 2016
A fantastic one night stay. We visited this hotel and restaurant for one night be really wished it was longer. JF August 2016
'A real treat' - We had the chance for 24 hours away and booked here for a second time. Didn't disappoint! Lovely room - Hebblewhite. All the staff very friendly and attentive. Amazing food. Beautiful location and peaceful surroundings, If you want a treat this is the place! LT July 2016
"The epitome of lovely English hospitality" - the staff went out of their way to make our stay relaxing and delicious. The food is exceptional, the attention to detail in the bedroom and bathroom were perfect, all in a beautiful idyllic setting!
My husband savoured the twice baked mature cheddar soufflé with wilted spinach as a starter. I found the creative sea bream linguine with ginger, grapefruit and samphire delectable.
The room we stayed in, Noble, had gorgeous exposed beams, fairy lights set in the ceiling, candles, side by side tubs, and lovely fabrics which made for a stunning and comfortable room.
I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the exceptional setting and service. DT July 2016
"Lovely dinner" - tucked away in the country-side this restaurant we enjoyed every dish we ordered and the wine too. The service is very good and the setting is very nice. Highly recommended. K. July 2016
"An amazing weekend". Such a lovely pub with incredibly friendly staff. From the moment we arrived we received 5 star service! ET May 2016
"The feel good inn". We were looked after so well, we had a few drinks at the bar (we turned up really early because of the rain!) and a good old gas with the bar tender.
The food is delicious, I had a gorgeous crab dish, where the brown meat had been pureed and set into an oblong, it sounds crazy but it was both exceptional and creative. The man had a prawn cocktail which looked juicy. The lamb main was pink, melt in the mouth fabulous and I loved the bed of minted peas too. The man said the beef was really good too. All that rain gave me an appetite (even though I'd had cake for breakfast..) so I ordered the cheeseboard - the cheeses were from different areas and came with a little menu describing each one - lots of grapes, a mind blowing selection of home made crackers too, it was heaven.
The service is phenomenal, seriously, it was above and beyond and I can't recommend this place enough, it's just chilled out bliss. SGT May 2016
Wonderful family lunch - we had a wonderful family lunch here. We're from Australia and our family wanted us to experience the amazing food here and we weren't disappointed one little. Everything was superb. MF April 2016.
Perfect from start to finish - we have stayed several times before.
Room upgrade, service perfection, restaurant usual excellent.
Cannot fault any part of our stay. If you are looking for a heavenly peaceful break, look no further. KC April 2016
All were made to feel welcome and were put at their ease, indeed the Punchbowl exudes the atmosphere of a civilised establishment where the clientele comes first and the staff do their best to ensure your experience is a good one. We highly recommend it to anyone who is in this part of the world, it has certainly become one of our firm favourites. NM April 2016
Amazing wedding at the Punch Bowl - We were lucky enough to have our wedding at the Punchbowl last week and it was the most wonderful experience. O40 March 2016.
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