The Punch Bowl Inn

Kendal, Cumbria
+44 (0)15395 68237

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

Children welcome

The Experience

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. Head chef Alex Beard’s ambrosial food is a big draw, perhaps Lancashire cheese soufflé, slow cooked pork belly, then banana and passion fruit soufflé. 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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 £15. 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



Our second stay, and this time around we received everything we had hoped for in our first UK Christmas. The level of service and comfort was perfect and overall the Christmas spirit and a sense of being truly welcomed was everywhere. Very high quality food across the whole three days topped everything off - great value for money.

Tony, Melbourne Australia

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

Roger, Manchester

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