The Punch Bowl Inn
“Luxury Lake District inn and restaurant”
Very much a destination dining inn, the Punch Bowl stands alongside the village church in the delightfully unspoilt Lyth Valley. The slates on the bar floor, which were found beneath the old dining room, complement the Brathay slate bar top and antique furnishings. Ales from Cumbrian microbreweries include Tag Lag from Barngates Brewery, and Swan Blonde. The restaurant is slightly more formal, with comfortable leather chairs, polished oak floorboards and an eye-catching stone fireplace. Two rooms off the bar add extra space for eating or relaxing with a pint and the daily paper in front of an open fire. The kitchen focuses on the best local and seasonal produce with ingredients sourced extensively from the area’s estates, farms and coastal villages. Main courses like pan roast monkfish with tomato fondue, diced scallop and prawn with charred leeks and chorizo sauce; or glazed beetroot and butternut squash, pak choi, spinach, hen of the woods mushrooms and Tunworth cheese beignets pave the way for temptingly accomplished desserts: blackberry soufflé, vanilla ice cream and blackberry sauce, for example; or lemon tart with damson sorbet. In addition to a good list of dessert wines, champagne is available by the glass. Individually furnished guest rooms featuring freestanding roll-top baths can be booked.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Open all year
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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