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 has 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 head chef and his team focus on the best local and seasonal produce with ingredients sourced extensively from the area’s estates, farms and coastal villages. Desserts are accomplished, and tempting, with 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.