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The Punchbowl Inn at Crosthwaite

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Fashion-conscious Cumbrian dishes in the damson-rich Lyth Valley

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

A small country house in the verdant Lyth Valley, The Punchbowl is one of Lakeland's homelier places, run with great civility by the hands-on team. A slate-topped bar and modern rustic furniture give the place a fresh look, and the substantial menu shows plenty of fashion-conscious technique. Seared wood pigeon, for instance, is accompanied by celeriac, blueberries, pear and chocolate. That might be followed by spot-on pan-fried salmon, bursting with flavour, with curried chickpeas, white crabmeat, pak choi and amaretti, or an equally well-composed dish of roast saddle of rabbit with crayfish mousse, apricots and potato purée. Vibrant combinations extend to puddings, seen in vanilla crème brûlée with Lyth Valley damsons, lavender and shortbread.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 4
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Arthur Bridgeman Quin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 19
  • Wines over £30: 69
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Starter from: £5.50
  • Main course from14.95
  • Dessert from: £7.95
  • Tasting menu from: £55
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A590 then A5074 signed Bowness/Crosthwaite. Inn within 4.5 miles on right next to St Mary's Church.

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