Harden's survey result
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“Giving some of the best restaurants in the Lake District a run for their money”, this pub/hotel “beautifully located” in a tiny village provides “superb service and gorgeous food”. In October 2016, chef for the last five years, Scott Fairweather, moved on (to be replaced by Arthur Bridgeman Quin) – we’ve maintained the rating on the basis of the “unceasingly delightful” performance this place has shown over very many years.
It may inhabit a tiny village in “a hidden corner of the Lakes”, but this “warm, welcoming and stylish” pub/hotel is “well worth seeking out”. “The level of hospitality is exceptional”, the “short but interesting menu” is “consistently excellent and keenly priced” and they serve “remarkable real ales”.
An “absolute gem”; it’s not just the “idyllic” setting which has won renown for this “cosy” rural inn, but also its “friendly and attentive” service and “moreish” menu of “country fare”; if you decide to stay, bedrooms are “attractively furnished” too.
“The Lakes’ best pub for food”, claim fans of this very well-known inn (with rooms), which wins very steady praise with its “idyllic” location, “fine” cooking, “great indoor and outdoor spaces”, and “well-curated” list of wines and beers.
The Punch Bowl Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Quite the best pub with rooms in The Lakes Cosy bar or smart restaurant both offer a great ambience Have not been since new chef in November 2016 but will do shortly"
"One of the valiant few good foods places in the Lake District. Close to our other find off he Masons Arms, it is even better in terms of food which is up to the beat in the UK. The inside is topical of the district in character and there is a pleasant outside terrace good for those warm days. We had a special of crab risotto and a regular rabbit both superb followed by a caramel tart of quality. And great wines by the glass."