RestaurantsCumbriaCrosthwaiteLA8

survey result

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“This is how you do great pub food”“full of flavour”, using seasonal ingredients from the owner’s farm and with “generous helpings as befits as a gastropub”. “They don’t try to be too clever but they are still a step above everyone else nearby”, hence their “excellent” local reputation.

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“This is how you do great pub food”“full of flavour”, using seasonal ingredients from the owner’s farm and with “generous helpings as befits as a gastropub”. “They don’t try to be too clever but they are still a step above everyone else nearby”, hence their “excellent” local reputation.

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Yet to find a more impressive pub in the Lake District” – this “simply outstanding” inn, set in a tiny village, caters for every taste from “local beers around the open fire” to “well-executed restaurant-style meals”: “the food is homegrown, seasonal and full of flavour” and “served in a friendly, efficient manner”.

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the valiant good foods places in the Lake” – this pub/hotel in a tiny village is beautifully located and “especially pleasant outdoors in summer” on its summer terrace, and serves robust, refined-rustic dishes from chef Arthur Bridgeman Quin. There’s a strong service ethos too – “led by the delectable Lorraine, she has the front of house running like a machine being drip-fed WD40!”

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Owner's description

The Punch Bowl has built a reputation based on good quality food, fine wines and attentive, friendly service whilst still retaining the homely English pub feel. In the kitchen we pride ourselves on preparing fresh, locally sourced food and presenting it in an honest but exciting fashion. The menu is based on classic flavour combinations using modern techniques and is updated to meet seasonal availability.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£5.50 £17.95 £7.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.50
Filter Coffee £3.80
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Yes
20
No dress code
85
Yes

The Punch Bowl Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Punch Bowl Inn Restaurant in LA8, Crosthwaite by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Punch Bowl Inn restaurant.
Victoria J
Delightful gastro pub with lovely terrace. ...
Reviewed 9 months, 27 days ago

"Delightful gastro pub with lovely terrace. Excellent COVID precautions including taking your own drink off the tray! We visit every year and it only gets better. The twice cooked cheese souffle is my favourite."

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Steven B
We love it here and have always managed to ...
Reviewed 9 months, 29 days ago

"We love it here and have always managed to eat outside in the patio area. Inside may be different, more traditional, perhaps more luxurious but without the light and views outside. We did book but noticed a number of people who came without and after a wait were found tables because other bookers had simply failed to show. An abuse of the system. No fixed price lunch here although it is reasonable anyway. The menu keeps some staples; We love their souffles. This time we limited ourselves to the starter cheese one (dessert would have been greedy)which is large and not even expensive. Plenty of non meat options and all worth a go. Desserts are a good finish."

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Crosthwaite, LA8 8HR
Opening hours
Monday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday8:30 am‑5:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm

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