B6318, Penton, CA6 5QB

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Owners Gerald and Margo Smith have transformed this old inn, 15 miles north of Carlisle in the 'debatable lands' along the Anglo-Scottish border, since taking it over in 2017. Head chef Chris Archer has won increasing acclaim for his 8-course tasting menus using produce from the restored kitchen garden at nearby Netherby Hall (also owned by the Smiths) as well as prime Scottish beef and seafood.

survey result


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

“I remember it from fifty years ago as a dirty, swirly-carpeted local drinking hole. So much nicer now! Well worth the detour”. Gerald and Margo Smith transformed this Cumbrian inn in 2017 and it has been much accoladed ever since thanks to chef Chris Archer’s “very well-balanced” five- or eight-course tasting menus. The Guardian’s Grace Dent is also a fan: “in recent times especially, it has felt wrong to glorify expensive, unabashedly poncy food, but cooking at this level is something Britain should be proud of”. And before or after your meal, there are “beautiful walks just down the road”.

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  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00 Always available 8
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £5.00

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Pentonbridge Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Pentonbridge Inn Restaurant in CA6, Penton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Pentonbridge Inn restaurant.
Damon H
Have stayed twice and enjoyed their tasting...
Reviewed 11 months, 6 days ago

"Have stayed twice and enjoyed their tasting menu with matching wines, and will be returning in June 2023. Excellent food, good relaxed and friendly service and a beautiful rural location."

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B6318, Penton, CA6 5QB
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Opening hours
Wednesday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm

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