Nestling between Loweswater and Crummock Water in the heart of the English Lake District, the Kirkstile Inn has been providing food and shelter for over 100 years.So why not get away from the modern world and enjoy a stress free zone?
Cosy, comfortable rooms with fantastic views, great local produce turned into traditional pub food or seasonal specials. Own brewed ales, including the legendary award winning Loweswater Gold.
Our local team are renowned for their warm and friendly welcome whatever the time of day .
It would be a shame not to give us a try!
We came here for lunch we had phoned the day before to book. We arrived after a lovely walk. Despite all the lovely picture of the restaurant on their website we were seated in an annex which was a small cold room with no lovely veiws. It seemed this was the room for people with dogs or children only 3 tables closer that the 2 metres apart we felt most upset by this like we were not really welcome (we have 2 small dogs ) we asked to be seated elsewhere but we're refused. We should of left at this point but we were hungry and hoped the food would be good,It was not, over cooked chips a small amount of tinned mushy peas and Tatar sauce that had seen better days the fish was nice though. The service was poor and even hostile to some degree, we left before desert and coffee as we're freezing cold but no one had come to see if we wanted anything else anyway. Very disappointing not at all like there website if they don't want dogs or children they should just say so or at least warn you that you will be in the annex and treated as second class.Won't go there again will save my money for somewhere that welcomes us.…
Great food as usual but let down by a jobsworth bar tender who would not give my family another drink because we had finished our food even though the pub was empty and it was only 9 o'clock, disappointing he needs to be a traffic warden..
Food was great however the customer service left a lot to be desired. The assistant manager was quite rude from the moment we walked in. Pointed at the dog and said 'you can't bring that in'. We were seated in what looked like a corridor. No atmosphere, quite cold. Asked if he could turn the heating up a bit and he said that was nothing to do with him. Charming. I got hake goujons to start and there was a big hair in it, normally I wouldn't have been bothered but I complained because that guy had annoyed me. Main course and drinks were spot on but I won't be hurrying back because of the service.
A couple's 2 night stay in predicted dreadful weather. Great walk around Ennerdale (in pouring rain) and to return to proper pub with great local beer and hot fire was wonderful. However, the benefits of real pubs in Lakes include standing or sitting in the bar and mixing with other ' mad folk' doing the same is such a benefit which cannot happen at present. Room was excellent and clean. Food- great bar meals. Will definitely be back- thank you to all staff for making our stay do good in difficult circumstances.
How long have you got? We’d heard good things about this place so we were really looking to staying so here goes. We were in Room 4 which we suspect was above the kitchen because when the morning staff arrived we knew about it. Bedroom lighting poor, rock hard chairs and no TV. Who goes to the lakes to watch TV but it’s nice to have one right? There appeared to be a sad looking communal TV room but who watches TV with strangers? Really small bath towels. After a long walk we always go back to the room for a hot chocolate and a biscuit but not this time as there was only one chocolate sachet and one biscuit and even they weren’t replenished the following day. Dated décor and old looking dried flowers, yikes. Carlos the restaurant manager was overbearing, very loud and marched everywhere. Breakfast was stressful, no sooner had we sat down than Carlos stood over us wanting to take our order despite the fact that we hadn’t look at the menu. He asked us for our healthy and unhealthy choices so of course we then felt guilty choosing cooked items. Everyone present knew what we were having. Poached eggs arrived hard boiled inside and I was told the toast would follow which I could butter myself. Similarly with sausages on toast, the sausages came followed by cold toast ten minutes later. Dinner on the first evening was served in the ‘veranda’. This felt like we were sat in a corridor, no atmosphere and staff forgot about us, we had to ask for additional drinks and were never offered dessert or coffee. For our second evening meal we asked to be sat in the bar and fortunately because we’d had a drink in there earlier we knew the bench seats were really uncomfortable, okay for a pint but not for a couple of hours dining. We requested a particular table and this was accommodated. Evening meal was fine, steak and ale pie and battered fish delicious but the chips were overdone. The local pint, Loweswater Gold, location and views were excellent. Décor throughout was dated and tired. Yes it’s a traditional inn with character but we stay in such pubs regularly and you can do traditional with character with a contemporary feel. Carlos’ character is better suited to a city centre restaurant not a sleepy inn were guests stay for peace and calm. The young staff tried their best but weren’t great. Covid precautions were in place and we felt safe. Guess what, won’t be rushing back any time soon.…