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Kirkstile Inn

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4.5
#1 of 2 hotels in Loweswater
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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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!

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Car park
Public wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Room features
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to TheAA: The Automobile Association.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
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fussytravellernyorks wrote a review Aug 2020
United Kingdom67 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Have always fancied a stay at the Kirkstile Inn, have been visiting for years for drinks and scones after a day’s walking. Stayed in room 3 for 3 nights, very cosy, the bedding and pillows extremely comfortable. Ate there both nights, all meals cooked to a high standard. Very impressed by the breakfast, especially the ‘full Cumbrian’, ie a full English with Cumbrian sausage. This is probably the least greasy full English I’ve ever had, by that I mean ‘no grease’ - top marks to the chef. Full Covid procedures being observed, nothing is too much trouble. You have options of full room service, just a towel change, or ‘no room entry’. We chose full room service. Breakfast times are staggered, pre booked the night before. A lady on the next table to us for breakfast asked for lemon in hot water, grapefruit, gluten free toast, and dairy free omelette. All delivered without fuss, you couldn’t fault the service. Loweswater Gold and the Langdale beers are excellent, a selection of gins is to hand. All in all a superb couple of days, we had a walk around Crummock Water and a walk around Loweswater, loved every minute.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Loll007 wrote a review Aug 2020
Lancaster, United Kingdom116 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for two nights last week. They appear to be following all the government guidelines which made us feel safe and cared for. Guests required to wear a mask in all public spaces apart from the bar, restaurant and garden.
The room was very clean and at our request no member of staff entered it during our visit. Having seen on Facebook that they have a machine which sprays the bedroom with an anti Covid solution we felt particularly safe.

We never waited more than 5 minutes to be seated and the staff were efficient . Although busy, covid rules were followed at all times. I think we waited longer than usual for our meal but understood why.

Would happily return .
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Russhrew wrote a review Oct 2020
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom111 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We called in on the off chance that a table would be available as the car park was packed. Luckily they were able to find us a table as the food, beer (local brew, Loweswater Gold) and service were all excellent.
As far as we could see the COVID guidelines were strictly adhered to with staff wearing visors and tables being cleaned and sprayed between customers. There are hand sanitising stations situated around the premises.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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WavertreeFamily wrote a review Oct 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: October 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Laura H wrote a review Aug 2020
Reading, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from this beautiful Inn. We wanted peace and quiet, beautiful scenery with a touch of luxury and that’s exactly what we got!
We booked the family suite which had a double bedroom and a lounge, perfect for coming back to after a hike. The refurbished suite was well equipped and furnished really nicely. The bed was so comfy with good quality linen and fluffy pillows. Our 13yr old had the sofa bed in the lounge which was simple to put back, again good quality linen and pillows.
The food at this place is top quality, from breakfast, lunch to dinner. We never had a bad meal, in fact we had to stop ourselves! Drinks were a good price, a bottle of wine on average £20. A nice cold glass of Prosecco £5.25.
The walking from the Inn was amazing, literally you can walk out and go hiking up Malbreak which wasn’t an easy climb but well worth the views! You can also access the lakes and do a 2hr circular walk back in time for a delicious lunch.
A special mention to Sharon who served us at Breakfast and lunch, we had a problem with the government food discounts but she sorted it for us - what a star!
There was only one teeny issue, the Wi-fi in our room (9)was non existent, we had to go to the entrance of the bar - we named it WiFi courtyard to search up stuff. It didn’t spoil our fabulous stay, but as the clientele get younger it might be worth sorting it.
Would highly recommend this amazing place and will definitely be returning!
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Fabulous views, super quiet room (number 9).
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Nick H wrote a review Nov 2021
Stroud, United Kingdom51 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A brilliant location. The hotel continues to invest in its bedrooms and the attention of all staff to service is joyful, as is their flexibility and adaptability of operating in a remote location when weather, kitchen fans, gas supplies etc all mean that have to have a plan B,C, D etc. Food is excellent and spot on for hungry walkers, and those silly enough to attempt the Saturday 9am Whinlatter Forest parkrun some 6 miles away.
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: hey airy, but suggest the best views are on the opposite side to the main entrances overlooking...
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Tinaturner12014 wrote a review May 2022
Monmouthshire, United Kingdom13 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A group of 17 of us stayed 3 nights and were absolutely thrilled with the rooms, location, menu , cleanliness and service.
We had a stunning walk from the door of the hotel one day. Nothing was too much trouble. Great to have packed lunches. Rooms all very clean and well provided for. We ate at the hotel all 3 evenings. and all dishes were excellent.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ideal for groups of walkers.
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Chris W wrote a review Jan 2023
60 contributions66 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The very small wedge cut from a slice of gammon, served to my husband, was very tasty and my carbonara was lovely. The desserts were delicious, worth every calorie.
But the so called "skinny chips" scattered in a motley heap beside the gammon were dreadful. The menu made a point of boasting " hand cut chips" , we consider these to be normal chips in our house, we peel the potatoes and slice them into chips and think nothing of it. But The Kirkstile is sneaky. They cut off the rounded edges from the potatoes, making a rectangular shape from which to cut

regularly sized fairly chunky chips. The tiny

little scrappy bits which were cut from the
edges of the potatoes are then served up as
hard unappetising little scraps which are now
called skinny chips. Adding insult to injury,
the "hand cut chips" are more expensive
even though they came from the same bags
of potatoes as the scraps.

Play fair Kirkstile, a chip is a chip and
requires no embellishment to it's name, but if
you wish to serve up nice regularly shaped
beauties, have the decency to throw away
the scraps and definitely don't charge two
different prices for chips cut from the same
potato.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pam C wrote a review Dec 2020
Birkenhead, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: December 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Pigeon walkers wrote a review Oct 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Currently still staying @ The Kirkstile Inn but felt obliged to write a review before we have even left! Arrived Friday evening (late due to M6 traffic) - the staff were very accommodating and waited for us to check in @ 10.30pm!

The four poster room is lovely, with mountain views when you open the blinds! Newly refurbished bathroom which is trendy and spotlessly clean!

Dedicated ‘drying room’ which is a large airing cupboard with 2 boilers. Torrential downpours left our clothes sodden but they will be dry in no time in there. As I opened the door, the heat hit me!

Buffet breakfast for cereal, juice, jams etc…ordering hot food from the menu which is cooked there and then and comes our piping hot.

The drinking area and dining room is a proper walkers traditional pub!! Open fire, candles and low lighting. Traditional local beers served on tap. Food is outstanding. Small menu but attention to detail is delicious.

A particular mention to Tony who served us all evening and made sure we had everything we needed! Great front of house and really kind. Thank you Tony :-)

Looking forward to coming back!!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Janet C asked a question Jun 2021
Preston, United Kingdom98 contributions119 helpful votes
What is the Wi-fi like particularly room 8?
Daniel asked a question Aug 2020
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom94 contributions25 helpful votes
Booked in for lunch here. Is it easy to walk from the pub around loweswater? Or would it be best to park closer to loweswater?
Answer from chewytackle
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom14 contributions26 helpful votes
Lowers water is about a mile away and a nice easy walk
Alison B asked a question Aug 2020
York, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
Do I have to book a table if I want to have lunch in the beer garden?
Answer from withouttnekids
Kefalonia119 contributions45 helpful votes
Probably advisable to book
Vangelina asked a question Nov 2016
Walt Disney World, Florida46 contributions56 helpful votes
Hi. Where is the nearest touring caravan park?
Answer from alchrissie
Thetford, United Kingdom22 contributions9 helpful votes
The Wheatsheaf at Lorton is definitely the nearest to The Kirkstile and they also have statics. Alternatively, I believe there are spaces behind The Bridge at Buttermere. Good luck with your search and enjoy.
jo t wrote a tip Mar 2024
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go when it's busy perhaps? Expect less than the website conveys. "
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Jamie C wrote a tip Jan 2024
50 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you book well in advance as this place is very popular."
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Ju067 wrote a tip Oct 2023
28 contributions54 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ensure they have staffing capacity before you sit down for a meal. "
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artist697969 wrote a tip Aug 2023
Queensbury, United Kingdom19 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"get there early as it is usually very busy"
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RachF1 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Harrogate, United Kingdom88 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They only allow dogs in at lunchtime and after evening service (9pm onwards) and no dog friendly rooms to stay in"
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kirkstile Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Kirkstile Inn?
Nearby attractions include Ennerdale Water (4.0 miles), Crummock Water (1.4 miles), and Whinlatter Forest (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kirkstile Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Kirkstile Inn?
Top room amenities include a seating area, a sofa bed, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Kirkstile Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kirkstile Inn?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kirkstile Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include High Stile Kitchen, The Restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood, and Syke Farm Tearoom.
Is Kirkstile Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.04 miles away from the centre of Loweswater.
Are pets allowed at Kirkstile Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Kirkstile Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle (9.5 miles), Wordsworth House and Garden (6.2 miles), and Mirehouse & Gardens (7.4 miles).
Does Kirkstile Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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