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“Evening meal in lovely restaurant with fabulous food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kirkstile Inn

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Kirkstile Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Loweswater
Certificate of Excellence
Connah's Quay, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Evening meal in lovely restaurant with fabulous food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

I visited the hotel restaurant on 2nd July with my husband whilst we were on holiday in nearby Lamplugh. We hadn't booked a table and the pub and restaurant were extremely busy. However the staff were really helpful and friendly and we were able to get a table immediately. The service was great, the staff cheerful and efficient and the food was amazing (I had the flat cap mushrooms - definitely recommended!) The prices were really reasonable for what was a lovely evening out. We would definitely go there again next time we are in the Lake District.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lynda_minshall
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Arrived at the Kirkstile after a day on the Steamers @ Ullswater. The drive up through the narrow lanes was breathtaking - both in terms of scenery and danger of oncoming vehicles.

The Inn is charming and a perfect setting in front of the mountains.
Food and drinks served are great value locally sourced.
Request a room inside the Inn.
Rooms inside the inn are rustic, warped and functional, while rooms in the out-buildings are a bit characterless.

We only stayed 1 night and did the 5mile Lowewater Lake walk.
Would definitely visit again and do more of the walks.

Room Tip: Room 2 Double is great, Room 3 Twin is a little noisy from the kitchen extractor fan (dinnertime) bu...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank markiteight
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
119 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

What a welcome site this pub is after walking round most of the lake. Very extensive building with areas for restaurant dining and perhaps afternoon tea style eating. We ate from the sandwich menu and were able to grab a table in the garden, which was ideal.

Food very good (on slates) nice chips too. Very helpful and nice young waiter. Wish we were staying closer to try evening meals. Dog friendly too.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank HellyBoro27
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Four of us (plus three large dogs) stopped off for lunch and took a table in the lovely garden. Two of us had been to the Kirkstile Inn before on a number of occasions and had been singing its praises to our friends. They weren't disappointed as the bar and waiting staff were very welcoming and as usual the food was both tasty and plentiful - the steak and ale pie was incredible. Pretty much every table in the beer garden had at least one canine guest but the tables are spread out enough to avoid too much interaction. I can't fault it - I just wish I hadn't been driving as the Loweswater Gold is pretty good too.

Wonderful location, great staff and fantastic fare - why wouldn't you keep coming back?

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Nick G
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Egremont, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a delicious plate of fish and chips in the garden.
Excellent location helped by brilliant sunshine.
Couple of pints of local ale helped too!
Lovely old pub, we haven't been here for a while but wasn't disappointed by the food and drink.
The pub was busy but quickly took food orders and got meals out in good time.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Neil O
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Cumbria
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Live locally so have eaten here often over last 10 years. Felt a couple of years ago that it lost its way somewhat - service was poor and miserable, food not interesting and over seasoned. However, have eaten here twice in the last couple of months and it is much improved. The food is interesting, there is something for everyone and I think its reasonably priced. The last time we went a member of our party had a complicated dietary issue and the staff were more than helpful and very attentive - and smiley! Strangely enough I differ from a previous reviewer - I don't like the terrace but love the restaurant. You can't please everyone! Definitely worth a visit and I would recommend to anyone. Hope to be eating there again in a couple of weeks.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank BessCumbria
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Workington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
115 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We have driven past this pub a couple of times on the way back from some fantastic walks. This evening we just went to chill. A lovely garden looks towards Melbreak and we shared this space with other people just enjoying the view.

The food was nice although it seemed to be priced at the top end of the scale. Having said that, the staff were attentive without being overpowering and it was very nice to be not only trusted with the condiments but trusted with rainbow peppercorns!

An honest opinion? Well, my husband said that his belly pork was nice, but not the best that he has had locally. (Braithwaite wins!) For me though, I had vegetable fritters with goats cheese and these were served very well. The salad served with the fritters was excellent but Michael Winner was right -tomatoes should not be put into a fridge.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank glasshalffull01
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Additional Information about Kirkstile Inn

Property: Kirkstile Inn
Address: Loweswater CA13 ORU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Loweswater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Loweswater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Kirkstile Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Kirkstile Hotel Loweswater
Kirkstile Hotel Cockermouth
Kirkstile Inn Loweswater, Cumbria

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