Review on Kirkstile Inn

It would be hard to imagine a more authentic, genuine or lovingly nurtured Lakeland hostelry than the Kirkstile Inn. It has been providing food and shelter since Tudor times and continues to win friends with its many attributes.

The location is a dream: tucked away among the fells, next to an ancient church and a stream, a short stroll from the Lakes of Loweswater and Crummock Water. Inside the whole place feels almost like an old farmhouse, with log fires burning, heavy oak beams, cushioned settles and pews; it's also 100% no-smoking.

The dining room dates from 1549 and is the oldest part of the inn; you can eat here or in the bar from a choice of menus and blackboard specials built around top-notch Lakeland produce including the output of the Old Smokehouse at Brougham Hall, Gilcrux Trout Farm and Thornby Moor Dairy. The result is a repertoire that might include baked Crofton goats' cheese topped with pine kernels, sun-dried tomatoes and olives, minced Herdwick lamb pudding with red onions and rosemary, and stuffed chicken breast served with a Cumberland mustard and brandy sauce. To finish, treacle tart vies for attention with traditional Cumberland rum Nicky.

The pub also has its own brewery producing Kirkstile Gold, Melbreak Bitter and Grasmoor Dark Ale, and also stocks ales from other Cumbrian sources.

Kirkstile Inn is also featured in: Hardens, AA Guide

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Gastro pub


Paul Williamson

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm

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Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Kirkstile Inn

  • Alfresco dining
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (10 rooms)


Kirkstile Inn
CA13 0RU

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