At the heart of up-and-coming Kirkby Lonsdale and a stone's throw from the market square. Beware the one-way system and dearth of parking, however.
Eight boutique rooms, each with their own charm, are split between four styles. Overall the effect is to combine some period features, such as oak beams and antique furniture, with modern touches - think modern bathrooms and design wallpaper.
Room four, named after the poet John Rushkin, is the pick of the suites for space and atmosphere. Sit back in a leather armchair and amrvel at Casterton Fell.
Similarly chic and comtemporary as the rooms with a downstairs lounge area bridgeing the space between bar and restaurant. Lots of study wooden furniture, warm-coloured decor and stone walls. It feels cosy and intimate.
Eating and drinking
Yes, please. The extensive and well-thought-out menu covers all the bases from a deli platter of local cheeses and meats, nicely served on local slate, to an indulgent cream tea with home-made cakes.
The dinner menu is grander but maintains the high-qulaity, low-fuss ethos with local and sesaonal produce used in a creative way. Look out for Lune Valley beef and Lakeland lamb; do browse the excellent wine list and check the blackboard of daily specials.
By day, the bar is a comfy spot for coffess and newspapers.
Friendly, homely and efficient. The waitress made a big fuss of my little girl for eating up her eggs.
Who stays there
Everyone. Couples will love it, families will feel at ease, singles will enjoy the buzzy vibe. And it's a good base to explore a lesser-known corner of the Lancs/Lakes border. Locals are often to be found in the bar at night, adding to the good-natured atmosphere.
Check out the regular programme of live events for special menus; join the Wine Club for £10 tasting nights and join the Coffee Club for exclusive deals throughout the year on food, rooms and events.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Families with teenagers
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Fine food and beverage
- Strong sense of local culture
- Something for everybody