Plato's

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Address: 2 Mill Brow, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AT, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

Plato’s typifies the new face of the Lakes: relaxed and contemporary with great, local fare.

A stately Georgian property, Plato's sleek restaurant-with-rooms approach to Cumbrian hospitality combines a sense of local history with a bon-viveur love of fine wine.

It's an easy-going place for pints of local ale in the bar but can also provide an intimate backdrop to a special-occasion escapes. The emphasis is on good-quality food, but children are not excluded. My five year old loves the child’s set menu. “Peas in a bucket,” she gasps at her nouvelle-cuisine fish and chips, “Fancy that!”

Look out for the Pop Shop, a traditional traiteur and wine shop, opening this summer.

Location
4.4
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Eating/drinking
4.5
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Leisure facilities
n/a
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Service
4.6
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Value for money
4.5
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Bedrooms
4.5
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Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Fine food and beverage
  • Strong sense of local culture
  • Something for everybody
  • Parking
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