The Gate of Kendal

5 Stramongate, Kendal, LA9 4BH

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The Gate of Kendal Outside

The Gate of Kendal reopened in June 2017 following a full refurbishment that included an external facelift. Stand outside this 16th century building and it appears to be a typical, traditional English pub. However, step inside, and the newly restored interiors feature bold and bright colours, modern furnishings, and atmospheric lighting.

Previously known as the Dun Horse, the Gate is now a trendy and lively place to grab a bite to eat or relax with cocktail or a pint of draught beer. This pub is located in the heart of Kendal, in one of the oldest parts of the town.

Food & Drink

The Gate of Kendal has a good range of draught beers available, including two regular real ales, Black Sheep and Sharps Atlantic. There is one guest ale from craft breweries, and a choice of beers and lagers from national chains, such as Heineken and Amstel.

The wine list is reasonable with 11 varieties that cover the basics, nine of which are available by the glass. The gin menu is where the Gate really excels. There are well over 50 varieties sourced from around the world and a broad range of tonics to accompany them. If you prefer something a little more exotic, the Gate has an exciting selection of cocktails to choose from.

The Menu

Food is served throughout the day and the main menu is extensive, featuring modern British cuisine. You will find pub favourites here such as steak and ale pie, alongside more contemporary dishes that include a range of burgers served with various fillings within a brioche bun. On weekdays between noon and 3pm there is a light bite menu that runs alongside the main menu, featuring a range of hot and cold sandwiches as well as salads.

A roast dinner is served each Sunday, with a bottle of wine included for free with every two roast dinners purchased. Thursday nights are curry nights, where for a set price diners can feast on a choice of curry dishes served with rice, sides, and a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.

Afternoon tea is also served at the Gate with a spread that includes sandwiches, scones, and delicious pastries and cakes. Prosecco can be added if required and 24-hours notice is needed for all afternoon teas. The Gate also has a children’s menu that features all of the usual favourites with generous portions.

Other Features

The Gate of Kendal welcomes dogs into the bar area only, where there are tables suitable for dining. The Gate has a room to the rear of the pub with some long length tables that are suitable for large groups and parties can be catered for when booked in advance.


A map of Kendal created in 1611 shows a building on the site of the Gate of Kendal but does not indicate whether or not it was used as in inn during this time. A later map, created in 1787, again shows a building on this site, the same shape and size of the inn, but again, it is not referred to as an inn.

The first record of an inn at the site, then known as the Dun Horse, was created in 1833, though it’s possible that the inn was in situ long before this recorded date. Records from the late nineteenth century indicate that the inn was once owned by the Scott and Son Brewing Company from Skipton in Yorkshire and had five guestrooms and space for 14 horses.


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