The Punchbowl Inn (Askham)

Askham, CA10 2PF
The Punchbowl Inn (Askham) Outside

Nestled in the small village of Askham, close to Lowther Castle and Penrith, the Punchbowl Inn is a charming and cosy 18th century pub with rooms. This pub is brimming with period features, including woodburning stoves and exposed beams in which coins have been pressed into, supposedly granting wishes to those who placed the coins there.

This is a fairly large pub, with a traditional style bar that serves real ale, as well as a more formal restaurant that has recently been refurbished and is where diners can see into the kitchen where food is prepared. The pub also offers bed and breakfast style accommodation, and it welcomes children and dogs.

Food & Drink

The Punchbowl Inn (Askham) pub

The Punchbowl Inn sells Hawkshead Bitter, and up to three other guest real ales, often from other local breweries. The pub has an interesting and varied wine list, with a good choice available by the glass. The bar also stocks a wide range of gins, as well as an excellent choice of whiskies and other spirits. For those not drinking alcohol, you will find the usual choice of soft drinks along with teas and coffees.

Food is served all day from noon until 9pm, seven days a week, though during the winter months this can vary. The menu offers something slightly more upmarket to the usual pub grub, with tempting items, such as Confit Duck Leg or Spinach and Goats Cheese Strudel. The portions are generous and the dishes are beautifully presented. For those seeking something lighter, there is a good choice of sandwiches available. The children’s menu comprises of all the usual favourites, but for those a little more adventurous there is the option to opt for a smaller portion of something from the main menu.

The Punchbowl Inn is particularly popular on Sundays, when it serves a full homemade roast dinner. There is a choice of local meats to choose from each week, and the dish is served with all the trimmings, including Yorkshire puddings. Booking is advisable.

Other Features

The Punchbowl has a pool table in a side room, and a selection of board games to keep children amused. At the front of the pub, there are several picnic benches with views of the village green and dogs are welcome in the bar area of the pub.


The Punchbowl Inn (Askham) accommodation

The Punchbowl Inn has six guest rooms offering a mixture of twin, double, and king accommodation. Some rooms have recently been refurbished. Rooms are decorated in a classic style and all benefit from ensuite shower rooms with complimentary toiletries. Rooms are also equipped with flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities. Dogs are welcome to stay in the rooms for a small surcharge. A full cooked breakfast is included each morning.


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