March 15th, 2010

Review: The Punch Bowl Category: Reviews

Last month we went for an overnight stay at The Punch Bowl in Crosthwaite in the Lake District.  The occasion, our third wedding anniversary and Elodie stayed with Nanny & Grandad for the night.

The Punch Bowl was named Pub of the Year by ‘Michelin Pub Guide 2009′ and after looking at their luxurious accommodation on their website we couldn’t resist a bit of R&R…

IMG_3306The overnight rate included Afternoon Tea upon arrival and Breakfast.  We hadn’t appreciated this until we actually booked in so it was a nice surprise.

From the off, the staff were really lovely.  Not too much, nor too little – just friendly, welcoming and very helpful.  After checking in, we were shown to our room and left to our own devices.  If we had realised that Afternoon Tea was included we may have arrived a little bit earlier so we decided to enjoy it before it was dinner time! We sat downstairs in the pub/lounge area and two scones, jam and cream were served alongside a refreshing pot of tea (using tea leaves, not teabags).

afternoontea2After returning to our room and checking on Elodie, we decided to enjoy the bathroom facilities…

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I think I spent an hour relaxing in that bath with the Arran Aromatics goodies.

After dragging myself out of the bath, we eventually got ready for dinner and headed down to the restaurant.  We ordered a lovely bottle of Chardonay and looked over the menu.

When we had ordered, the usual nibbles of fresh bread and butter arrived along with a wonderfully fragrant smell which I presumed was someones food.  Until I picked up a small slice of the Rye bread that was.  It turned out that the bread was a homemade rye bread with, what I presume, was aniseed as it had a lovely liqorice taste and smell.  The other slices of bread were nice but the rye was something else.  I wanted to buy some, so when I found out it was their own I was slightly disappointed.

For starters, I enjoyed a twice baked cheese souffle and Anthony tried his first carpaccio of beef served with pine nuts, parmesan, balsamic vinegar and green leaf.  The souffle was nice, simple and light. I tried the carpaccio but have to admit its not a dish for me, though I dont really eat much red meat.  Anthony was unsure to start with, but by the end decided he really enjoyed it.

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For the main course, I opted for Halibut (after enjoying it at 60 Hope Street) served with cockles and shrimp whilst Anthony couldn’t resist a Steak with bearnaise sauce.  The option of sauce was limited to peppercorn or bearnaise and Anthony had not tried bearnaise before so thought he would try it – he barely ate it though as it was far too buttery.  I am sure it was served correctly, but the sauce was just too much.  The Halibut was delicious and the Steak itself was perfectly cooked.

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We had no room for pudding, probably due to the fact we had enjoyed Afternoon Tea late in the afternoon, but we did manage to drink a lovely bottle of Veuve Cliquot in our room and taste a few of the Hotel Chocolat chocolates Anthony had bought whilst relaxing on the lovely bed and watching Desperate Housewives!

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I have to say, though, the best bit was still to come.  There is something about Hotel Breakfasts, whether its just the novelty of all the choices or the fact that there is usually some scrambled egg and smoked salmon on the menu, I dont know?

Anyway, we were not disappointed and after being seated and passed the menu the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon were indeed on the menu, served on crumpets.  Anthony ordered a full English.

The scrambled egg was the best I am yet to sample.  The salmon was delicious and to my surprise the crumpets turned out to be the perfect accompaniment.  Anthony was not disappointed with his choice either.  Unfortunately we didnt take the camera to breakfast :(

I really would recommend The Punch Bowl to anyone and everyone.  It is a delightful, friendly and welcoming Pub with fantastic, luxurious accommodation and I would not hesitate going back (even just for breakfast) though I think I’d have to take Elodie as I missed my cuddles…

6 Responses to “Review: The Punch Bowl”

Sounds like a fantastic place and I love the Lakes. Congratulations on your 3rd Wedding Anniversary.


Thank you Jules. It really is a lovely place and our break turned into a little foodie jaunt which I might get round to posting about – lunch in Grasmere, a trip to More? Artisan Bakery and another lunch at The Three Fishes!


A piece of heaven, that’s what it is :) lovely lovely photos you have!


Rachel Says:

I have only just discovered your blog, but I felt I had to comment when I read that your daughter is called Elodie, as that’s what we have called our little one, who’s 6 months old. It’s so unusual to hear the name in this country that I love to hear of other people who’ve also chosen it. This is a lovely blog and I’ll be coming here often now I’ve found it.


Hi Rachel,

Thank you for popping by :) Elodie is a fab name ;) but we do find we sometimes have to pronounce it a few times!

Claire


Great information. Lucky me I found your site by chance (stumbleupon).
I have book-marked it for later!


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