Eating out in Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale is the quintessential northern England town. It has cobbled streets that go up and down hill, independent shops, quirky little ginnels and yards with hidden gems round every corner. It is very much a Cumbrian town although it is near the border with Lancashire. We have several self catering cottages in and around Kirkby Lonsdale and have put together a guide to eating out in the area.
Right in the heart of town half way up a cobbled hill is the Sun Inn. It must be difficult to find a more traditional or characterful pub for miles. The Sun Inn is a 17th century inn with creaky oak floors, roaring real fires and sumptuous leather seating.
The Highwayman is an 18th century coaching inn, now considered to be a landmark destination thanks to the inspiring menu featuring many regional specialties. The Highwayman is a few miles out of Kirkby Lonsdale in Nether Burrow and can be combined with a walk along the scenic river Lune.
If you take a leisurely walk north along the river, you will eventually reach the village of Casterton. The Pheasant is a newly refurbished pub with a comfortable welcoming atmosphere. It is a great Sunday afternoon pub with an open fire and seasonal menu. Well behaved dogs welcome in the bar.
The Kings Arms is in the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale. It is another traditional pub with a warm, friendly atmosphere and a really impressive inglenook fireplace. The Kings Arms is dog friendly and provides treats for 4 legged customers. Food is served all day as well as a selection of local ale.
For child friendly dining, there is the rather bright Emily’s Bistro in the centre of town. You can’t miss it; it’s painted bright pink! The friendly staff love children and there is plenty for kids to do whilst waiting for their food or drinks.
The Plough Inn at Lupton was renovated in 2009 by the team behind the Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite in the Lake District. They have created a comfortable open space with wood burning stoves, character oak beams, antique furniture, and rustic wine caves. Drawing on the successes of the Punch Bowl, the menu features the best of the local traditional fayre dressed up in their own unique fashion.
Avanti is a Mediterranean restaurant with a distinctly rustic Spanish/Italian influence. They open for continental style breakfasts from 9am and then lunch between 12 and 2.30pm. There is a relaxed and lively atmosphere for the evening food from 6.30pm where you can choose from the A la carte or pizza menu.
Lunsedale Bakery is also on Main Street. They make their own artisan breads, a great place to stock up for a picnic or a long walk. They also have an attached tearoom so you can enjoy their freshly baked goods straight away.