Pentonbridge Inn is located close to the Scottish border but within easy reach of Carlisle and…
“Winning combination of contemporary and traditional looks and precise modern dishes.” - AA Inspector
This is a startlingly attractive part of the country, with big skies and sweeping views, and the beautifully renovated, white-painted coaching inn sits in a wonderfully rural location, just about on the English side of the border. Inside, it’s a winning combination of the sturdily traditional enhanced by cool contemporary looks, with a soothingly neutral palette of greys and yellows, exposed stone and pale wood. Log burning stoves create a warm, welcoming feel, and the friendly staff are knowledgeable and attentive. Over the last six years the Pentonbridge has built a sound reputation for fine food, and much of the produce that finds its way into the kitchen and onto your plate is grown in the stunning walled kitchen garden at Netherby Hall, just down the road, where glasshouses full of tomatoes and grapes, and neat beds of every kind of fruit and vegetables are lovingly tended and cosseted, before contributing to some fabulous modern British cooking. Guests create their own bespoke tasting menus from the best produce available, and there’s also a choice of wine flights. A spring meal could begin with ‘cheddar, onion, ale’ – contrasting textures of a rich and creamy velouté with crispy onions and the snap of a filled biscuit. A hand-dived Orkney scallop is paired with Jerusalem artichoke three ways, while a perfectly timed piece of Vadouvan spiced North Sea halibut comes with the earthy flavours of morels and salsify for added bite. Cumbrian Shorthorn beef is cooked pink and packed with flavour, complemented by a rich jus. A crisp lamb sweetbread dish works well, with marrowbone adding to the richness of the dish, while wonderful creamed potatoes are a real indulgence to round off a great plate of food. Rhubarb with coconut and gingerbread has various textures and contrasting flavours that create a refreshing dessert.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 26
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 13
- Wines over £30: 36
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: British, International
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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