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The Punch Bowl Inn
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Low Row, Yorkshire Dales National Park DL11 6PF, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Low Row B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Wonderful - as ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

I have stayed here numerous times and it never fails to please. The staff are very helpful and friendly and even recognise us now! Food is yummy and the views from the very comfortable rooms are second to none.

It represents excellent value for money and has retained the friendly local feel.
Wouln not stay anywhere else in the area.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

Our second stay at this country dining pub just outside Reeth. We had an even better room this time – a superior, room 8 (we were in room 1 last time).

The room was large, and like before, eccentrically decorated (chandeliers matched with a wooden thistle carved bed head and basket weave bedside lamps!), but it just adds to the charm. The bathroom was huge and like the bedroom, very clean (except the bathroom blind, which needed a dust!). We were front-facing and the views were magnificent down Swaledale.

We met up with friends for dinner in their restaurant. The food is of good quality and there is an imaginative menu. As on previous occasions, they often sell out of certain items – usually fish based dishes – and so it was again on this occasion. However, as the cooking was so good we will forgive them – all four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. They did seem to be a bit stretched on service and ordering took a little time. Once we had done so, the food arrived promptly. Our only disappointment was that a very noisy group were just behind us, so this rather dampened our evening, but it wasn’t the hotel’s fault and we should probably have asked to be moved.

The following morning, we had an excellent breakfast, served by a very cheerful waitress. We love the fruit coulis, fresh fruit and homemade bread.

We really like this place and very much look forward to yet another visit there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

I am a well seasoned traveller and have stayed in a great many hotels across the world over many years. I am lucky that my business allows me to stay and dine in some great places. The PBI is amongst the best and one of the few that I have felt the need to take the family back to after first staying there on business. I first stayed there a few years ago shortly after refurbishment and always try to get back there any time I am on business or leisure. The excellent bar is relaxed and well stocked and the restaurant offers a warm and welcoming environment to enjoy some of the most memorable meals I can recall. A real oasis in North Yorkshire excellent venue to either hike, relax or enjoy a night out - 10 out of 10

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

Offering a relaxed yet excellent service, with a very comfortable room, food of a high standard and a decent pint. Combine this with one of the finest locations you could wish to find and you get the complete package for a wonderful short break or longer.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

The first thing you notice about The Punch Bowl – should you approach ‘blind’ guided by sat nav – is that the inn is nowhere near Richmond itself. In fact it's nearly 15 miles away. This is undoubtedly a good thing, because, nice as Richmond is, the hamlet of Low Row blows it out of the water. The rugged views stretching out across the valley are superb and unmistakably Dales.

The exterior of the building itself is every bit as much a product of its environment. A rather rustic dry stone structure on the outside, it actually conceals a relatively contemporary interior that’s perhaps not the olde worlde pub some may expect. Upstairs, the room continued this theme. The website describes them as ‘boutique’, but you can forget any notions of the more avant-garde design hotels you find on the continent; this is boutique Yorkshire-style.

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with the room and it exuded charm with the sound of the spring trickling away out the back and the top of the valley visible through the window. Being picky for a second, the cracks in the wall and the dust on the bathroom units did feel like something of a disappointment having splashed out on a ‘superior room’ as part of a special break. It was nonetheless a nice place to be.

The food in the evenings was good, as hordes of local visitors seemed to prove. It was fairly standard gastro-pub fayre, but none the worse for that. Pricing was competitive with the £20 per person per night included in our short break tariff happily covering two courses in most cases. The selection of beers wasn’t huge, but it offered good quality with local brands like Black Sheep available on tap.

There are no areas in which The Punch Bowl fails, but personally I didn’t find the pub itself excelled in many either. It is nicer than most BnBs, but it’s also somewhat more expensive. What’s more it seemed to occupy the middle ground between country pub and boutique hotel somewhat uneasily. The location, however, provides a much needed injection of charisma. The rest you could get elsewhere for the same sort of price, but its position just above the quiet road that meanders its way through Swaledale is priceless.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

Just returned from a very comfortable, one night stay at The Punch Bowl Inn. The Inn has been sympathetically restored, with a good bar area (with a good choice of cask ales) and separate dining room (although you can eat in the bar too).

We were in Room 1 on the first floor. This room was spacious (and spotlessly clean), with views down the valley, and a large bathroom, with shower (no bath). The bathroom had good quality toiletries – Molton Brown – and the shower was excellent – lots of power and the water hot. Tea & coffee could be made in the room, and fresh milk in the guest lounge refrigerator on the next floor (along with plenty of tea & coffee should you run out). The bed was king size and very comfortable. We are not sure why there was a four poster ‘feature’ over the bed. It served no purpose and looked ridiculous, as did the ‘mini chandelier’ – see photo. We also thought the room would have benefitted from a 2nd chair, and maybe some blinds as the curtains had to be closed when dressing. However, these are very minor points (and maybe our personal taste), and the room was very comfortable and clean, and good value for money (£95 bed & breakfast).

Dinner (and the service) in the evening was excellent, with plenty to suit all tastes. Breakfast the following morning (and again, service) was also top notch – homemade yoghurt & fruit coulis, fresh fruit, cereals etc and hot breakfast cooked to order. The homemade bread was so good that along with poached eggs, we did not eat again until the evening.

The hotel is well located – half-way between Reeth and Muker. There is some great walking to be had in the area and we enjoyed our stay so much that we hope to return in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

A gem with real character - excellent food, great welcome and stylish rooms. Nice touches like mouton & brown toiletries, quality furniture and a relaxed atmosphere - highly recomended, as is sister hotel the CB Inn, where we used to stay just up the road.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Low Row, Yorkshire Dales National Park DL11 6PF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Low Row
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Low Row
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Punch Bowl Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
17th-century inn, located in Low Row, Swaledale. Ideal base for walking and touring the northern dales. The coast to coast walk is on our doorstep. Re-opened in 2006, we offer 11 comfortable en-suite bedrooms. Stripped pine furnish the bar and restaurant. Our mirror menu changes daily reflecting the seasonal local produce from dales suppliers. A relaxed and informal environment in which to enjoy good food served along with local beers such as Black Sheep and Theakstons. ... more   less 
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The Punch Bowl Hotel Richmond
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