None of us had ever been to the Punchbowl before so last Friday night four of us went for a meal expecting the usual pub grub.
Instead we had an excellent meal at pub prices. The menu comprises the common pub dishes (gammon,lasagne etc) but also has more unusual items.
We had 3 different starters,all excellent- big portions for starters too. Black pudding with bacon,mozzarella & peppercorn sauce with salad,celery & stilton soup with a crusty roll & greek meatballs with curried chickpeas, spicy tomato sauce& salad.
Our mains were rump of lamb, 2x pork 3 ways (3 pieces pork all cooked in a different manner), & pigeon breasts in filo pastry with raspberry sauce. Potatoes came according to the main dish (mash or crushed new pots, no one had chips) and our big dish of assorted fresh vegs was correctly cooked. Portions sizes were good.
Pudds (sticky toffee,choc brownie with homemade honeycomb ice cream, American cheesecake with butterscotch sauce) were all good too.
Presentation of the food was of a high standard -more like a restaurant than a pub & much appreciated.Service was very friendly and efficient.
If we had any criticism at all it was that the table we were given was in a cool part of the room away from the log fire. Probably it it was our fault for not wearing warmer clothes.
After all it was a dark,wet January night in an old stone building......
All in all it was worth travelling 20+ miles for an excellent dining experience-one that we will repeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a Restaurant, Pub and Bed & Breakfast located in the picture postcard village of Askham. We offer Twin and Double Rooms all En-suite and would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to escape the mundane pressures and stress of everyday life and enjoy a wonderful break with us in this picturesque region.We serve food from 12 noon through 'til 9pm every day (service hours during winter may vary). Finally, dogs (and children) are always welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Punchbowl Hotel Penrith