Kirkstile Inn

Fine location for this well run, popular inn with busy bar, own-brewed beers, good food and friendly welcome; bedrooms


Accommodation available
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Own brew
Separate restaurant
Disabled access
Disabled loos
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 12-2, 6-9; light bites 2-4.30

Typical main dish: slow-roasted Lakeland lamb shank

Typical main dish price: £18.00

Average two course evening meal price: £22.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales
  • Own brew

Price of cheapest bitter: £3.00

Name of cheapest bitter: Esthwaite

Number of bedrooms: 10

Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00

  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in the bar

Pub pets: Dogs in bar to 6pm.

The good pub guide review

Hunkered against the foot of Mellbreak Fell, this well run, extremely popular 16th-c inn is surrounded by stunning walks and also on the popular C2C cycle route. The main bar has a cosy atmosphere thanks to a roaring log fire, plus low beams and carpeting, comfortably cushioned small settles and pews, partly stripped stone walls, board games and a slate shove-ha'penny board. As well as their own-brewed Cumbrian Legendary Esthwaite Bitter, Langdale, Loweswater Gold, Vanilla Oatmeal Stout and a seasonal guest on handpump, they keep nine wines by the glass and 20 malt whiskies; staff are kind and efficient. The stunning views of the peaks can be enjoyed from picnic-sets on the lawn, from the very attractive covered verandah in front of the building and from one of the rooms off the bar. The 11 newly refurbished bedrooms are comfortable and breakfasts are especially good. Dogs are allowed in the bar only and not during evening food service.

The good pub guide food review

Very nicely cooked food includes quality sandwiches, locally smoked chicken, serrano ham and parmesan salad with hazelnut pesto, steak and ale pie with home-made chips or mash, venison and black pudding sausage with mustard and whisky cream, spicy vegetable chilli, and puddings such as vegan chocolate brownie, sticky toffee pudding and lemon pannacotta.

2021 Awards

Licensee Introduction

A WARM WELCOME AWAITS AT OUR FABULOUS LAKE DISTRICT INN, WHICH IS IDEALLY LOCATED AT THE FOOT OF MELLBREAK CLOSE TO LOWESWATER, CRUMMOCK WATER, BUTTERMERE, ENNERDALE AND WHINLATTER FOREST. Kirkstile's team of six chefs are serious about good food. We have a deserved reputation for unpretentious, home-cooked meals and place great emphasis on local Cumbrian and Lake District suppliers. With a seasonal changing menu we always offer a good selection of fish and vegetarian dishes. We also cater for vegans. We offer a choice of eleven bedrooms including seven in the main inn and all of the bedrooms have recently been refubished. Our famous bar can be really busy and always has a great atmosphere! Inside are low beamed rooms with welcoming open fires, good food, willing and friendly service, the same warm hospitality that has always characterised a good English Inn. We have 5/6 real ales from our own brewery on the Bar at any time. Specials as well as Loweswater Gold, Langdale, Esthwaite

Our Food

Led by Head chef Paul Williamson, the talented kitchen team aim to provide great quality food in a relaxed environment. Coming to Kirkstile is not just for a special occasion. We believe that a good night out with home cooked food should be affordable. Traditional dishes such as Shepherds Pie, Lakeland Steak and Ale Pie and slow cooked Lamb Shank feature on our menus throughout the year. Lakeland Fillet Steak and Cumbrian Chicken are always on our highly prized chalk specials board which changes daily. Watch out also for such dishes as Sticky Toffee Pudding and Glazed Lemon Tart. In addition we always have two Roasts on a Sunday A healthy children's menu is always available.

Name of Licensee

Roger Humphreys

Contact Details

Kirkstile Inn, Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0RU


If travelling from Keswick along A66, take the Whinlatter Pass at Braithwaite.Follow B5292 until you give way at a T junction with B5289.Turn left and continue for 3 miles following the signs to Loweswater. At a red telephone box turn left and the Kirkstile Inn is 200 yards along this road. If travelling from Cockermouth take B5289 signposted Lorton. Ignore left turn to High Lorton and proceed towards Low Lorton. Continue for 3 miles following the signs to Loweswater. At a red telephone box turn left and the Kirkstile Inn is 200 yards along this road.

Nearest motorway: M6

Nearest junction: Junction 40

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 10.00am to 11pm

Saturday: 10am to 11pm

Sunday: 10am - 11pm