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Crook Road, Kendal LA8 8LX, England
+44 1539 724187
11:00 - 23:00
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There was no Vegan option on the menu. However when I asked, the chef provided one of the best meals I had eaten in a week of walking the Dales Way long distance footpath. Always worth asking what chefs can do, it is in my opinion the test of a good kitchen. The lesser kitchens will not be able to... More 

Thank W4lking
Kendal, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked afternoon tea for the family for Mother's Day. Upon arrival we waited at the bar to speak to a member of staff to find out table. We were told it was not set yet despite the fact the place seemed practically empty. Staff were not friendly, with several walking straight past us as we waited to be seated. Upon... More 

1 Thank Amy_5272
TheGatewayInnKendal, Manager at The Gateway Inn, responded to this review

Dear Miss/Mrs Holland, The whole team at the Gateway are disappointed to read yours and your sisters reviews today after having served well over 100 people for our special Mothers Day menu yesterday, filled with lots of lovely comments about our food and service. I am perplexed has to how you thought you had booked afternoon tea, especially considering the... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't often leave bad reviews on trip advisor however I was so disappointed in this place that I felt I had to. Me and my sister booked this place one week in advance stating that it was for afternoon tea on for Mother's Day. When we arrived with our family today, the staff stated they were not aware it... More 

1 Thank K H
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132 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived here on a mild spring Sunday _ we were warmly welcomed and drinks were brought to our window table _ l started with the French onion soup, it was dark and tasty served with a sheaf of fresh bread, _ breast of chicken with all the trimmings for mains , Huge _ succulent _ no room for pudding!... More 

Thank Margaret Y
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Have stayed several times before for business but this time was looking for a getaway for two couples and this fitted the bill perfectly with a great restaurant and bar and with a great service from the hosts. Really un fault-able

Thank AshtonJon
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Just returned from a three night stay at the Gatway inn, Kendal. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. The bedroom was spacious and comfortable and stylishly decorated, complete with large ensuing bathroom with both shower and bath.The lovely thick towels were changed daily. We enjoyed a tasty well presented dinner on the first night.wine and meal reasonably priced.... More 

Thank Johnp880
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287 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I like the Gateway Inn. It is very conveniently situated just off the A591 at Plumgarths. It is obvious from the road and a very good stopping off point. The bar has been refurbished and is pleasant though, sadly, not always that busy. The draught beers are good and the service cheerful and helpful. the food menu consists of decent... More 

2 Thank RichardVUK
Kendal, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Went for lunch What was listed as a sandwich was served on ONE PIECE OF BREAD which was toasted on one side as it was stale This was accompanied by cheap french fries and everything else looked like bits of leftovers thrown onto the plate So annoyed with myself that I didn't just leave I have lived in the lakes... More 

Thank viviencox
Kendal, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Took my parents and daughter to The Gateway Inn to celebrate some good news! The decor is beautiful, we were pleasantly surprised having not visited since refurb. We ordered Soup and Sanwiches. When served, we thought the waitress had made a mistake and brought out a Soup someone had finished. There was the equivalent of 4 spoonfuls of soup in... More 

Thank elainebateman26
Kendal, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

we recently visited the gateway for lunch. we didnt realise that it is only carvery on a sunday and we didnt want that as we were just calling for a small lunch. the lady working in the restaurant was called sally and she spoke to the chef to see if we could possibly have something different, which the chef agreed... More 

Thank lenipoole

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crook Road, Kendal LA8 8LX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Kendal
  • Phone Number: +44 1539 724187

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?