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The Plough Inn
Cow Brow
Cumbria LA6 1PJ
Tel: + 44 (0)15395 67700
From £95 per room per night including continental breakfast.
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The Plough Inn

Lupton, Cumbria, England

 Boutique pub with rooms

A gay friendly Lake District inn with a strong history and sense of place, recently updated to provide luxurious rooms and a restaurant.

“One of the best new pubs with rooms.” The Sunday Times

“Cumbria’s most thoroughly modern boutique pub grub.”  The Guardian


An easy to find location on the A65, just off the M6, in the village of Lupton in the South Lakes. A perfect base for exploring the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

The thriving market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is less than ten minutes drive away. Just over four hour’s drive from London and just over an hour’s drive from Manchester. The nearest train station is Oxenholme Lake District which is a 10 minute drive in a taxi.

About The Owners

The Plough was rescued in June 2009, by Richard Rose who also owns the award winning Punch Bowl in Crosthwaite. After a labour of love, it opened 12 months later but not until the place was stripped, gutted, a few walls ripped out, the floors came up and the roof came down. The result is well worth the trouble and loved by locals and visitors to the area alike. Richard who grew up in nearby Hawkshead is passionate about local food and hospitality and is also a big believer in training and mentoring new talent in the Cumbrian hospitality sector. 

  • What We Like

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  • The staff, led by Abi, are youthful, friendly and happy to help with anything – nothing is too much trouble.
  • Relaxed feel – the design, the furnishings and the staff all combine to help you unwind and relax. The pub and restaurant is also popular with locals which creates a good atmosphere. And after all that Lakeland walking, it is so lovely to have a great meal and then slope off upstairs to bed.
  • Huge, huge bathrooms and at the back the rooms are very quiet.
  • Small touches – they bring tea and coffee to your room before breakfast at no extra charge.
  • The small plate selection with its international feel is a refreshing change from the usual big pub meals. There is the option of larger meals too for famished walkers. Both menu and wine list are extensive so plenty of choice. You can also order wine served in three glass sizes which is a great idea.
  • Great walks from the door. There is also a good circular walk of four and a half miles to Ingleton Falls from just outside Kirkby Lonsdale. Not too strenuous but enough to blow the cobwebs away and with the reward of the truly spectacular 30m waterfalls. You can also catch some amazing views from Farleton Knott with a lazy man walk of just under two hours or visit Ruskin’s View in Kirkby Lonsdale.
  • The thriving and proud market town of Kirkby Lonsdale has some great independent shops and galleries including Churchmouse Cheeses (winner of the 2010 Best New Cheese in Britain Award, the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company, Bath House Toiletries, and the Finestra Gallery. If you like the interiors and furnishing at The Plough then nip next door to Dorothy Wightman’s interior barn for a great selection of fabrics and furnishings.

  • Five spacious, airy and luxurious classic rooms and suites with a calm earth tone decor. Deep comfortable king size beds with quality linen. The rooms are named after local landowners dating back to the Domesday book. Most of the rooms overlook the fields at the back and are very quiet. Free Wifi, DVD and flat screen TV.
  • The en-suite bathrooms are huge with a stand alone roll tap bath and a walk-in rain shower. Under floor heating on limestone floors, feature lighting, Bath House bathroom products and robes complete the luxury feel.
  • A large bar with sink-in comfy sofas, slate, scrubbed wood, beams and woodburning stoves provides the country pub feel you hope to find. There are a selection of fine beers, local hand pulled ales, and an impressive wine list (and two rustic wine caves) with many served by the glass. You can eat in here too without having to go into the restaurant.
  • The informal restaurant provides a welcome mixture of tapas-like small plates with an international feel as well as traditional locally sourced Cumbrian fare. So choose from prawn tempura and tuna rolls through to a hearty steak or Cumbrian lamb cutlets.
  • Breakfast is served in the bar area and includes plenty of choice from a citrus fruit salad with lime right up to a meaty Cumberland sausage.
  • A turn down service creates a welcome small hotel feel.
  • The Bellingham Suite is dog friendly.
  • Bikes can be hired and delivered.

Jennifer Stubbs : June 2016

What a fantastic find.  Couldn't find a fault with this adorable establishment!  Here's why...the rooms were gorgeous and very comfortable, we stayed in two during our visit - due to a our last minute booking.  The food was stunning as was the customer service.  I will be back and I will recommend The Plough to everyone I know.  Thank you!



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