Michelin votes Punchbowl Inn best food pub

By Emma Eversham

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Michelin votes Punchbowl Inn best food pub
The Punchbowl Inn in Cumbria has been selected as the Michelin Pub of the Year in the 2009 edition of the Eating Out in Pubs guide

The pub in Crosthwaite is one of 563 to be featured in the guide selected for the quality of their cooking.

Head Chef Jonathan Watson’s classical and seasonal cooking, which relies on local produce, captured the heart of Michelin inspectors, along with the “characterful interior features and smart homely furnishings”, community spirit, home-brewed beer and “a handful of luxury accommodation.”

Jenny Sisson, Manager of the Punchbowl said she, the staff and owners were “thrilled to bits” with the title.

“We are so pleased they have chosen us considering we have only been going for three years,” she said.

The pub was bought by Richard Rose and Paul Spencer in 2005. The pair also own the Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside.

Food served at the Punchbowl is modern British with specialities including a baked cheese souffl? and steak and kidney pudding. Michelin was especially impressed by its regional cheese selection.

This year’s Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide​ sees the addition of 84 new pubs. Of the 563 chosen to feature 110 have been given the inspectors’ favourites Bibendum stamp.

Guide editor Derek Bulmer said: “The standard of cooking in British and Irish pubs keeps getting better and better. We are seeing a growing confidence in our culinary heritage, greater use of local, seasonal ingredients and a rediscovery of regional specialities.”

The Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide​ is out today priced £14.99.


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