Nestled on the edge of the picturesque town of Kendal is The Gateway at Kendal; a beautiful looking pub right on at the entrance “gateway” to the Lake District. Recently the pub had reopened following a huge renovation, so my mum and I decided to go and check out the new look and new menu.
We arrived at lunchtime on a Saturday without a booking to a very busy and full pub – always a good sign!
As we had no reservation we were advised that there would be a 45 minute wait for a table. So we grabbed a couple of drinks and perched ourselves on a bar table while we waited.
There was a fantastic range of cask ale on the bar along with an extensive wine list. But with a teetotal mum and my Whole 30 diet we ended up ordering a non alcoholic beer and a water. My mum was very impressed to see they served non alcoholic beer – something that all pubs need to learn to offer!
We relaxed, chatted and admired the beautiful decor – both loving the greige/ heritage colour scheme with some beautiful prints and wallpapers. My favourite was definitely the pheasant printed chairs by the roaring log fire – so cute!
After half an hour we were presented with the lunch menu to choose from. A pretty extensive lunch menu it’s filled with sandwiches, platters, grilled meats and a great value set menu. I loved the sound of Pulled Pork and Sweet Balsamic Open Sandwich, the Cumbrian Cheese Platter with Homemade Chutneys, and the Traditional Beer Battered Fish and Chips looked fantastic – the many we saw come out of the kitchen. However I decided on the Supreme Of Chicken with Sage & Onion Mash, Veg and Chicken Jus. My mum chose the Braised Lamb Shoulder Shepards Pie.
Even though the pub was still a little busy our food arrived within 15-20 minutes of ordering. Both plates were pulled high with a generous portion and both looked as good as they sounded on the menu. My mum, knowing what I’m like, refrained from tucking in straight away so I could take the obligatory photos of the food – ready to load to Instagram!
My chicken was cooked to perfection and the mash was full of flavour and amazingly smooth. Mum said the lamb in her shepards pie was also perfect, succulent and hearty. We both struggled to finish our portions but rose to the challenge!
Feeling full from our mains we passed on desserts – even though I could hear the Chocolate Brownie whispering my name (damn you Whole 30 diet). We settled on a pot of Earl Grey tea to finish our meal.
The inn has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with welcoming staff who seem like they bend over backwards for their customers – even when it’s busy. We noticed that staff greeted everyone who entered and checked to ensure everyone’s meal was satisfactory – great customer service for a place that has only just reopened!
I settled the bill at the bar and we both left promising to return again soon!