The Royal Hotel
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The Royal Hotel, Kirkby Lonsdale
Located in the Market Square at the heart of the gorgeous old town of Kirkby Lonsdale, the Royal Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the outstandingly beautiful landscapes of the Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria borders.
This elegant Georgian town house hotel has been sympathetically restored to provide luxury accommodation within easy walking distance of the town’s most popular attractions – including the famous Ruskin’s View.
Situated in the picturesque Lune Valley, where the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks converge, Kirkby Lonsdale offers guests the best of both town and country.
The Royal Hotel’s accommodation comprises 14 individually decorated bedrooms arranged over three floors. Dating back to mid 18th century, the rooms are delightfully distinctive, with no two bedrooms being exactly alike.
All rooms have en-suite facilities – although the smaller ones dispense with a bath – and the differing levels of space and accommodation are recognised in the tariff. The Dowager Queen Adelaide slept at what was then the Rose & Crown Inn in 1840, an auspicious occasion which subsequently led to the building’s change of name to the Royal Hotel.
Food and Drink
Occupying one side of a bustling market square, the Royal is at the heart of town and its well-stocked bar is at the heart of the hotel. Secure a comfy armchair by the windows, order a coffee, grab the ‘papers and it’s a delightful spot for watching the comings and goings at the heart of this traditional farming community.
Food is served at lunchtimes until 2.30pm and in the evenings from 6pm to 9.30pm and the menu offers something for everyone: from artisan pizzas and tapas-style nibbles to a three-course Sunday roast.
Served daily between 2pm and 5pm, Afternoon Tea has become something of a Royal institution while the promise of a platter and glass of Prosecco often proves too much of a temptation after a long day hiking on the hills.
Proud to be Cask Marque Accredited
The Royal Hotel was most recently awarded ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in the serving of Cask Ales. The awarding body ‘Cask Marque’ is an independent company funded by brewers, pub groups and trade bodies with the aim of improving beer quality through an accreditation scheme. The Cask Marque award itself is an award for pubs which serve excellent quality cask ale.
The accreditation process requires an assessor to come to the site on two occasions in a four-week period, to try out samples from every beer on the bar at The Royal Hotel. Each beer is then given a mark out of 20 for clarity/taste/temperature and aroma, each section worth 5 points. The Royal Hotel was pleased to achieve a high score for the assessment of which, General Manager Damian Atkins is exceptionally proud of,
“It’s a great reflection of the service and quality product we offer at The Royal Hotel. The idea of obtaining a ‘Cask Marque’ accreditation is fundamental to us as a business. Showing that we offer our customers quality beers and a pat on the back to us for knowing our stuff! Obviously, there are always areas which we can improve on, which we will, of course, keep working on, but for now, let’s celebrate this great achievement so far!”
The Cask Marque plaque will shortly be displayed on the walls of The Royal Hotel. As if you needed any other reason to visit us, now you know you will be getting a quality pint every visit, cheers to that!
Things to Do
The bustling town of Kirkby Lonsdale is at the heart of the local farming community and the weekly market takes place right outside the Royal every Thursday. Main Street is home to dozens of quirky independent retailers and numerous footpaths lead straight out of town into the beautiful Lune Valley. Further afield, the spectacular scenery of the Lakeland Fells or the Yorkshire Dales are less than 30 minutes away by car.