Heading out on a bracing walk in the Lyth Valley and stopping here for a night of refuelling takes a bit of beating. Pitched in the Lake District and in a place where the setting’s cosy, the atmosphere’s warm and the kitchen dishes up food of a very high standard, the spruced-up Punchbowl carries off weekend family escapes with aplomb: they’ll happily pop z-beds into your room for the kids, and will keep your brood happy with high-quality homemade ice creams and some knockout Sunday roasts and fish and chips. All dishes are prepared with finesse and top-notch ingredients – the food is better than you’ll find in many restaurants. There’s scallops with seaweed butter, Cumbrian lamb loin and seabass with Morecombe Bay shrimp butter sauce, followed by excellent desserts including passion fruit souffle and classic custard tart with nutmeg. You might need to slip into your fat pants after munching on its moreish dripping-fried chips, but who diets on the weekend anyway?