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Punch Bowl Inn, Richmond

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Low Row
Low Row
Postal town: Richmond
DL11 6PF
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Old Boots left this review about Punch Bowl Inn

A long thin pub mainly a restaurant but will cater for casual drinkers. Pleasant modern decor with lots to look at, including some mirrors made from church windows. There are three main rooms, a bar with dining tables, a smaller square room with dining tables with a small oil lamp on each making a change from tea lights and effing candles. At the end is a larger dining room. Four pulls serving decent but not outstanding Black Sheep, Theakstons, Bombardier and Rudgate. Nice views across Swaledale from the front drinking patio. Wittenden and Ale & Hearty have described the atmosphere correctly, like the CB it's mainly a restaurant and to prove it we got a service check from every member of staff when we ate there recently.

On 31st July 2016 - no rating submitted
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. Wittenden left this review about Punch Bowl Inn

This pub has been a highlight in my wife’s family history, but had undergone a lengthy fallow period.We were pleased therefore to hear that it had been bought by the team behind the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale.Accordingly, we all went in for a meal.The food was fine, the welcome, and the fires cold.
We gave it a year and tried again. This time we came in for a pint early on a Friday evening: the fire was lit, but the welcome was chilly: something much more interesting was happening at the back of the bar. We weren’t planning to eat, but they didn’t know that.
There were a few couples in, but it was hardly thronged, and no local faces: a pub in such an isolated community such as Low Row should be at the heart of things.
The fixtures and fittings were beautifully made, and clearly no expense was spared in the refurbishment, but the place was soulless, like any trendy city bar.
I really wanted to like this pub, as I’ve heard so many tales of its heydays in the 60s and 70s. I very much doubt if dogs would be welcome, and the Riggwelter was average.

On 13th November 2010 - no rating submitted
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aleand hearty left this review about Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl is a rugged, traditional stone building, over three floors. Dating from the 17th Century, it’s imposingly mounted on a bank, a short way back from the B6270. One half houses the highly regarded restaurant and the other half the bar.

The pub website describes the Inn as ‘contemporary and traditional’, however the balance definitely lies with the former. The bar is a long narrow room, with bare floorboards and walls that are half-panelled and half-plain. There are wall mounted sconce lights and racks of halogen spots. Plain wooden tables and chairs predominate, although there are several tub chairs at the far end, below the menu adorned mirror, next to the fire.

Unfortunately, it all felt rather sterile and cold, more inner-city wine bar than Dales pub. I’m afraid the coldness wasn’t just confined to the decor. On our visit there were four real ales: Theakson’s Best, Black Sheep Best, Landlord and Riggwelter. Although fresh tasting the serving temperature was way too cold, spoiling what was probably a decent pint.

Furthermore, the young (Dutch?) barman was far from welcoming. We called late Sunday afternoon and giving him the benefit of the doubt, he may have been frazzled from lunch service, but his supercilious manner certainly won him no friends.

After two drinks we cut short our visit and left, feeling more than a little bemused. As an unapologetic traditional pub hound, the whole feel of the place was just ‘wrong’, for me. Whist accepting that times have changed and acknowledging the importance of food these days to a pub’s survival, I can’t believe such an unsympathetic refurb was necessary.

Whilst visiting the gents I noticed the Molton Brown hand-wash next to the basin. No doubt the management perceived it as ‘a nice little touch’ but to me it encapsulated the misplaced ethos of the Punch Bowl. Such details as a warm welcome and beer at a decent temperature are far more important.

On 10th December 2009 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Garsdale, 18.34 miles, 5 hr 54 min walk (show)
Kirkby Stephen, 18.44 miles, 5 hr 56 min walk (show)
Dent, 20.63 miles, 6 hr 38 min walk (show)
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4th Mar 2020, 21:17
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4th Mar 2020, 21:15
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  • Car Park : Yes last updated 06 October 2019 by . Wittenden
  • Darts : Yes last updated 06 October 2019 by . Wittenden
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 October 2019 by . Wittenden
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 December 2009 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 October 2019 by . Wittenden
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 December 2009 by Will Larter
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 October 2019 by . Wittenden
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