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14 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4SX



Opening times
Sun-Thurs 11am - 11pm
Fri-Sat 11am - 1am

THe history

Welcome to Ye Olde Fleece – Kendal’s oldest surviving inn

Ye Olde Fleece is well-known in the South Lakes area for being one of the oldest remaining pubs in Kendal. Recorded as being built in 1654 – a date which appears on the adjacent building and was part of the original inn.

As you can imagine, the pub is full of rich history and character.

Originally called the Golden Fleece, the building is one of only a few remaining historic timber-framed structures in the town and, as such, holds Grade II Listed status.


A stagecoach staging post, an old butchers

Various accounts of Ye Olde Fleece make reference to the building being a butchers in one of its early incarnations – this would be in keeping with the area to the rear of the Inn, which was Kendal’s Old Shambles.

The Old Shambles was where many of the town’s butchers were to be found and a busy part of the Auld Grey Town.

With only a handful of letting rooms, the Fleece was not the largest of Kendal’s inns but, nevertheless, it played an important role with plenty of stabling for traveller’s horses.

Over the centuries, the inn has remained a key part of the community and today is run by Westmorland Hospitality. Josh and Chris have a passion for great hospitality, fantastic food and outstanding service.


The next chapter for Ye Olde Fleece Inn

Much of the historic fabric of the Fleece has been retained during the most recent renovations, with sympathetic use of colour, fixtures and fittings introduced to enhance the charm of the old building.

The overall emphasis of the current incarnation of Ye Olde Fleece Inn is on creating a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere whilst highlighting the traditional features throughout where guests can enjoy wonderful food in the new Herdwick Restaurant or in the main bar, along with a great selection of real ales, continental and craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends very soon.


our story



Fresh Fare

We have a passion for what we put on your plate and are delighted to introduce a fresh new approach to pub food at the Fleece.

Our investment in a completely new state-of-the-art kitchen is complemented by our team of professional chefs.

The menu will be a moveable feast featuring the best seasonal produce sourced from suppliers across the region, including Lakes Speciality Foods, McClures, Momma's Foods and Cartmel Valley Game.

We’ll feature a range of familiar pub classics, each recreated and cooked with the same care and attention to detail as everything else we do at Ye Olde Fleece Inn.

Have a drink
at the bar

Whether you are calling in after a walk in the hills or dressing up for an evening out you are very welcome at the Fleece for drinks. We have worked hard to pick a great range of interesting and delicious drinks to tantalise the taste buds which we are sure you will enjoy. Tables available in the bar, lounge and pub areas as well as outside.

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