14 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4SX
YE OLDE FLEECE INN
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 1634 – 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.
MAKE A BOOKING
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.