The Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Inn is a newly refurbished traditional English pub, located in the heart of Kendal town centre – the gateway to the remarkable and breath-taking Lake District National Park. We offer an excellent range of traditional cask ales, beers, lagers, wines and spirits along with an expansive Gin menu. We also offer quality homemade, locally supplied food every lunchtime and evening along with excellent en-suite B&B accommodation in our converted cottages at the rear of the building in a courtyard location.


As of December 2nd, Kendal and South Lakeland will be placed within Tier 2 Restrictions.  This means several significant changes to our business.  We will re-open our business on Thursday 3rd December and adhere to the Tier 2 Restrictions and Government Guidelines.  As of December 3rd, we will be fully operational and will welcome visitors from areas who have been placed in Tiers 1 and 2.  Those of you who are placed in Tier 3, we kindly request that you do not travel as per the Government Guidance.

In a nutshell, we kindly request that, as a Tier 2 area, you follow the rules which we will endeavour to highlight below:-

We will be operating as a restaurant, but can only serve alcohol to those having a substantial meal.  Our food service will operate from 12pm until 9.30pm, with last food orders taken at 9.15pm - Monday to Saturday. Sunday - food will be served from 12pm until 8pm with last food orders at 7.45pm.
During peak times, we will operate 2 hour time slots per reservation and advance bookings are strongly advised.
No 2 households will be able to share a table apart from support bubbles.
Overnight stays are permitted, but we can only accept reservations from Tiers 1 and 2 and from the same household.  Travelling parties from separate households would have to sit separately at meal times.
Track and Trace data capture rules will still apply which under GDPR will be stored for 21 days.
Face coverings must be worn until seated, unless exempt, but we must be shown your official lanyard. 
Our one way flow system still applies, as does our request to sanitise on entry along with our digital thermometer check.
Table service still applies and , once we have received your food order, you will then be permitted to order alcohol.
As a business, we have worked really hard to implement all the necessary Covid secure sanctions, whereby we sanitise every table and chairs between use, we use disposable menus and our team constantly sanitise all contact points, such as door handles, PDQ machine, telephones, touch screen till and all associated surfaces in order to keep you and our staff safe. Risk assessments are undertaken each time the Guidance changes and we update our procedures accordingly.

2020 has been a testing time for all and we hope that the end is in sight.

To customers new and old, we wish you all the very best.  Keep safe and stay strong.

Kindest regards
David & Lynne Burgoyne and the Team

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    Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00
    Sun: 12:00 - 23:00


    Breakfast: 08:00 - 10:00 
    Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00
    Dinner: 17:30 - 21:00
    Sat, Sun: 
    Breakfast: 08:00 - 10:00
    Lunch: 12:00 - 21:00


    01539 724069 


    Opening Times

    Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 22:00

    Food Served

    Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 21:30
    Sun: 12:00 - 20:00

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    78 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE