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History of Ye Olde Fleece Inn

Kendal's oldest inn has quite a tale to tell.

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.

Ye Olde Fleece Inn, Kendal

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 story of Ye Olde Fleece continues

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.

We are delighted to bring great food back to the Fleece. Our Head Chef, James Harvey is passionate about producing modern pub food made from the finest, locally-sourced ingredients.

At Ye Olde Fleece we love to entertain! We offer a full calendar of events, from pop-up cinemas to comedy nights for everyone to enjoy. Visit our What’s On page to see what’s coming up next.

Our cottage at Ye Olde Fleece Inn offers luxury accommodation for up to eight people. Based in Kendal, the gateway to the Lake District, it is the ideal location for exploring the South Lakes.