Situated in the heart of Kendal town centre The Shakespeare was first offered to let in 1858, and was described as “a Kendal house known by the name of The Shakespeare Tavern with brew house, stables and hayloft”. Throughout the years it has been known and documented as an inn, a tavern and a hotel. The pub sits at the entrance to the old Shakespeare Theatre which closed in 1930’s and is still a popular feature.
The pub is a cosy traditional venue which boasts sofas and comfortable seating, pub games including darts, pool, and dominoes. Round the back you'll find outdoor seating and a secure private car park.
The additional rooms were built as an adjoining building in 1936 and have been subsequently renovated and updated to a consistent high standard throughout the years up to the present day. All rooms are tastefully decorated and all are en-suite.
The Shakespeare Theatre was built in 1829 and was Kendal’s first purpose built theatre. It was designed by John Richardson, a local architect. Edmund Kean, a nationally famous actor played at the theatre in 1832.
Both poverty in Kendal, and pressure from the Quakers, Presbyterians and Temperance groups, forced the theatre to close five years after opening. It continued in use as a ballroom, before being converted to the New Life Community Church in 1994.