Eating

Since living in Cumbria, we have tested several pubs, cafes, restaurants and tea rooms. You can find all the ones we liked in the list below.

Depuis que nous vivons en Cumbria, nous avons testé plusieurs pubs, cafés, restaurants et salon de thés. Vous pouvez trouver tous les endroits que nous avons aimé dans la liste ci-dessous.

Ambleside:
Copper Pot

Small cafe with a nice garden in the inner courtyard. The interior decor is simple and modern, and the nice smell of coffee is powerful and welcoming. The menu is quite varied with vegetarian options as well as fish and unusual meats such as wild boar or venison burger. Lovely cakes as well.

No booking, Only serves breakfast and lunch. https://www.copper-pot.co.uk/

Clifton:
George and Dragon

This pub near Penrith, restored in 2008 by Charles Lowther, is part of the Askham Hall Estate. This restaurant uses only fresh and local products that comes either from their farm at Askham Hall which is about 2 miles away or from the surrounding farmers.

The restaurant is very chic with a clean and modern decor while still keeping a traditional pub atmosphere. The wine list is excellent with reasonable prices. Beer lovers or other cocktails amateurs will also be delighted. As for the menu itself, it has something to please everyone including vegetarians. You can combine a late lunch / early dinner at this restaurant with a visit to the Lowther Castle.

Booking advised, Dogs welcomed in the bar area, https://georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk/

Cockermouth:
AsPAVA

Turkish restaurant in the center of Cockermouth. They have a great choice of vegetarian and vegan options. We love taking a selection of their hot and cold mezes to share.

Booking advised, https://aspavarestaurant.co.uk/

Wellington Farm TeaRoom

Tearoom on the edge of Cockermouth with a lovely view over the fells. The tearoom offers a variety of traditional English dishes with great vegetarians and vegans choices. It also has an amazing selection of cakes and it famous homemade ice cream (with around a dozen of flavours). Local beers such as Tractor Shed beers from Workington are also served.

Additionally, there are plenty of things to do in this farm in addition to the tearoom you will find a small animal park with llamas, a riding school and even some glamping pod to rent. You can even combine your visit to Wellington Farm with a first stop in the Sunday Market / Car boots sale at Mitchells auction building.

Booking advised, https://wellingtonjerseys.com/

Dean:
Royal Yew

This pub between Workington and Cockermouth serves traditional dishes, more gourmet dishes and even vegetarian and vegan. The ingredients used are local and seasonal. They also have a nice selection of beers from Cumbria and some wines and whisky. It is modernly decorated and comprises several small rooms with only a few tables in each of them making the atmosphere intimate and warm.

Booking advised, Dog friendly, https://royalyew.co.uk/

Embleton:
De Brito Craig’s Wheatsheaf Inn

Situated outside Cockermouth this small restaurant serves gastrofood. The menu changes regularly. Their olive tapenade and cajun skins with blue cheese dip are amazing. In summer they have a nice covered terrasse.

Booking advised, Dog friendly (only tested on the terrasse), https://wheatsheaf-embleton.co.uk/

Keswick:
Java Coffee Shop

I think this one, is my favourite place in Keswick to have a cup of tea and slices of cake. Their hot chocolate is also very nice. They have a large selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolates which they serve with normal or vegetal milk. The cakes are delicious and they also serve some savoury food. The upstairs room is cozy and every time we go, we just want to stay there drinking tea and eating cake. Unfortunately it is sometimes hard to find some spaces as it is small.

No booking, 9h to 17h, Dog friendly, 23 Main Street, Keswick

Lake Road Brunch

This place is perfect for a brunch with friends/family. It has two great sized rooms with enough space to host big tables. Their specialities are pancakes with various toppings and brunches including vegetarian and vegan options. They have a cocktails menu as well and you can even order some sausages for your pet friend.

Booking advised, Dog friendly, Food only 9h to 15h (16h during weekend), https://www.lakeroadbrunch.co.uk/

Lingholm Kitchen

Situated outside Keswick in the village of Portinscale, this tearoom is part of the Lingholm estate. The restaurant serves savoury and sweet food. Their different bread are always delicious. The restaurant is opposite to their walled garden that is free to visit and there is even a path along Derwent water that is easily accessible from the restaurant. The estate is gorgeous. It is a great places to have food after spending the day in the surrounding fells.

No booking, 9h to 16.30h (hot food only until 15h), Dog friendly, https://thelingholmkitchen.co.uk/

Mizu

This restaurant serving asian food is located inside the Lodore Fall Hotel and Spa at the beginning of the Borrowdale valley. The menu has a selection of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai specialities. They have a tasting menu that is really tempting me (To try next time we go). It is possible to combine a morning in the Spa and finish by a nice lunch at Mizu.

Booking advised, https://www.lakedistricthotels.net/lodorefalls/mizu

Loweswater:
Kirkstile Inn

The Kirkstile Inn is a traditional English pub that offers local beers and delicious food all in front of a magnificent view of the Mellbreak Peak. It is located in the village of Loweswater and is therefore a place to stop after a hike around Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere. In their pub, the Kirkstile Inn proposes the beer that they make in their brewery in Hawkshead. They also sell their beers on their website or in the pub. Beers are available for sale in 500 ml bottles or in 5L casks. The beers on offer in the pub change regularly and depend on the season and brewer’s aspirations. The food is very tasty, the products used are local and the dishes quite elaborated for a pub. The garden is also very nice.

Booking advised, Dog friendly (until 17h inside), https://www.kirkstile.com/

Silloth:
Fairydust Emporium tearoom

This tearoom has an unique atmosphere as each room is filled with old objects and toys. The food is simple but good and the cakes are delicious. They serve great teas from John Watt and Son in Carlisle. Silloth promenade is very nice for a walk if you have time.

Booking advised, Dog friendly

Ulverston:
GilliaM’s tearoom

Vegetarian and Vegan tearoom in the center of Ulverston. It has a selection of delicious savoury food and amazing cakes. Great coffee and teas as well. The tearoom adjoins the specialist grocery where it is possible to buy teas, coffee and local produce and Organic fruit and vegetables.

No booking, Dog friendly, http://gillams-tearoom.co.uk/

Whitehaven:
Harbour Master

This pub is the paradise for dogs and dog owners. Situated on the Whitehaven marina’s, the harbour master is a great pub to have a drink with friends. During summer months there is a nice terrasse with the view over the marina. In winter, the large sofas inside the pub are also very welcoming. This pub has a warm atmosphere. Dogs are like at home in the pub. They have some nice local ales and have now they own rum. They organise a quiz night once a month.

No booking, Dog friendly,

The PedDler

This restaurant is located in the newly redeveloped bus station. It is modernly decorated and spacious. The menu changes regularly and the food is tasty. They always have great fish dishes as well as interesting vegetarian and vegan options.

Booking advised, Dog friendly (in the bar area), https://the-peddler.co.uk/