Places to Eat


These are our recommendations. We have found over time that these places usually perform as we expect but, unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the day to day quality.

Some of these places provided Take Away earlier, but the situation is changing all the time, so we suggest you check their websites for latest update. Some currently also have limited opening times, but again that might change soon and get back to “normal”.

Places to eat nearby

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel in Dockray

Our local pub across the valley, and a place that usually gets good feedback. Has a large outside seating area. There is an Arts Cafe, with delicious cakes and scones, as well as sculptures and paintings from local artists, including Michelle Castles. She has her studio next to the cafe and welcomes guests to look in if she is around.

The Horse and Farrier in Dacre

An 18th century pub around Little Mell Fell which has recently been tastefully refurbished whilst still retaining a real pub feel. We get consistently good feedback on their food, which is the best of the local pubs.

The Horse and Farrier in Dacre,
The Herdwick Inn

The Herdwick in Penruddock

Another traditional pub. After several ownership changes, this establishment is now back on the map for evening meals with some promising comments.

Troutbeck Inn

A revitalised pub with a varied menu and friendly owners.

Troutbeck Inn

Places to eat in Keswick

We usually don’t recommend eating places in Keswick, simply because they are too numerous to keep a proper track of, but in the current situation, we thought this link will be useful.

Special places to eat

George and Dragon

George and Dragon in Clifton

In their own words ‘When you visit the George and Dragon in Cumbria, you can enjoy a pint of local ale, relax with a glass of fine wine and indulge in the Lowther produce, feeling that you’re somewhere rather unique’. A pub cum restaurant that uses local produce as much as possible. We get excellent feedback on the food quality and the price/value relationship.

Askham Hall

Their sister property at Askham Hall has lunches based on their own pizza oven, which is handy if you are visiting Lowther Castle and gardens or want to eat outside. The main restaurant in the Hall has newly been rewarded a Michelin Star.

Askham Hall
Four and twenry | Lowthwaite B&B

Four & Twenty

Four & Twenty, based in Penrith. A restaurant with excellent seasonal menus in a casual setting. Good fixed price lunches too. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Cottage in the Woods

Cottage in the Woods in Whinlatter Forest. ‘Stunning views, local Herdwick hogget, bold cooking – it’s almost enough to make a man take up hill walking’ Jay Rayner. An award winning restaurant with a Michelin star and beautiful views of Skiddaw.

Cottage in the Woods | Lowthwaite B&B
1863 Restaurant with Rooms

1863 Restaurant with Rooms

A restaurant known for “fine dining” with an emphasis on modern British cuisine. Small portions but an innovative and changing menu.