Some interesting pubs and restaurants
There are many great, dog-friendly, cosy, traditional and modern pubs and restaurants in the western Lakes. This is but a sample of some we've enjoyed visiting nearby …. (Please check for any Covid restrictions before visiting).
The White Mare - (sadly, closed temporarily)
Unfortunately, The White Mare is currently closed but we hope will be re-opening soon. Please check our website for the latest information for this venue.
The Royal Oak
Beckermet's very own traditional local pub, The Royal Oak, is re-opening in May 2021 with a brand new facelift, and it's just a few steps up the road from the Treehouse! Serving fine ales, beverages and bar meals, the premises will also have a village shops for essential grocery items and snack food.
Five minutes’ drive away in Calderbridge is The Stanley Arms where the river-fronted beer garden is known as the Best in Cumbria. Set in a lovely, tranquil tree-lined setting next to the bridge, the pub is well known for good food.
The garden is the highlight however (in our opinion). Last time we visited was on a sunny evening when a small group of children down at the riverside were having great fun skimming stones whilst their parents tried to entice them over to the table where the food was waiting … without much success!
Gosforth (9 mins) is a popular Lakeland village with several pubs and an excellent pizza restaurant. Towards the east of the village is The Gosforth Hall Inn named pub of the year 1017 by the West Cumbria branch of the Campaign for Real Ale where in good weather you can enjoy their great beer garden. This is the venue for occasional beer festivals and live music.
As you enter the village from the Calderbridge direction you’ll find two well established pubs – the newly refurbished The Lion and the Lamb and The Globe Inn. The former is popular with a young clientele and affords a nice vantage point for sitting outside and watching the world go by (please note, the venue was closed for refurbishment in April 2021 but will hopefully be reopening soon). The Globe Inn is more traditional but unfortunately (or fortunately, if you think pubs are for drinking only!) it doesn’t offer food.
Diagonally opposite the Globe Inn is The Wild Olive restaurant (https://thewildolive.co.uk/)which we highly recommend if you like wood fired pizza and a modern take on traditional Italian food. The venue is very well run and serves all day (from 11am Tue-Sat, lunch from 12pm-2.15pm and Evening menu from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Sun from 5pm-9pm, closed Mondays).
It’s also pet-friendly (as most venues are in The Lakes) but it’s best to book as they will need to reserve the (very comfortable) table at the entrance for you if you have a dog in tow.
If you want to visit a real locals’ pub, The Kellbank is popular with good, locally sourced food served in the bar or restaurant. There’s also a children’s playground, breakfast, real ales and a variety of gins available. If you want a rest from cooking, there’s a great takeaway service including a delicious takeaway Sunday roast. Families and dogs are welcome. There’s even a special place for parking your pony if you have one. (www.thekellbank.co.uk/)
Nether Wasdale is the gateway to Wasdale and is a beautiful village with superb views. Here, you’ll find two traditional pubs standing opposite each other. The Strands Hotel, (www.strands-brewery.co.uk), a former post house dating from the 18th century, is famous for its great atmosphere, real fires, hand cut chips, steak and ale pie and Sunday Roast with a selection of real ales, some of which are brewed in the village microbrewery. The pub also hosts a beer festival with live bands etc in May every year. Across the road, the Screes Inn is a bit more rustic with slate floors, wood burning stoves and of course, real ales, also served by the microbrewery. The food is homely and staff very friendly (at both venues). www.thescrees.co.uk/
The Wasdale Head Inn is a famous watering hole and refuge in remote Wasdale. For many who have scaled the heights of Scafell Pike, Great Gable or other major peaks it provides a warm and welcome respite from the elements. Surrounded by spectacular scenery the Inn’s famous Ritsons Bar and Residents’ bar is usually buzzing with people enjoying the hearty and wholesome bar meals and real ales, In wetter conditions the atmosphere may be a bit steamy as the rain drips off the clothes of walkers congregating in front of the fire. However, in more clement weather the stunning views can be enjoyed from the garden and its beck-side tables.
The Boot Inn
Boot, Eskdale Valley, Cumbria CA19 1TG Tel:01946 723711
Cask Ales, atmosphere and award-winning food in abundance.
Brook House Country Inn
Boot, Eskdale CA19 1TG Tel: 019467 23288
Cosy and warm pub with real fires. Imaginative menu including vegetarian options and puddings!
Traditional homely inn with a wood beamed bar and restaurant serving great British food.
Whitecroft, Santon Bridge, HolmrookCA19 1UX
The Fox and Hounds, Ennerdale Bridge CA23 3AR
Lovely newly refurbished pub about one and a half miles from the lake in the centre of the village opposite the church. Large, secluded beer garden and cosy bar with two welcoming log fires. An excellent selection of ales and hearty, traditional pub food from locally sourced ingredients.
The Shepherd’s Arms Hotel
Kirkland Road, Ennerdale Bridge CA23 3AR Tel: 01946 861 249
An old farmhouse in the centre of Ennerdale Bridge offering a friendly welcome in a traditional Lakeland style. Open from 5pm Mondays to Thursdays and from 12noon on Fridays to Sundays when food is served all day. Delicious Sunday roasts are available.
Ennerdale Country House House Hotel
A grade II listed building set in five acres of landscaped gardens and Italian fountains. An extensive A la carte menu is available in the Fountain Room restaurant overlooking the garden.
The Bower House
Welcoming coaching inn with real fires and conservatory annex, lovely beer garden, great village location and views. Interesting menu and excellent food. Dog and people friendly. Open Mon to Sat 12.30pm to 2.30pm & 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Sunday 12pm to 8.30pm. Bar is open every day from 12noon to 10pm. Booking strongly advised. It's well worth a visit!
Eskdale, HolmrookCA19 1TD Tel: 019467 23244
For a complete change of scenery, the dramatic coastal resort of St Bees has many pubs and restaurants and (apparently) a lively night life. We can recommend the Queens Hotel on 129-130 Main Street, CA27 0DE where there’s a cosy, country pub atmosphere with oak beams, fires and swish beer garden. Specialises in real ales, wines and home cooked food – the fish and chips looked delicious!
Try Anna’s Cafe Bar overlooking the Marina for great coffee, food and luminous cocktails. http://annaswhitehaven.co.uk/. There’s lots of down to earth, traditional locals as well as gin and cocktail bars
If you’re a ‘Spoons’ devotee, the nearest Wetherspoon pubs are:
Henry Bessemer (13.7 miles)
New Oxford Street
The Bransty Arch (7.9 miles)
The Chief Justice of Common Pleas (18.4 miles)
2 Bank Street
For a posh meal …
The Trout Hotel in Cockermouth is very swish with a gourmet menu. The WestLakes Hotel at Seascale also has refined dining in the setting of a beautiful Georgian house. Nearer to home, the Sella Park Country Hotel is just a few minutes' drive away at Calderbridge with tranquil gardens leading down to the river and restaurant.
Unfortunately, we haven’t visited all the pubs and restaurants in the area (yet!), so guests’ contributions would be very welcome!
Eat Out to Help Out
The Government has introduced a new scheme to help encourage people to eat out in food and drink establishments now they are opening up again. This scheme that runs from 3rd to 31st August enables you to get 50% off up to the value of £10 per person in any participating establishment on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the month so there's never been a better time to eat out. The Western Lakes has a fabulous selection of places to eat and drink.
Here's a link to the participating restaurants to date.