Eating Out….Ruth recommends

CROSBY RAVENSWORTH     15 minutes walk through the fields or by car 3 minutes

The Butchers Arms     (01931 715500)       Our  Local community owned pub was bought by selling shares over a hundred local and not so local investors.   The hands on tenants Jon and Katie are making a real effort to keep our pub successful.   The food is local with a twist, served every day but Monday.     Serving  good craft beers, decent wine as well as tea and coffee.

KINGS MEABURN       5 minutes,  the next village north of  Maulds Meaburn

The White Horse     (CA10 3BU – 01931 714256)          Very small, and old fashioned village pub. Landlord Paul  with chef Jessica serve good value homemade food off the board menu.   You  may feel like you are stepping into a family’s cosy front room, but don’t let that put you off!   Popular Friday night Pie and Pint,  and also regular quiz nights.

Home of the Eden Valley Beer Festival held at the beginning of July.


RAVENSTONEDALE        25 minutes though the countryside south east

The Black Swan ( 015396 23204)      A long standing family run pub with very cosy and traditional. Style. Now with a new, trendy chef, previously working at The Punch Bowl. Crosthwaite.  An interesting menu that is completely seasonal, maybe leaning towards a ‘Heston’ influence.


THE M6 Join at  TEBAY travelling North      15 mins

The Westmorland Hotel. ( 01539 24351  )        The one and only, and best motorway services in Great Britain also have a hotel on the Northbound Services.  Meals are served in the restaurant or by the fire in the bar. All very local food with detailed provenance, served with views out onto the wilds of Shap Fell. We enjoy eating chef Gary’s creations in the relaxed ‘scandi ‘style with not a glimpse of the motorway rushing past.

CLIFTON    25 minutes on the A6 travelling north towards Penrith

The George & Dragon      (CA10 2ER – 01768 865381)  Rejuvenated pub taken back in hand by the Lowther family. Usually busy bar, and large restaurant area. An open kitchen using produce from the estate for modern pub food, all flagged floors, smoky fires and friendly chaos. Seems to be sorting its self out after a mediocre couple of years.

Also its sister Hotel,  Askham Hall, ( 01931 712350 )   This is our choice for a really special night out when you can justify the £65.00 tasting menu.

SKELTON    35 minutes north

Dog and Gun  (CA11 9SE 017684 84301)     A drive out through villages going north beyond Penrith is a treat in itself. We love the food, non traditional, but very local. No alterations since the young family took over except the menu. A great example of the resurrection of a village pub.

PENRITH 25 minutes north

The Lounge  ( CA11 74Y  – 01768 866395 )         Popular with local people of all ages. This busy bar, open all day and evening, is run with precision by The Bowman (of horse driving/ scrap metal fame) family. Speedy tapas style dishes served by efficient and attractive local bar staff. Enjoy people watching with a continuous beating retro sound track.

.DURING  THE DAY       coffee stops and lunch time  eating.

Askham Hall Garden Café..  Lovely fresh made salads from garden produce and consistently good cakes. They also fire up the outside Pizza Oven at lunch time. Sit outside in the kitchen garden or inside in the byre.

Shap Chippy  at Shap.  Our local Fish and Chip Café is open lunch times and early evenings. Great after a swim in the village open air swimming pool.

GreenWheat  Florist  and Fika.  Brunswick Road Penrith.             Also Pop Up restaurant nights with chef Lee.  Our daughter Laura recently opened this modern florists with coffee shop ( Fika is Swedish for coffee with something good to eat and a chat!) Great for a coffee stop or lunch of homemade soup and scrumptious baguettes. Watch the world go by and Laura at work…very relaxing.

The  Mill Yard  Café.  Morland. This café has been a popular meeting place for locals that lunch and walkers for many years. A sofa by the fire or catch the sun in the courtyard, then explore Morland House gardens next door. Saturday night in summer are informal Tapas nights.