The following outlets have been recommended by a local food and beer enthusiast, Brian Maudling, who has lived in Whitehaven all of his life. Brian is also on the committee of the West Cumbria branch of CAMRA :


  • Zest
  • The Peddler
  • Annas
  • Akash (Indian)
  • Casa a Roma (Italian)
  • No 11 (in the Market Place)

Pubs that do decent food

  • The Vagabond
  • The Yellow Earl
  • The Whittington Cat
  • Castle Knights
  • The Globe
  • Sunny Hill

Pubs in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2023

The Candlestick

The Lowther Club (open to non-members, excellent beer)

Eating places worth driving to (essential to book) :

The Wheatsheaf at Embleton – superb modern cuisine. Tel 017687 76416

Woodlands Hotel, Ireby – owned and run by a first class chef-patron and his wife, originally from Guernsey. Tel 016973 71791

Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater – superb country pub, own beers and great home cooked food. Tel 01900 85219

Bassenthwaite Lake Station is a cafe and special events venue.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea aboard the replica of the Orient Express train that was used in the latest version of this famous movie, based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Tel 017687 76599