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Cumbria Pubs & Restaurants & Nightlife

When you first think of Cumbria - The Lake District you will almost certainly think of the expanse of Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, the beautiful opportunities touring round the area by car, Beatrix Potter, Ambleside with its shops, Keswick as a base to climb Skiddaw and visiting the places that Wordsworth and many of our greatest poets used for inspiration. But there is another fascinating and enjoyable side to the Cumbria - The Lake District story and that is its great tradition for very special food and drink.

A quick tour around the region soon shows us that Cumbria – The Lake District has a fascinating range of food and drink on offer. The Cumberland Sausage, Kendal Mint Cake, Cartmel, home to the adorable Sticky Toffee Pudding, restaurants like Miller Howe with its splendid views overlooking Windermere Lake and glorious gingerbread from Grasmere, home to the original Sarah Nelson recipe, first made in 1854. The Jennings Brewery, located at the Castle Brewery Cockermouth has a fine tradition for brewing real ale and why not try theirs and other beers at one of the areas many fine pubs and gastro pubs. Some worth a special mention are The Black Cock Inn, Broughton-In- Furness and The Watermill Inn, near Staveley, Kendal.

The Black Cock Inn
This charming 16thC coaching inn is locally renowned for the quality of its food and special atmosphere. The menu and daily specials display creativity which is complemented with an extensive wine list and a fine selection of real ales.

Miller Howe
Made famous by chef John Tovey (who remains as a consultant to the hotel), this elegant stalwart of the Cumbrian dining-out scene offers food that balances a slick mingling of textures & flavours served against a stunning view over Windermere to the Langdale Pikes. The six-course dinner menu could include slow-cooked pork belly with butter-braised salsify, shallot purée & candied apple, & roasted Gressingham duck breast with celeriac salad, confit leg meat & orange & cinnamon reduction. Lunch, a three-course, offers a wide choice but always includes something traditional such as deep-fried cod, pont neuf potatoes, pea purée & tartare sauce (a posh take on fish & chips) & there's usually sticky toffee pudding for afters.

The Watermill Inn
Situated in a quiet backwater only 2 miles east of Windermere. The Watermill Inn is an ideal location for touring the Lakes. It is positioned along a peaceful side road just off the A591, Windermere to Kendal road, and surrounded by pleasant walks and beautiful countryside. They serve an excellent range of bar meals and constantly changing chef's specials board. They also offer up to 16 real ales on handpumps from all over the country at any one time, giving you the widest choice in the Lake District. 'Who could ask for more?' CAMRA Good Pub Guide - Best Beer Pub of the Year 2001.