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    The Brown Horse Inn: Idyllic Location

    by Jannice48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Brown Horse is a lovely pub set in the Winster Valley with beautiful views over the countryside. It is a traditional pub with log fires and low beamed ceilings and serves hand pulled traditional ales.

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    “Scrumptious”: Best Café in Silloth

    by into-thin-air Written Jun 10, 2009

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    Silloth is a charming old fashioned British Seaside Town, Cobbled streets, a huge green, crazy golf, amusement arcade and lots of small cafés.
    The best of these that I have come across is “Scrumptious” of 4 Wampool Street, just off Criffel Street which runs parallel to the green.
    This is a charming little café offering freshly made filled Baguettes, Panini’s and wraps all at a very reasonable price and accompanied with cold or hot drinks including organic (and normal) teas and a variety of fresh coffees
    Don’t miss this charming little café !!

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    The Wheatsheaf: Surly Service....But Good Food

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    On our way back from Northumberland, Easter 2007,we stopped off for a pub lunch. By the time we reached the small village of Wetheral, we were ready for lunch. We opted for the first pub we came across, The Wheatsheaf, which was right on the side of the main village road. Easy parking for the motorhome in it's own carpark.

    The pub is fairly small, with two seating areas, although both in the one room. We were the first customers and the welcome was non too friendly when we asked if food was being served. There were a couple of blackboard menus as well as the main menu. Meals ranged from the fancy fish medley which included tuna and sea bass, to sandwiches and baguettes.

    Favorite Dish: I opted for the char-grilled chicken breast and cheese melt which was in a panini and seved with chunky chips and salad and coleslaw. A massive, delicious meal, served on a huge plate. £5.

    Philip had steak pie, chips and ratatouille, mange tout and carrots. At £6.95 we thought this a little steep but he ate the lot bar the vegs!

    Nick had the all day breakfast (as he would) and this was enormous. Bacon, a very good slice of excellent blackpudding, mushroom, grilled tomato and fried bread and a whacking great piece of thick sausage. and an egg.The one down side to this meal was the sausage tasted stale, like it had been in the freezer too long. £4.50.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our food but not the miserable service. Parts of the pub are no smoking but this was a little dubious! And the whole place was non too warm.

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    Stoneybeck Inn, Nr. Penrith: A Friendly Welcome

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    On our way to Northumberland, Easter 2007, we stopped off for a pub lunch. We opted for the Stoneybeck Inn, north of Penrith, off the A6.

    There was a warm welcome awaiting from our host and the place was reasonably busy for midweek. Off to one side of the pub is a popular, small camp site.

    Favorite Dish: The menu was mainly large meals with the snack side consisting of baguettes. These were nothing outstanding, being bog ordinary cheese, ham etc. The beef did look home cooked and was sliced thickly. We were coerced into ordering a bowl of home made chips which went down very nicely with the baguettes.

    Philip had a child's burger which came with a large amount of home made chips. £3.25
    Baguettes were £3.45 and the chips £1.95.

    There was also a puddings special board.

    Altogether a nice start to the holiday. although perhaps our host tried a little too hard? Not really a fault, though. Definitely a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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    Harbourside Zest: Mmmm delicious!

    by VickiJ Written Apr 20, 2006

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    This cafe come restuarant is situated in Whitehaven, a large town on the West Coast of Cumbria.
    Here the menu is designed so that you can pick all sorts of food (kind of like Tapas) and just share leaving it to you to decide whether you want a snack or a full 3 course meal. My favourite is the Steak One with a dish of mashed potato....and hope that some one orders the skinny chips, cos they are my favourite too! The menu has such things on it as pasta, roast beef, chicken dished, wraps and rolls. They even do a mean chip butty!!!
    It is situated right on the Harbour front as well so in the summer it is nice to sit outside and watch the fishing boats come in and out of the harbour. This cafe doesn't take bookings therefore on a weekend you may have to wait a short while before getting a seat.

    Favorite Dish: ALL OF IT!!!!!

    The skinny chips are awesome
    The Wok Chicken is pretty good too.

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    The Bridge Inn Santon Bridge.: Quality Food

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    We were invited to a surprise 40th birthday party at this pub. We had booked into the campsite next door with our motorhome but upon arrival, found the site to be totally unsuitable, an extremely wet and muddy field we would have got bogged down in. Tentatively we enquired at the pub if we could stay overnight on their carpark. No problems. said the friendly bar manager.We actually ended up with a superbly quiet overnight pitch looking out onto the river.And at no cost.

    The party went extremely well, with around twelve adults and numerous highly excited children all enjoying a lovely meal in the function room.

    Most of the other guests were booked into the inn for the night, with only one couple having to leave the party to go home. The rest of us continued on until around midnight.The hotel is a lovely old coaching inn with a warm, friendly atmosphere and the bar was still going strong by the time we left, presumably with both guests and locals.

    Favorite Dish: The menu here is a mixture of old favourites with a few different twists and some lovely sounding salads .There are a couple of interesting vegetarian dishes, including Kenyan coast aubergine moussaka (there is a strong Kenyan representation with some of the staff being poached from the world famous Hemmingway's Hotel in Kenya.) Starters were equally as interesting with such delectables as crab and prawn medley, seafood creviche and smoked chicken. Sweets were listed on a blackboard with apple pie, sticky toffee roulade, chocalate gateau, banoffie something or other etc. (I'm afraid I don't take too much notice of sweet things, more into savouries!!)

    I chose Lamb Jennings, a shoulder of lamb marinated in Jennings beer and served on mashed potato with a delicious gravy and Nick had the 16 oz gammon, served with two fried eggs and real pineapple. Vegetables were fine beans, carrot rounds and broccoli (which I thought were a little ordinary for the delicious meat.)My lamb was superb, melt in the mouth stuff with oodles of the lovely gravy. Nick's gammon was ok if a tad salty and the chips, although real, were nothing exceptional and had lots of tiny crisp pieces.

    I opted for the sticky toffee roulade which was nice but very sweet and I wish I had chosen a starter rather than ending with a pud.

    All in all, an excellent meal which the multi- national staff served as efficiently as possible with wild children running around and not knowing what had been ordered for them!

    The staff consisted of a Pole, three Kenyans, a Latvian, a Thai and a Brazilian!!

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    Kings Arms: Average Food, Nice Garden.

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    Whilst camping close to Shap and having been out on the motorbike all morning we were feeling a little peckish, so decided to stop off in Shap for a pub lunch. Now, there are four pubs, I think, in Shap so we just opted for the first one that was advertising food at a reasonable price, the Kings Arms.

    Two meals for £10 seemed a fair deal. In we went and ordered our drinks and had a look at the menu. There was a fair choice of basic fayre, such as chilli, shepherds pie, gammon, etc. We opted for a gammon and a steak pie.

    We sat in the very pleasant beer garden as by now it was really quite hot (you could tell as the locals were wearing shorts!!) The garden is lovely, a nice lawned area with a scattering of trees and with open views to the fields and fells.

    Favorite Dish: Our food arrived and what huge plates full. My pie was an enormous slab of thick pie, full of tender meat and came with a jug of gravy, (not real, of course) bog standard peas, a bit of salad and frozen chips. It was ok, as I said the meat was excellent, it was such a shame that the pie had been microwaved, making the pastry horribly soggy and not particularly pleasant.

    Nick's gammon was good, not too salty and he had an egg and pineapple (50p extra as it only came with one or the other, which we thought was a bit much for a slice of pineapple!)The chips were nicely cooked and not too bad for frozen.

    All in all, not too bad an experience, just the pastry let the whole thing down.

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    The Ship Inn Greenodd: Good Quality Food

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    On a glorious Saturday afternoon in September, we were on the look-out for a pub to have lunch at. We chose the Ship Inn at Greenodd, as it was advertising food on the main A590.

    The tiny village of Greenodd is now a no through road, it having been bypassed a good number of years ago.This makes the road quiet and with easy parking for the pub.

    On entering, the place appeared rather gloomy on such a beautiful sunny day. Lighting was low which added to the glimness. Furnishings were comfortable leather settees and sturdy tables and the whole place was filled with interesting little nick nacks, as well as a ceiling covered in beer mats. There was certainly plenty to look at which was just as well as our food took quite a while to appear. One other couple and a lone man watching the Grandprix were the only other cusomers.

    The pub featured in the Good Beer Guide, 2007 and 2009.

    Favorite Dish: We took our drinks to a table and the young bar girl brought menus over for us. There were some lovely sounding dishes but we didn't really feel like splashing out on a huge meal at lunch time. In the end, we opted for a steak and fried onion baguette and a chicken, cheese and BBQ melt baguette.The food took about 40mins to arrive but it was worth the wait! (all food is freshly prepared from locally sourced food.) My baguette was brimming with a freshly cooked, succulent chicken breast covered with melted cheese and BBQ sauc. (I have to admit it would have been nicer without the sauce, I wasn't overly keen on the flavour.) Served with it was a lovely salad of different leaves, tomatoes, peppers and cucucumber in a dressing and a decent quantity of crisps. Nick's baguette was a thick piece of rump? steak freshly cooked with fried onions, served with the salad and crisps. Both of these were priced at £5.25, which we thought was jolly good value for the quality and quantity of the food.

    Service was friendly.

    Curry nights were advertised and Sunday lunches.

    It was just a shame the interior was rather gloomy on a beautful day. It would have felt cosier had it been pouring down!

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    The Chippy Bank.: Great Fish and Chips

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    A great little chippy in the centre of Ulverston, South Cumbria.

    We had been to a local pub to meet some friends and decided we had better eat. On perusing the menu, the unanimous decision was that we didn't want to pay those prices, nor eat anything as fancy, so opted to cross the road to the chippy.

    The Chippy Bank is a popular spot, with a sit in side and a take away side.The place was full but we were shown to a table as soon as it was vacated and we ordered two plates of fish, chips and peas between us.

    Favorite Dish: The batter on the fish was light and crispy, not thick and soggy, as it so often is. I have to admit I never find fish overly full of flavour but the texture was good and firm and the chips were good (for this time of the year) and the mushy peas were excellent!! Oh, and it was all beautifully hot and freshly cooked.

    There were the other usual offerings chippy's serve.

    A very good experience all round and at £4.95 a plate, not bad value.

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    Canton Chef: Don't miss out on the Canton

    by VickiJ Written Apr 20, 2006

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    The Canton Chef is in Cleator Moor and although there really isn't anything in Cleator Moor the Canton Chef is a MUST VISIT!!!!! You can either eat in or get a take away! It isn't far from whitehaven neither so if you were going to make a night out of it, you could go to Whitehaven after your meal.

    Favorite Dish: My favourite dish is the salt and pepper chicken wings followed by the deep fried crispy beef peking style!! Yum Yum!

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    Anglers Arms, Haverthwaite: Handy For Lakeside Railway Attraction

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

    This pub is located just off the main A590, opposite the Lakeside anbd Haverthwaite steam train attraction.It is also in good walking country so handy for a stop off whilst out for a walk.

    I pass this pub frequently on my walk to the nursing home my father lives at. We decided to pay it a visit for a pub lunch whilst our elder son was home for a few days over Easter.

    The pub part is cosy with a real fire and there is also a seperate dining area, bright and airy. There is also an upstairs function room available for hire.Menu specials are on a blackboard and there are two other menus, one more snack type and the other full meals.

    There appeared to be one person on duty, behind both bars, as well as serving the meals. This did not make service particularly slow although it could have been had there been a rush on.

    As we ate our lunch three more tables were filled and when I paid for the meal, I asked how business had been. It had been excellent, I waas told, whereas many other places had not fared too well over Easter.

    Favorite Dish: Our party opted for:

    Homemade tomato soup and crusty bread: £3.75
    A portion of "real" chips:£1.95
    Homemade burger with cheese: £7.95
    Chicken, bacon and cheese baguette: £4.95
    Children's chicken strips: £4.25
    Coffee: £1.75

    Drinks:
    Half of Strongbow cider: £1.55
    Pint of Carlsberg: £3.15

    My baguette was full of chicken and cheese, I have to admit I don't recall the bacon! It was served with a dressed salad and tortilla chips. Very tasty.

    The cheese burger was served with chips, salad and enormous, home made battered onion rings and went down exceptionally well.

    The children's battered chicken strips was real breast of chicken, not reconstructed rubbish.

    If you look at the web site, a full menu is viewable.

    We certainly all enjoyed our meal and would return.

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    Mithali Indian Restaurant: Quality Indian Food

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

    With our elder son being home for a couple of days, it was time we enjoyed a family meal out. As we all like Indian food, we chose the Mithali Indian restaurant, which we had been to many, many years ago when said son was about five.

    One other table was occuppied in the small, cosy dining area but by the time we left, about five more had been filled. We were shown to our table, given menus and ordered our drinks within moments of our arrival. Hardly had we had time to peruse the menu when we were asked if we were readty to order. No, we weren't. As we crunched on the excellent poppadums dripping with chutney, we eventually came to our decisions on what to order.

    We all enjoyed our meals, the food was certainly good and the portions decent. We were stuffed by the time we had finished and we'd only had a main meal, no starters! Our only gripe, and that was from our son who is used to London dining, was the over-attention we received. I know this shouldn't be a complaint but we did feel we were constantly being swooped upon. This didn't stop us enjoying our meal though and we wouldn't have been happy had the service been the opposite way and lacking in attention. I guess there is a happy medium somewhere.

    Favorite Dish: We all had poppadums and chutneys to start. Excellent, melt in the mouth stuff.

    Nick had: Chicken madras: £4.65
    I had Chicken rogan josh: £4.65
    Philip had: Prawn rogan josh
    Michael had: Chicken tikka korai:£7.65
    Garlic naan
    Peshwari naan
    Pilau rice

    I must say the naan were some of the best we've had in a while, as was my rogan josh. Praise from Michael, saying it was the best curry he'd had for a while, so better than London's offerings.

    A take away service is availabe, with deliveries.

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    Queen's Head, Troutbeck: Excellent food and ale

    by sandgrounder Written Sep 30, 2002

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    Excellent home-cooked food and real cumbrian ale served in this popular pub.

    Favorite Dish: Don't miss the platter of home-cooked breads.

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    The Globe Inn: The Globe Inn - Kendal

    by mvtouring Updated Apr 7, 2004

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    Lovely pub where we had a great pub lunch. They offer quite a variety of food here and all for under ?4.00

    Favorite Dish: Strips of chillie & lime chicken with garlic mayo

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