SIMON’S FOOD AND DRINK GUIDE
Updated – 18th July, 2019
RED LION, LOWICK BRIDGE
Free House. You’re local and nearest pub. Small pub with larger dining room that you drive past to get to the cottage. Very popular with locals and tourists. Wholesome, home cooked pub food. Good beer garden. Wi-Fi. Very dog friendly. Dogs usually get a doggy treat if well behaved. 15 minutes’ walk or 4 minutes’ drive. 01229 885 366 email@example.com
BRITANNIA INN, PENNY BRIDGE
You might have spotted the signs for it as you drove through Greenodd. Good local pub with good food and beer. Worth a visit.
WILSONS ARMS, TORVER, LA21 8BB
Free house. The most popular pub locally for good pub food. 15 minutes’ drive north on the main road to Coniston village. Another Free house. Dog friendly. Booking advised or turn up and wait for a seat in the pub area – 015394 41237 http://www.thewilsonsarms.co.uk/
CHURCH HOUSE INN, TORVER
Diagonally opposite the Wilsons Arms. Another Free house. Lovely garden at the back. Dog friendly.
THE SHIP, BOWMANSTEAD, Nr CONISTON, LA21 8HB
Popular pub just this side of Coniston. Good bar food. Dog friendly.
STEAM BISTRO, TILBERTHWAITE AVENUE, CONISTON, LA21 8ED
Currently number 1 on Trip Advisor in Coniston. Sample menu left in the house. Currently open Wednesday-Sunday evenings only. Booking advisable-015394 42928
BLUEBIRD CAFÉ, CONISTON, LA21, 8AN
Situated on the shore of Coniston Water with lovely lake views and plenty of outdoor seating. Get’s very busy when the weather is good. Open 7 days a week, 10am until about 4.30pm.
BLACK BULL INN, CONISTON, LA21 8DU
Pub with microbrewery brewing 1 of my favourite beers – Coniston Bluebird. Popular for pub food. Nice terrace outside. Dog friendly. Open 7 days a week, from 10.00am until 11.00pm.
BLACKSMITHS ARMS, BROUGHTON MILLS, LA20 6AX
A lovely 25 minutes’ drive west. 1 of the Lake District’s best traditional, old pubs. Lovely views from the terrace in warmer months. Popular pub food. Dog friendly. Booking in the evenings is essential. Closed Monday lunchtimes. Tel: 01229 716824
THE ILEX BRASSERIE, HOLKER HALL, CARK
Classic British brasserie style food using top quality local produce. Lunch-12 noon to 2.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Check for opening times. Tel:-015395 58999 Booking is essential for dinner http://www.holker.co.uk/The-Courtyard/the-ilex-brasserie/
ULVERSTON-Lake District market town
Ulverston has lots of great cafes and several good restaurants too including Thai, Italian, French, tapas, fusion and of course British!
Ulverston also has a good street market every Thursday and Saturday and a good indoor market everyday.
Yes, you guessed it, we love Ulverston with its pastel coloured buildings, great shops, quirky shops and bags of atmosphere. Head for Market Street, park up and enjoy exploring this lovely, small market town. Irving’s butchers is excellent too.
Café by day and pizzeria by night. Italian stone-baked pizzas made from top quality ingredients cooked in an authentic wood-fired pizza oven, together with nibbles, cheese and meat platters and mini-desserts. http://www.bici-cafe.co.uk/ 01229 581833
Spanish, Portuguese & Southern Mediterranean Tapas. Very popular, small but regularly changing menu. Booking essential at all times of the year. https://lalchurrasco.co.uk/ 01229 343160
Just 20 minutes’ drive south. A must visit village. 5 good pubs and 2 top restaurants including the official best restaurant in the UK 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017-L’Enclume.
Cartmel is Cumbria’s best village in our opinion.
The only 2 Michelin star in North West England,
5 AA rosettes. L’Enclume is genuinely one of the best restaurants in the world and owner/chef Simon Rogan is rated as 1 of the world’s best chef’s.
A lot of the food comes from their own organic farm 1 mile away.
L’Enclume say-“Menus reflect the heart of Simon’s ‘farm to table’ philosophy. The best seasonal and local ingredients, handled with passion and creativity. Organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers grown on our very own 12-acre farm take centre stage, along with the finest produce from the surrounding Cumbrian countryside. As we only use the freshest seasonal ingredients, menus are subject to change.”
Please note-L’Enclume is not for everyone. You need to be open-minded about modern food and be prepared to try new exciting, inventive cuisine. If not, you might not like it. One of our guests complained, “I left was craving some good old fashioned stodge”. We love L’Enclume but you can’t please everyone!
If you want to book for a Friday and Saturday night you usually have to book several weeks or months ahead, literally! Booking for the rest of the week and lunchtimes is usually easier. The 7 course lunch menu is a very popular choice.
www.lenclume.co.uk. Tel: 015395 36362
ROGAN & COMPANY, CARTMEL
Cartmel’s 2nd Michelin starred restaurant and probably the UK’s most affordable Michelin starred restaurant.
Owned and run by Simon Rogan (L’Enclume), Rogan & Co. has now become one of Cumbria’s best restaurants. Quality local seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from the Cartmel valley and from their own organic farm located less than a mile away. What might sound simple on the menu often ends up with a few pleasant, subtle additions on the plate. Lunch-12 to 2pm with set price low cost menus. Dinner-6.30 to 9.15pm. Prices from £26 for 2 courses or from £35 for 3 courses. Also open for lunch on Sunday for very good Sunday roast dinners.
Please note – just like L’Enclume, this is modern, innovative food with smaller portions. If you like a big plate piled high with meat, potatoes & veg – this restaurant won’t be to your liking. Booking is essential for lunch & dinner. Check website for opening hours and to book online:- https://www.roganandco.co.uk/ or Tel:- 015395 535917
GREAT PLACES TO BUY LOCAL FOOD AND PRODUCE
(Also look in Westmorland Gazette for details of farmers markets)
The nearest places for provisions are either Greenodd village or Coniston village. There’s also a small ‘Cumbrian deli’ at The Wilson’s Arms in Torver.
FAT FLOUR BAKERY, YEWDALE Rd, CONISTON
Lovely artisan bread, sourdough, cakes, pastries and amazing croissants, all baked at their bakery in the village. Open 9am-3pm 7 days a week.
P. D. HUTCHINSON BUTCHERS, GREENODD
Excellent old fashioned butchers at prices that will pleasantly surprise you. Don’t be put off that it’s rustic and basic, Peter Hutchinson has an excellent reputation for supplying great quality local meat and he supplies many of the local pubs. I drive a 40 minute round trip to get my meat here. Usually stocks a few pints of milk and some local veg too. Closed Monday, Friday & Sunday
GREENODD VILLAGE SHOP
(drive down the village main street, on the left)
Nearest place for basic provisions including milk etc.