Something you will never do in Cumbria is go hungry!

There are many places to enjoy hearty home-cooked meals and if you want to make use of our well-equipped kitchen, there are some great local food producers too.

Here are some of our favourites:


The Butchers Arms

We are exceptionally lucky to have a fabulous, award-winning, community-owned pub in Crosby Ravensworth, barely a 5-minute stroll from Monks Bridge. There is always a warm, friendly atmosphere and the food and drink are fantastic. Be sure to pay The Butchers a visit and you’ll almost certainly want to go back again and again!


Shap Chippy

Another award winner! Pop over to Shap for some of the best fish and chips there is.


Mill Yard Café, Morland

Cosy café in nearby Morland, excellent for breakfast, lunch or tea and cake. They also have special pizza and tapas nights.


Low Howgill Butchers and Deli, Appleby

Superb butchers, bakers and deli in nearby Appleby. Be sure to try their proper Cumberland sausage, big enough to fill your frying pan!



Appleby Bakery

Traditional bakery selling a good range of freshly baked cakes and bread with a coffee bar for takeaway hot drinks.


Abbott Lodge Jersey Ice Cream, Clifton

Over 40 flavours of delicious Jersey Ice Cream made on the premises using milk from their own Jersey cows. There is a tea room, indoor and outdoor play areas for kids and you can buy ice cream to eat there or bring home for the freezer.



Kennedys Chocolates, Orton

A large range of scrumptious handmade chocolates made at their factory shop in Orton.


Chestnut House, Pooley Bridge

Independently run shop and off licence selling around 400 gins, both locally made and those from around the world. They also sell spirits and liqueurs together with a range of food and gifts. You can explore their products here:

but a visit is highly recommended!


The Toffee Shop, Penrith

Delicious toffee & fudge has been made on the premises at The Toffee Shop since 1910. It is still made in brass pans, stirred with wooden spoons and cut and wrapped by hand. The fudge is absolutely melt-in-the-mouth delicious!