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Dog Friendly Eateries / Pubs

If you would like to eat out with your dog(s) we can recommend the following dog friendly eateries in the local area.

Whitehaven

The harbour town of Whitehaven has many places to eat and drink and is about 5 minutes’ drive – also walkable (though can be steep on the way home!). 

You can walk around the harbour (over the lock gates) and along some of the old stone piers a little further out. 

There are also many other places to eat and drink if you choose to leave your dog at home, catering for different tastes and budgets.  Please do ask us for advice in regards to any preferences.

Zest Harbourside

Booking recommended.  Open Wednesday – Sunday (currently) 11:45am until late and situated on the harbour).  Good food (menu in pack).  Ask for a window table if possible. 

The Peddler

Booking recommended.  Open Wednesday – Sunday (currently) 11:45am until late and situated on the harbour).  Good food (menu in pack).  Ask for a window table if possible. 

Harbour Master

On the harbour and open for coffees, cakes & alcoholic drinks until later in the evening on some days.

Westminster Cafe

You could call to book, but can also walk in and check availability.  Good lunch option. 

The Vagabond

On the harbour and selling a good variety of dishes.  Best to book - please advise you have a dog when ringing to book. 

St Bees

A cute village with a lovely beach with a café and a (delicious!) ice-cream shop which sells their own home made ice-cream.  There are a few pubs to enjoy a drink and food in also, some in the actual village, about 15 minutes’ walk from the beach.  You can get the train cheaply from Whitehaven to St Bees.

St Bees is also the start of the Coast to Coast walk.  The Coast to Coast Walk is a 182-mile unofficial and mostly un-signposted long-distance footpath in Northern England.  Devised by Alfred Wainwright, it passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park before ending in Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.

Seacote Hotel

Certain areas only.

Right by the beach and offers food and drinks. 

The Manor

Certain areas, not the main restaurant.

Good pub food and popular in the village.

Queens Hotel

Certain areas, not the main restaurant.

Good pub food and beer garden and popular in the village.

Ennerdale

Lovely walk around the water (around 7 miles) or you can just do part of it.  There is a pub back in the village itself and a café:

Shepherds Arms 

Please note that dogs are not permitted in the dining room at any time and may be restricted from the bar area between 6pm and 10pm at busier times, so please do check first.  

The Gather

Dog friendly, community run café open 7 days a week serving real coffee and good food.

Cockermouth

A lovely market town around 20 minutes’ drive with a good variety of unique pubs and restaurants available.  Please ask for any recommendations dependant on your requirements, but Fredericks and Shills are two of our favourites! (not dog friendly)

These are just a selection of what is available in the local area and we are happy to offer advice on the broader area rather than overwhelm you!  There are many lovely pubs selling good food in the vicinity, but it’s difficult to list them all!  Should you choose to visit further into the Lakes, such as Keswick, Windermere etc., you will find a wide variety of dog friendly places to eat and drink.