Local Food & Drink

We’re very fortunate to have two fabulous and friendly pubs here in Gilcrux village. Both establishments serve delicious food and local ales. For a selection of my favourite bars, pubs and restaurants just a little further afield, please scroll down the page.

If you’re booking Solway View Cottage or Solway View Caravan for a special celebration, please be advised to check with the Bar ‘n Bistro and the Masons Arms as to their opening hours. Typically, the Bar ‘n Bistro opens at midday but is closed on Mondays, opening again on Tuesdays from 5pm until late (although in August it’s open everyday.) Typically, the Masons Arms is open from 6pm every night except Wednesdays. At the weekend, it’s open from midday until 3pm, and then open again 6pm until late.

The Barn Bistro. Tel. 016973 23289

Your hosts are Hal and Andy Peverley from the North East, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years.

CAMRA Good Beer Guide nominated for five consecutive years, the bar is particularly well known for its selection of draught real ales. There are four draught ales (Jennings Bitter is always available, plus three guest ales.) We support local breweries such as Jennings, Cumbrian Legendary Ales and Ennerdale Brewery; as well as ales from across the UK including Wily Fox’s Dublin’ Up and Plum Porter from Titanic Brewery.

Several years on from opening, Hal Peverley has served over two-hundred different guest ales: The badges from these ales adorn the walls of the bar (and many of the names of the guest ales provide customers with a giggle as well as being informative as to the vast selection.)

The bar has an extensive selection of malt whiskies and gins – to rival any big city bar; a very respectable wine list and, of course, all the usual tipples and soft drinks.

You’re in for a treat if you’re eating at the bistro. Our regular menu aside, we have scrumptious Sunday lunches, weekly specials on the blackboard, steak nights (every Wednesday) and, any day of the week, we can cater for all dietary requirements. The Bar n’ Bistro hosts and caters for all manner of private functions, birthday parties, Christmas staff parties, hen nights… There is plenty of dining accommodation upstairs on our mezzanine level whether you require a sit down meal or an informal buffet. Booking is advised if you’re joining us for food, especially for special occasions such as Mother’s Day, our steak nights or Sunday lunches. Please telephone Andy or Hal for more information. Happy to help.

Hal and Andy.

The Masons Arms. Tel. 016973 20765

Your hosts are Mike and Nadine Pickersgill.

Mike was born in Yorkshire and worked in the merchant navy; Nadine is South African. Over the past twenty years, they’ve lived on three continents. Mike is a natural host, his delight is in seeking out the most titillating local brews for his clientele.

Nadine’s passion for cooking is well-matched by Mike’s appetite. She has a wealth of culinary legacies to draw on and is always keen to show off her talents in the kitchen.

We’re striving to create what we ourselves most appreciate in a country pub. Our overall ethos is simple: put the village pub back into the heart of the community by creating a welcoming, relaxed environment and focal hub. To this end we host a local pool team, and we are always keen to discuss accommodation arrangements with other local special interest groups, clubs or societies. We’re an easy-going establishment, family, and pet friendly.

Mike and Nadine.
  • Free house – interesting cask ales always available and selection changed weekly
  • A la carte menu (South African and Australian culinary influences)
  • Cater for groups and parties
  • Sun terrace
  • Child friendly – toy basket, crayons and colouring-in books, and a horizontal fold down baby change table
  • Pet friendly – dog treats and access to fresh water
  • Quiet corner – comfy sofa and books for those who like a quiet drink
  • Book selection
  • Pool, darts, cards, dominoes, Yahtzee and many other games
  • Special activities and events

The Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater. Tel. 01900 85219

A beautiful, very traditional and hugely popular 17th Century inn and restaurant nestling between Loweswater and Crummock Water.

Led by Head chef Paul Williamson, the talented kitchen team aim to provide great quality food in a relaxed environment. Coming to Kirkstile is not just for a special occasion. We believe that a good night out with home cooked food should be affordable.

Our famous bar can be really busy and always has a great atmosphere! Inside are low beamed rooms with welcoming open fires, good food, willing and friendly service, the same warm hospitality that has always characterised a good English Inn.

We have 5/6 real ales from our own brewery on the Bar at any time. Specials as well as Loweswater Gold, Langdale, Esthwaite Bitter and always a dark one, perhaps Grasmoor or our celebrated Vanilla Oatmeal Stout. Or perhaps you fancy a pint of our own lager, Buttermere Beauty.