The Shepherds Arms
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Food & Drink

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“The meals were just perfect after a day out walking in the wind and rain.”

Whether you have just walked 15 miles, been paddling with the children, or photographing the wildlife, there will be something here to suit you, and food is served all day between 12 and 9 in the holiday season.

We are proud of our reputation for good, wholesome, homemade food and have always emphasised local produce, whether Lakeland lamb and beef, fresh lobster from St Bees, or free range eggs from Frizington, and we were the first outlet in the area to introduce vegan dishes as a permanent feature of our standard menu.

Our bar too is stocked with only local ales, and carries a range of Cumbrian spirits and lager, while we offer a variety of carefully selected wines to complement our menu.

For most of our residents about to set out on the next stage of their Coast to Coast walk breakfast too is an important meal, and we make sure they have a good choice of wholesome dishes to set themselves up for the day ahead.

We provide packed lunches as well, which are also available to non-residents.

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As well as our standard menus we offer a range of specials each day which normally include at least four main dishes using seasonal produce.



Bar Snacks


Soup of the day with crusty bread



Sandwiches on brown or white bloomer bread, or paninis

Ham & cheese, Cajun chicken with crème fraîche, smoked salmon & cream cheese, warm bacon & brie with cranberry, crème fraîche & sundried tomato with spring onion, minute sirloin steak with caramelised onion

from £4.85 to £6.75


Ploughman’s Lunch

Local ham & cheese with pickle, relish, apple, salad and crusty bread



Shepherd’s Arms Salad Bowl

Crisp dressed salad with a choice of toppings and crusty bread

Cajun chicken with cooling honey & yoghurt dressing; prawn & smoked salmon with lemon crème fraîche; Stilton, walnut & apple with red onion chutney

from £9.00 to £9.75


Starters (Evening Menu)

Soup of the day with crusty bread



Warm black pudding topped with a poached egg and crisp pancetta, on dressed salad with Cumberland Sauce dip



Baked Camembert scented with rosemary, with salad, red onion marmalade & crusty bread



Battered chicken strips with sweet chilli dip and salad leaves



Sautéed king prawns in garlic butter with sweet chilli dip



Baked goats cheese topped with hazelnut crumb, with balsamic red onion  and dressed salad 



Main Courses (Lunch and Evening Menus)

Served with fresh vegetables and a choice of potatoes of the day unless shown otherwise


Battered cod fillet

in beer batter with homemade chips and mushy peas, homemade tatrtare sauce


Small portion £9.50


Cumberland Sausage

on creamy mash potatoes with red onion & gravy


Small portion £8.00


Sirloin Steak

Prime Cumbrian sirloin steak topped with tomato, mushrooms and onion rings



Steak & Ale Pie

Shortcrust pastry pie with tender pieces of beef cooked slowly in beer gravy


Small portion £8.75


Shepherd’s Arms Burger

Homemade prime beefsteak burger with tomato relish and cheese in a bun, with salad and homemade chips



Red lentil & butternut squash burger

with crisp salad and homemade chips (Vegan)



Stuffed baked courgette

stuffed with a mix of red pepper, garlic, carrot, cashew nuts and mixed wild rice (Vegan)



Sweet potato, sage & onion tart

with cranberries and hazelnuts, with salad and mixed wild rice (Vegan)



Chicken Carbonara

Sautéed chicken breast with onion & mushroom in cream sauce on tagliatelli and topped with toasted parmesan, side salad and garlic bread


Small portion £8.50

Available without chicken



Main Courses (Evening Menu Only)

Baked Salmon

with chilli salsa and lime creme fraiche



Pan fried beef strips

 with Cajun spice, peppers & mushrooms, with mixed wild rice, salad and garlic bread


Small portion £8.95


Mediterranean bean casserole

with griddled potato cakes and a dressed salad (Vegan)


Small portion £7.95


Crisp pork belly

with black pudding, served on a pancetta & spring onion champ with red wine jus



Lamb Shank

Cooked slowly on a bed of root vegetables in an aromatic jus, with Cumberland Sauce



Chicken & chorizo cassoulet

with haricot beans and olives in a tomato sauce, with mixed wild rice and garlic bread


Small portion £8.95




Our selection of homemade desserts is made daily and usually includes favourites such as sticky toffee pudding, hot chocolate fudge cake, chocolate brownie (Vegan) and cheesecakes together with traditional puddings