The Shepherds Arms
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Food & Drink

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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 every 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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Throughout the main season we are open from 12 noon every day and serve food all day. Our evening menu starts at 5.00 pm.

We are currently open from 5.00 pm Mondays to Wednesdays, and from 12 noon Thursdays to Sundays. 


The takeaway service started during lockdown is still up and running and is particularly popular on Sundays when there often seems to be a steady procession of roast dinners leaving the building (though not under their own power). See below for the menu.




Takeaway Menu



 Soup of the day   £5.00  



Cod and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce

£13.25   small  £9.50

Scampi, chips & peas   £13.00  small  9.25

Steak & ale pie with chips & vegetables  £13.00  small  £9.00

Shepherds Arms burger with bacon, cheese & relish, and chips   £11.25

Shepherds Lakeland lamb pastie with chips & mushy peas   £9.95


Sunday Roasts

Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding   £11.50   small   £10.00

Roast lamb or pork (as available)   £12.50   small   £11.00



Sticky toffee pudding

Chocolate brownie

Hot chocolate fudge cake

Others may also be available from the Daily Specials menu






Standard Menu 

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 bread (can be toasted)

Ham & cheese with mustard; beef with horseradish creme fraiche and rocket; smoked salmon & prawn with lemon creme fraiche; bacon,cheddar & cranberry; Cajun chicken, lettuce & tomato

from £7.50 to £8.75


Fish finger butty

Homemade fish fingers with rocket, chips and tartare or tomato sauce



Ploughman’s Lunch

Ham, cheese, pickle, relish, apple and salad with a chunk of bread



Shepherd’s Arms Salad Bowl

Crisp dressed salad with a choice of toppings and crusty bread

Prawn and Marie Rose sauce; Cajun chicken and cashew nut




Sweet pepper, mushroom & spring onion omelette with seasonal salad


Smoked salmon & chive omelette with seasonal salad



Starters (Evening Menu)

Soup of the day with crusty bread



Warm black pudding wrapped around in bacon filled with Cumberland sausage and mushroom, topped with a poached egg and served with our own brown sauce



Mini fish fingers and chips stack with mushy peas and tartare sauce



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



Main Courses (Lunch and Evening Menus)

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


Battered Haddock Fillet

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


Small portion     £11.75


Scampi, chips & peas


Small portion     £11.55


Cumberland Sausage

on creamy mash potatoes with red onion marmalade & gravy


Small portion     £11.50


Steak & Ale Pie

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


Small portion     £11.75


Shepherds Lakeland Lamb Pastie

Succulent pieces of lamb with diced potato and vegetables, wrapped in shortcrust pastry and served with a jug of gravy, chips and mushy peas



 Rib Eye Steak

10oz prime Cumbrian steak topped with tomato, mushrooms and onion rings, with crisp salad and potatoes of your chice


Peppercorn or Stilton sauce   £3.00



Shepherd’s Arms Burger

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



Red lentil & butternut squash burger

with crisp salad and homemade chips

£12.50        Vegan


Sweet potato, sage & onion tart

with cranberries and hazelnuts, served with salad and pickled beetroot

£13.75        Vegan




Main Courses (Evening Menu Only)


 Mediterranean bean casserole

with griddled potato cakes and a dressed salad

£12.95        Vegan

Small portion     £9.00


Broccoli & goaats cheese tartlets

topped with pine nuts and served with a crisp salad

  £14.50        Vegetarian


Crisp pork belly

topped with black pudding and pancetta and served on a sage mash with a natural jus



Cumbrian Fillet Steak



Chicken Breast stuffed with Haggis

and wrapped in bacon, with a whisky and wholegrain mustard sauce





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