Beatfords CountryRestaurant, 7 Lowther Went. Popular tearoom. Good simple food. 01900 827099

Tarantella,22 Main St, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9LQ. Bustling, high quality Italian. 01900 822109

The Bitter End Brew Pub, 15 Kirkgate. Excellent value, great beer and great food. 01900 828993

Quince & Medlar, 13 Castlegate. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Britain, featured in the Good Food Guide. Wood panelling, soft candle light, next to the castle. 01900 823579

Norham Coffee House & Restaurant, 73 Main St 01900 824330

Carlins Bistro Bar, Allerdale Hotel, 18-20 Market Place. 01900 823654

Lee’s Chinese Takeaway and Fish & Chips, 47 Main St. Expert fish friers. 01900 827770

The Spice Club, 25 Main St. Upmarket Indian cuisine for reasonable prices. Underwent major renovations. 01900 828288

Embleton Spa Hotel, Embleton, Cockermouth CA13 9XU. Bar is open all day and excellent lunches and dinners available plus snacks between times. Menus are gluten-free. Click here. 017687 76606.