Bewicks Coffee Shop & Bistro, Princes Court. Accomplished and simple; lovely setting, reasonable prices: 01768 864764

Scotts Fish Restaurant, Sandgate. 53-seat no-nonsense chippie next to the bus station: 01768 890838.

Four & Twenty, 42 King St. Cutting edge Anglo-French style cooking by chefs with background: three of them cut their teeth in Michelin-starred kitchens. A way overdue addition to the town’s culinary action. 01768 210231. Website here.

George Hotel, Devonshire St. Does everything from lounge snacks to formal  restaurant. Reliable and reasonable: 01768 862696.

Moo Bar, 52 King St. Since setting up in 2014 this craft beer bar, with lots of choice of ales, has proved a real hit in Penrith. 01768 606637. Click here.

Platinum Chinese Restaurant, buffet more than adequate – some rave reports from other diners: 01768 210210.

The Narrowbar Café, 13 Devonshire St. Splendid little café bar offering Lavazza coffee, milkshakes and a range of hot, soft and alcoholic drinks. Snacks and sweet treats served until 5pm, breakfasts and lunches up until 4pm. Home cooked daily changing specials, such as beef and barley stew, chorizo and pepper risotto, spicy lamb kofta wraps, homity pie and their famous fishcakes. Run by Phil and Penny Wood. 01768 891417. Click here.

Flying Bacon, 3 Middlegate, Penrith, CA11 7PG. Right in the centre of town, this new café and gallery offers lots of home-baked treats plus heartier fare. Bacon butties only £2.50 and the cakes are worth a detour. Coffee specialists, this is a relaxing place to stop off. You can even take your bike and a bottle of wine inside (corkage for the wine).
01768 867339
Open every day 9-5.
Abbott Lodge tea room and ice cream makers, Clifton, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HD. 01931 712720. Steven and Claire Bland run a working dairy farm making more than 40 flavours of top quality homemade Jersey ice cream. Open 11am – 5pm daily. Children’s area and see-the-cows.