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The Castle Bar

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Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Gastropub
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14 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NQ, England
+44 1900 829904
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Just returned from Scotland and stayed in Cockermouth overnight on the way home and by chance came across the castle very ordinary from the outside and was not sure but sure glad I did the food was excellent,nice size portions and as a man who likes ale the beer was also of a high standard and a nice touch was... More 

Thank lennielazer
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Castle Bar has a great feel to it and benefits from one of the few beer gardens in Cockermouth. On a sunny day (yes we do have them) there is nothing better than enjoying a pint on the tiered terraces. Good choice of beers and the food is good too. I would recommend a pint of Peroni accompanied by... More 

Thank Gary J
Newhaven, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ignore your first look from the outside this is a lovely pub. Go in and you will be surprised how lovely it is inside. The pub goes back to a further area to sit,eat and drink. At the rear of the pub is a great stepped beer garden which is a sun trap. In the middle of the pub is... More 

Thank mel v
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When entering the front of the building, it looks like a typical pub but there is an upstairs restaurant (with a bar serving it). Meals were quick and of high quality and most were locally sourced, promoting local suppliers within the menu. Staff were really friendly and service was good.

Thank 2000Stuart1996
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Usually thought of as a decent place to have a meal, this bar can sometimes provide a less than good experience, although I'm not sure why this happens. The menu is the same each time with changes in specialities-these are worth considering because I think more effort is made when preparing these, and the atmosphere is generally welcoming, but lack... More 

Thank Kirsty P
Workington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC Party of 15 for my sons birthday, and from making the reservation to paying the bill we were all made to feel very welcome . The food was exceptional and the service second to none , even with my mistake of missing 1 meal on my pre order and not knowing this until we were all served ,... More 

Thank craigs852016
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to the castle bar for lunch before and it was good but our meal and service tonight was beyond that. Incredible food and service! Great atmosphere too! I would recommend the sticky toffee pudding, the vanilla custard was to die for!!

Thank amycooke93
Level Contributor
28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine trying to organise an impromptu 60th birthday dinner for 18 people at the drop of a hat in high season in the Lakes. That was my brief and miraculously The Castle Bar, Cockermouth (who had been recommended to me highly) fell over themselves to accommodate us at such short notice. Would it be ok if we had an early... More 

Thank Carolyn H
Rochford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially, I thought from the outside appearance that it was just 'a pub'. How wrong can you be! Quite simply the best overall restaurant meal I have ever had. Breaded brie wedge - 113 out of 10. Lamb Henry - 146 out of 10 (Never eaten anything so nice in my life) Cheesecake - 76 out of 10. Perfect food... More 

Thank butts2509
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have never had a bad experience at the Castle Bar. The staff are efficient and friendly and the food is always of a high standard. Thank you Shane on this occasion for looking after us. One of our party is gluten free and they accommodated us with ease. Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank Tigger2007

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $24
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Cockermouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1900 829904
The Castle Bar is set out over three floors.
The downstairs is the main bar area,which has three separate large screen tv's for the sports enthusiasts.
The main bar has 5 real ales on tap and has been awarded by CAMRA
The 1st floor is two separate dining areas, one of which overlooks the old Market Place.
The 2nd floor is the lounge area, which hosts a number of comfy chairs to relax.
Tucked outside at the rear is the outside terraced garden area.
The Castle Bar is dog friendly.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?