Pentonbridge Inn

“A culinary gem on the border” - AA Inspector



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Located close to the Scottish border but within easy reach of Carlisle and major road networks, Pentonbridge Inn is an old coaching inn that has been transformed into a stylish restaurant-with-rooms. In the small Cumbrian hamlet of Penton, it has been extensively refurbished from its previous incarnation, The Bridge Inn. Modern yet traditional inside, log-burning stoves create a warm and welcoming ambience to enjoy assured cooking of local produce, including seasonal ingredients from the nearby walled kitchen garden at Netherby Hall. The food is as visually stunning as it is flavoursome and a meal could open with beef tartare, Montgomery Cheddar and lovage mayonnaise – the lean beef accurately served near to room temperature and dressed with creamy horseradish and generously indulgent shavings of the full strength cheese. For something a little lighter to begin, how about slices of raw, hand-dived Orkney scallop with diced and raw Jerusalem artichoke, winter truffle and a drizzle of garlicky vinaigrette. The precise cooking and carousel of flavours continues with main courses like a perfectly timed and super-fresh piece of halibut served with a generous portion of mussels, leeks and well-balanced saffron sauce. Game is a strong point here so you could also find yourself ordering pink and tender loin of roe deer with offal croquette, hen of the woods mushrooms, celeriac and cavolo nero. When it comes to dessert, there are some tough decisions to be made. A tartlet filed with a layers of poached Yorkshire rhubarb and moist frangipane is served with a well-made ‘ripple’ ice cream with rhubarb and gingery notes. Or there’s a light and airy Valrhona Manjari chocolate mousse with Piedmont hazelnuts and Frangelico. A small but well-defined wine list offers some interesting drinking, and plenty are also available by the glass.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Pentonbridge Inn
Phone : 01228 586636


  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 13
  • Wines over £30: 36
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: British, International
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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