More pubs in Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast

Near Carlisle. The Spinners Arms. One of a number of pubs that were designed by the Carlisle State Management architect Harry Redfern. Although the original three rooms are down to one, there are still numerous features to admire - the wood panelling, tiled fireplaces, decorative guttering and original doors. The pub has its own brewery, the Carlisle Brewing Company.

Castle Carrock, near Brampton. Duke of Cumberland. Named Best Country Pub at the Carlisle Living Awards 2018, the Duke stands beside the village green and is close to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bar and dining area.

Cumwhitton. Pheasant Inn. Sandstone pub with flagstoned floors, old beams and a fire in a big hearth. Quiz nights and other events held. Well liked food. 

Mawbray, near Silloth. Lowther Arms. A co-operative and community-owned pub, the Lowther Arms re-opened in 2021, having been saved from permanent closure by the local community (and over 300 shareholders). ‘We offer a comfortable place to have a drink, morning coffee, enjoy a meal, meet with friends, or simply a quiet corner to read in,’ it says. Beer garden.

Monkhill, near Burgh by Sands. The Drover’s Rest. Featured in a two page piece in The Guardian’s magazine in early 2022 which said the pub - close to Hadrian’s Wall -  had ‘great beer, knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff and inventive, ale-friendly food’. About seven beers on handpump, with hundreds of different brews served over the years. 

Penton, near Longtown. Pentonbridge Inn. Located in a border area once known as the ‘Debatable Lands’, the former coaching inn has a Michelin Plate and three AA rosettes for the quality of its food. It is Editor’s Choice Pubs-with-Rooms in the Good Hotel Guide 2022.

Rockcliffe. Crown & Thistle. Close to where the River Eden meets the Solway coast, the village local says it uses - for its food - ‘the very best of what Cumbria has to offer, supporting local farmers, butchers and suppliers’. Has its own kitchen garden. Seating outside. 

Talkin, near Brampton. Blacksmiths Arms. A regular in the Good Pub Guide, the Blacksmiths is close to Talkin Tarn and within striking distance of Hadrian’s Wall. Traditionally furnished bar areas and dining room. 2/3 beers on handpump.

Also King’s Arms at Bowness-on-Solway. Howard Arms in Carlisle. The Samson Inn at Gilsland. The Sally at Irthington. Blue Bell Inn at Newbiggin, near Brampton. The Wheatsheaf in Wetheral, near Carlisle. The Plough Inn at Wreay, near Carlisle.

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