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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch at The Trout. We both ordered exactly the same, the steak baguette with Dijon mustard mayo with a side order of skin on fries and two diet cokes. When we ordered we were the only people in the bar area. After about 25 mins...our food arrived, no sign of the drinks, so we asked a passing waiter to chase up our drinks. The baguettes were beige in colour, very doughy and tasteless, there was very little steak and a blob of mayo, no Dijon at all. The manager realised that we still hadn’t received our drinks, he apologised and removed one of the baguettes from our bill. Honestly, best part of the meal was the drinks. We have a business in Cockermouth so are regularly asked for recommendations for lunch, sadly we will no longer be recommending the TroutMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 May 2024

Recently visited the area and had a breakfast on a walk in basis. It was really nice and staff were very friendly. It is a little on the expensive side though.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

We had dinner for three in the Terrace Bar on Saturday 17th February 2024. Starters goats cheese and chive soufflé, tasty but small for £10.50, garlic bread with mozzarella and salt and pepper squid were lovely. Chicken burger was good but frozen fries for £18....Chicken curry was nice but with two nan breads smaller than a biscuit? The duo of pork is supposed to come with crushed potatoes but was served with mash? The food standard overall was average and expensive for what we got, we ordered a dressed salad with our meal, it never came plus my daughter was asked if she wanted extra sauce for her burger, she asked for ketchup and that didn’t arrive either. Two chocolate brownie desserts with coffee at £8.50 each, were disappointing, small hard brownies, not worth the money, had much nicer elsewhere. The servers were friendly and apologetic and my daughter got a free drink to compensate. Overall, we were not overly impressed, the environment deserves much better food and service, it’s a longtime since we ate here and we won’t be back in a hurry.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 December 2023

Me and my family go here quite often for dinner and the waiters there are awfully funny and kind. They provide quick service. The food is always at a good temperature and is delicious. There has never been a problem here for us and the...toilets are nice and clean.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 December 2023

My daughter and I booked afternoon tea. Small slice of shop bought fruit cake and mince pie, tiny cheese sandwich also cheap tuna, hard scones. Had to ask 3 times for milk for the very weak tea extra teabag asked for, waitress bought them in...her hand disgusting. Never again and would not recommendMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

We ended up in the Trout Hotel on a Monday night as most of the other restaurants were closed. However, we was so glad as we have never received better, or attentive service, from any other waiter. The food was nice, bur our Waiter, Steven,...made our meal. Great to see good old fashion service. Thank you Steven.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

Quite extensive, well balanced menu, with decent quality food, locally sourced whenever possible. Staff are always pleasant, helpful and efficient. Not the cheapest in town, but a good place to eat.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 August 2023 via mobile

Went for dinner when staying in the area. We have previously stayed there 3 times over last 6 years. Our visit did not start well, the car park was completely full and we had to park some distance away on the main street. It was...a very wet night and we were soaked by the time we got into the restaurant. Arrived at the dining room,advised a membef of staff we had a reservation, he checked and then pointed to a table. Never said a word!! Dining room very dark, dismal and very old fashioned. Just 6 other diners, not at all busy. No ambience at. Menu very dull and uninspiring and again old fashioned. Little choice for vegetarians. Service was competent but charmless. Both our meals were tepid at best, my chips undercooked soggy and inedible. Very sad by this experience. The Trout was once excellent but it is now 3 rate charmless old fashioned and dull. We paid £55 for a meal of 2 main courses, 2 beers and a coffee, very very expensive. Much better restaurants in Cockermouth, this one should be avoidedMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

Where to start?! Terrible service. 1 1/2 hours for a meal to be served then one meal, fish, was undercooked. Sent back and still not received 20 minutes later so told to forget it. 20 minutes for a round of drinks and the empty glasses...were not removed until asked to be taken away. £7 for a pint of lager and nearly £5 for a pint of flat lemonade. Mediocre 1980s style food massively overpriced. Do not spend your money hereMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023 via mobile

Decided to visit on a Sunday evening as we had not long arrived locally and although there were mixed reviews, most seemed to be in regards to afternoon tea and room bookings. There was some minor bumps over finding a table as I hadn’t booked...online but we were seated cordially in a window. Drinks could have been simplified, the order of a slimline tonic came with no ice or lemon and the diet cola came flat and from the pump. I asked for this to be changed to a bottle and it came as the full sugar variety but at that point I wasn’t going to send it back. Food ordering was simple enough although our server didn’t know what the ‘of the day’ dishes were, my partner had the steamed muscles and I took the quiche with salad. For my part (after a 6 hour trek from Essex) I was grateful for food, however given the price tag, it was lacking. Side salad - tasty, plus one point, New Potatoes - pre cooked and blasted in the microwave so the inside had a gelatinous quality before being drenched in buttery oil, minus one point, Quiche - overcooked, the pastry was more akin to a tin, not so much crumble in the mouth as shatter on the plate. While I do eat with a knife and fork it took strength with the knife to break the pastry apart. The filling was over cooked and the cheese had crusted at the edges with a lasagna like quality, the interior texture was between egg and a dry rice pudding. The decor is gracious, greys and contemporary patterns, but there is little attention to cleaning. Cobwebs hung from the window we were seated as well as from the picture frames. Looking down at the authentic cast iron radiator I was aware of the dust and food debris around it. Maybe they deep clean in the week (?) We didn’t stop past the mains, paid the bill and left. A testament to disappointment and an allergy to lazy cooking. Yes I could have complained to the team but I didn’t feel that it would be well received on the basis that if the kitchen is happy to send the food out like this, they are unlikely to appreciate the finer points of a critique.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023

Stayed overnight, unfortunately after travelling six hours we arrived to be told our booking.com reservation was cancelled and they didn’t have any other booking for us , however this was rectified when we showed our confirmation and we were upgraded to a suite . What...we didn’t like was having to walk through the lounge where people were eating with all our luggage and being stared at , very embarrassing. Also we got in the way of the restaurant staff with our luggage. Bad layout. The suite itself was lovely however it was so noisy on the main road I got no sleep that night . The hotel is expensive £200 for a night and as we are vegan unfortunately breakfast was just fruit so we didn’t bother . Room service cost £10 for a tray whether you just wanted a sandwich which is a bit expensive so we didn’t bother.Hotel was easy to find and free car park , however it’s also a busy restaurant and bar so we were lucky to get the last free space , no idea what we would have done if it was full. !! We met some locals who told us Bing Crosby used to stay there and fish in the lake .More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2023

The Afternoon Tea was very disappointing for the price charged £19.00. It consisted of 2 tiny sandwiches of cheese and ham, a little Quich which was dry, and a small pig in blanket. The rest was cakes that some were very dry and were left,...1 pot of weak tea between 2 and no milk. Will not returnMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2022 via mobile

Booked afternoon tea on Sunday. Should have been a nice treat, but I think, due to staffing issues we were really disappointed. I even had to look for a waiter for tea and coffee refills, ending up with the lady on the reception saying that...she would get it for me. The food was ok but nothing special, all in all we felt like a bit of a nuisance. There was nothing special about this experience!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 September 2022 via mobile

Have been dining at The Trout over the last 4 years. Car park completely full and had to park on the main street some distance away. On arrival no staff in the restaurant we had to go and find someone tobbook us in and seat...us. Only 2 staff serving the whole restaurant, but they were very efficient, drinks arrived quickly, order taken and food arrived in a reasonable time. Comprehensive menu, meals nicely presented and of a good size.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 June 2022

Had 2 fantastic meals at The Trout during our stay in Cockermouth. Great choice of food, such friendly service. Waiters and waitresses very busy but that didn't affect the service or the standard of food. Very attentive to our party and remembered us from our...visit a couple of nights previously. Would certainly recommend eating there.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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I'd be very surprised if the Trout team did let you down. The restaurant and managerial staff are always friendly and helpful. We have had numerous events there over the years, including a wedding reception 47yrs ago and... More
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  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4