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Restaurant at Wasdale Head Inn

££ - £££, British,
Gosforth, Wasdale Head CA20 1EX, England
+44 19467 26229
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“crisps” (4 reviews)
“scampi” (6 reviews)
“pie” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Gosforth, Wasdale Head CA20 1EX, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Vegan review: Stopped here as we visited Wastwater lake. There was no vegan menu but when I asked, the staff informed me there were 2 vegan options, a bean chilli or a roasted aubergine dish with aloo potatoes. I opted for the aubergine dish, it...More

Thank vickiwslattery
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We ate twice here while staying in the NT campsite nearby and absolutely loved both visits. The food is really tasty pub grub and the portions generous - perfect after a day on the hills. The gin menu was an exciting find too! Our second...More

Thank garyandrachel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A huge thank you and we'll done to all the staff, but special mention to the kitchen staff, I ate here on Friday and Saturday night with my family, I thought Friday night was busy but Saturday was absolutely packed! All the food came out...More

1  Thank lawrence172
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the NT campsite and walked up by the riverside path...takes about 20 mins. Food as really nice..I had halloumi burger with roasted vegetables and home made chips which was really good. They had 2 of my fave beers on draught....Loweswater Gold...More

Thank AlexaGreen16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another great meal in the restaurant at the Wasdale Head Inn called Abraham's. All three courses were exceptionally good - ingredients, presentation and skilled cooking. Service was friendly and efficient. Extensive wine list and range of ales and beers.

Thank GlorianaEngland
Reviewed 3 June 2018

What a great place to enjoy a good lunch, and the homemade chips are just yummy The kids played in the river, the views a delight, the service good, overall a great place to rest after a mornings walk

Thank tedosborn
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We booked a table on a Friday night in June but the restaurant was quite empty with only three bookings. They do a three courses for £29.95 menu with three choices for each course. I had the seafood as a starter and this was outstanding....More

Thank Citizenandrew
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Stayed at the NT campsite and ate a meal here. Really friendly staff, big tasty portions of food, and a number of real ales to cool you down. Dog was welcome too.

Thank Gary Q
Reviewed 27 May 2018

The food here is better than ever. Huge portions, friendly helpful staff. If you're an omnivore try the beef brisket. You won't find it better cooked anywhere

Thank timothy g
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Enjoyed several meals here last week, good quality, tasty food, reasonably priced, friendly staff and a great relaxed atmosphere, our dog was made very welcome too. Plenty of outdoor seating alongside the bubbling beck, surrounded by the most beautiful views! Can't wait to return!

1  Thank Jennywren532014
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Questions & Answers
17 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Will_Ritson | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow reply. We run a dog friendly hotel, with dogs welcomed in a number of the bedrooms and apartments as well as in the bar, however at the request of many customers we do not normally allow dogs in the... More
16 May 2017|
Response from Will_Ritson | Property representative |
Ritson's Force is about 800 metres from the back of the Inn. To reach the force go through the back of the beer garden then cross a stone bridge, continue to follow the track up the field and proceed through a gap in the... More
Peter G
29 March 2015|
Response from TheProf_London | Property representative |
We offer a campers cafe in the conservatory at the back of the inn from 8am until 10am on Saturdays & Sundays. On other days, if we have space in the dining room, you're welcome to book in for breakfast, please check with... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gosforth, Wasdale Head CA20 1EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Wasdale Head
  • Phone Number: +44 19467 26229
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The world famous Ritson's Bar and Residents' Bar provide a warm welcome for thirsty, hungry and walk-weary guests, 365 days of the year! Ritson's Bar is named after the first landlord, Will Ritson - huntsman, wrestler, farmer, fellsman, guide, raconteur, and the first "World's Biggest Liar". Today the bar is where everyone congregates after a day on the fells, to talk and enjoy the good wholesome bar meals and real ales. In winter most keep warm beside the log burning stove, the garden and beckside tables gaining in popularity as the summer approaches. The Dining Room provides for the heartiest appetite but in a style that has won many awards, and with particular acclamation for breakfast. Service is relaxed and dress codes are informal. High standards of cuisine are maintained. We specialise in Herdwick lamb & mutton when available.
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