Honest Lawyer Restaurant

3.9
138 reviews
£25 and under
British
Set in the heart of the Western Lake District, Honest Lawyer restaurant occupies a magnificent Grade II listed building that was previously the town’s old courthouse cells. Many Tudor inspired original features have survived the years, making it the perfect setting for a truly unique dining experience in one of the most enchanting locations imaginable. Once you have descended down the stone carved stairway and walked across the river side balcony to the lilting sound of the River Cocker, a warm Cumbrian welcome awaits you in our Cockermouth restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 138 People Are Saying
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Jason
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My partner and I have travelled from Liverpool for a weekend in the Lakes. We stopped here in Cockermouth on our way through having booked a table with yourselves through OpenTable. I even confirmed yesterday when contacted by OpenTable.

We arrived this evening, closed…..?

My contact details were provided, I’ve not been contacted, and there was no explanation offered.

After traipsing round Cockermouth I’ve finally found somewhere to eat, and told that you are now closed by another restaurant manager.

To not have the decency to contact a customer to say you are closed is appalling. It would take 30seconds of your time and cost literally nothing. If a customer just chose not to turn up you would be slating them.

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PeterD
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a very pleasant atmosphere
Staff very helpful.

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MartinW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had burgers which were really tasty but one was meant to be gluten free. Unfortunately they mixed up the top and bottom of the buns meaning neither was presented properly. Staff did apologise but no discount on bill was offered.

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Maggie
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were very disappointed with our visit to the Honest Lawyer. We could have complained but didn't want to spoil our evening.
It was felt the staff were very inexperienced, the food was tasteless and bland; definitely not the usual food we have eaten here before. The ambiance of the place felt different than before and we really didn't feel welcome. We were a party of 6.
4 of us had the duck and 2 the cod. The duck was very tough and not cooked quite enough, oozing with blood. The cod dish was tasteless and bland. The picture on Facebook of the duck dish was nothing like the dish we were served; we were short of vegetables. It didn't taste like duck but of blood. We would advise using a little more seasoning and ensure the food tastes good before being served. The crushed potatoes were horrible and definitely no seasoning added.
All we can say is; the issues are probably caused through badly trained staff and shortages of skilled and experienced hospitality staff probably due to Covid and Brexit. We appreciate that the hospitality industry has been badly affected but it was poor vale for money and not a good experience. Very sad to say we wont be back.

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AdamP
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The Honest Lawyer is some where we held in high regard, and would go here to celebrate certain occasions, anniversaries, birthdays etc. Unfortunately, since our last visit a few months ago, the menu had changed and losing that french/indian cuisine it was know for.

We ordered our drinks, and the food. The wine came no problem, but 45 minutes after placing the order, we were told that the order had not gone through due to Wifi problems and they would put it through now. Another 20 mins passed, and no food arrived and we were informed that it still hadn't gone through due to the same problem, and they were working on our meal.

The meal arrive an hour and a half after our arrival. The food that was served was incredibly salty. The cheese sauce for the steak seemed to be curdled, and too much salt. Equally for the duck, the skin was fatty and wobbly, instead of being crispy and golden, and still incredibly salty.

We were compensated with a free large glass of wine, but equally this wasn't great and we left it. The wait staff both apologised for the issues. We paid £70 for a very sub-standard meal and service.

We promptly left after having our main, and sadly, we will not be returning to the restaurant.

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CarolineJ
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Unluckily the table we had was near the toilets and the main walk through. There was a large blob of tomato ketchup on the table when I moved the candle which was disappointing in these Covid cleaning times. The ‘real ale’ advertised consisted of a very cold pale hoppy option which was a disappointing. The tables outside by the water in more clement weather must be very nice. We didn’t stay for dessert.

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LakesL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food OK, but we were sat at a table looking at an old beer keg, stored chairs and a sweeping brush, very sad looking place with no atmosphere whatsoever.

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MilesS
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service well worth a visit and do recommend booking in advance as full even on a Monday night

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HelenA
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

From start to finish the meal was extremely poor not as described rack of lamb was 2 chops veg poor duck fatty and not sliced just two lumps on the plate

Paid the bill left would not recommend and will not be returning

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ColeN
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience4

small, expensive portions but nice atmosphere. would not got again

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DeniseC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Second visit to restaurant, 1st visit food and service were excellent, so we rebooked, and took family who were visiting us. Service was not good such a shame as the food was excellent

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Disappointed with the lack of ventilation in the restaurant considering the very high covid infection rate in Cumbria. Staff wore face masks which was pleasing to see, where other places were not.

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Scon
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Go somewhere else, food is poor at best. Meals were returned. Do not recommend

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very disappointed with the food served. I had the cod and asked for a salad with it rather than the veg. When it came the fish was only just warm and the salad consisted of lettuce leaves and 3 pieces of sun dried tomato! I was still charged the full price. My friend had a burger which was also only just warm and fairly tasteless. At least her chips were hot!

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CampbellM
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Meal out for a friend, fabulous food, lovely atmosphere will definitely visit again.

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PeterD
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Excellent range of food on Bistro menu.
Unfortunately the room was cold

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was lovely and service was really good, only problem was we had booked a table for 8pm, at 9pm we were eating our main course and were told they were shutting the kitchen so if we wanted pudding or any more drinks we had to order them now. It was a Saturday night, why take 8pm bookings if you want to shut at 9? We felt a bit under pressure to eat up and go.

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SandraA
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of four. Food was delicious we all had something different. Desserts were 10 out of 10.
Staff were friendly and very attentive the dining rooms were lovely set in the Main Street with windows to front and side onto river. Very pretty. Cannot wait to visit again

LD
LeeD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a meal as we are on our honeymoon and couldn’t have asked for a better meal, excellent staff and great prices. The portions are the right size and the quality is second to none. I would definitely come back again and again

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food but we’re still waiting for drinks when the starter arrived. Overall a love place with great food

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H1UK
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant seems to be struggling for staff at the moment. There is a limited menu (no a la carte). Most of the serving staff seem very inexperienced: throwing bottles into the recycling behind the bar, so every few minutes there was a loud crash of breaking glass; disappearing in groups for a smoke outside.

The food was 'OK' but not great. It was expensive for the quality - cheap pub quality at mid-price restaurant prices. The vegan burger missing the advertised hummus, burger buns dry and cheap. Chips and desserts were tasty.

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SteveT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food poor. Lacking in taste and flavour and that was both a curry and Bolognese dish.

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HazelN
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very enjoyable here with my husband whilst visiting Cockermouth.

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ChrisV
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, and very attentive staff. Food great and plenty of it!

MA
MoiraA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Having seen the menu choice online we were looking forward to our visit.

After being handed the menu - we made our choices from the A La Carte to be told that wasn’t an option - only offering their Bistro menu.

Hugely disappointed as no prior notification of that.

We ordered - it was OK - but wasn’t what we wanted.

Staff lovely - brilliant COVID practises but we were disappointed 🤷🏼‍♀️

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su4and
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Slight hiccup when we arrived re the A la carte menu being removed, but soon sorted.
I'm gluten free and the menu was superb. Had an excellent garlic bread starter, followed by GF seafood pasta---amazing.
Really good friendly staff

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KimN
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were informed it was only a bistro menu before we arrived which was a positive.
I had a lovely English Garden cocktail which was delicious but took quite a while for us to be asked for a drink and then our meals arrived just as after our drinks. We all opted for the lamb Kerala. The lamb was very tasty as was the pickle chutney and the naan bread. The dahl was unfortunately tasteless. Also the lamb was the most expensive thing on the street menu and we had a dish that was slightly just bigger than a ramekin dish containing the lamb, which was not enough for my husband and he didn't feel it was value for money. My husband did think the burgers looked amazing and wished he'd ordered that.
Also I asked for a glass of tap water and my sister-in- law commented that the waiter didn't then ask if anyone else would like one- a small point- but it was noted. We will perhaps return again and try something else but a disappointment with the street food as that sounded like it was their specialty.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Disappointing for me .

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very disappointing. Booked for family birthday. After ordering drinks and choosing out meals,we were informed the a la carte menu was off and to pick from the bisro one, which we did.Food was instant microwave type. Not good.
Then the card facility was not working so had to find a cash point to pay.all in all not a good experience.

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CarlS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent support from all the staff and made us feel really comfortable and looked after

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Booked last minute online. Very helpful with an immediate confirmation. Staff were expecting us, quickly seated outside with blankets and a heater. These little touches helped enormously as we had our children with us and had been on a long car journey. Food was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was fabulous (as always!), smokers outside and the vapours drifted in through the open door which spoilt the ambience, coffee was cold, but quickly rectified. Will definitely be returning

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Smudge
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely atmosphere. Good service. Excellent value

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CKinghan
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, the scallops were sublime. Fantastic service. The cocktails and mocktails were so much fun and all finished off by the best ever sticky toffee pudding. We’ll be back! Thank you!

MT
MaxiT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place, lovely atmosphere, good service. Would have been nice to have a specials menu but the food was excellent choice.

SC
SharonC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

My pizza was not the best that I have ever had. The place lacks ambience. I wouldn't bother eating there again

RB
RachelB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was just delicious. I had the mushroom and asparagus creamy pasta, it was possibly one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten, so tasty. The onion rings were also delicious. My husband had the highland burger which was yummy. Only down side was the table was rather sticky and stuff peeled off it, condiments also had food stains. We would definitely visit again as the food was fantastic.

VB
VanessaB
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a table of three last night (Friday) and overall we thought the place was OK. The staff were lovely, they were all very friendly, our wine was delicious and two out of three of our main courses were great too, although, the carrots were rock hard! Unfortunately, I ordered the wild mushroom and asparagus pasta with the gluten free option and the first plate brought out wasn’t gluten free. I asked about it and it was taken back and remade but it was a little disappointing. The pasta was quite over cooked and I didn’t see any wild mushrooms at all! In the end, even after the mistake and me then having to wait for my dish to be brought out, I wasn’t offered anything, even a free drink or coffee or a scoop of ice cream! It’s a real shame about that because I actually really liked the venue itself and the staff but sadly, it left a bit of a bad taste (metaphorically speaking) which means I doubt I’ll ever be back again. Having worked in hospitality for 15 years, I know how it all goes and I know mistakes are easily made. I’m not saying this place is bad, just a little disappointing.

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GioM
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meats we'd ordered were fantastic, I'd suggest a little more seasoning on the vegetables though.
Nice sunny evening sat outdoors by the stream is the place to be.
Overall very good, highly recommend.

SA
SueA
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and very friendly staff.
We ate here twice and both times the food was very nice. Staff were lovely and very attentive.
Tried the lemon meringue cocktail and it was delicious.....even got the recipe from the barman/waiter.

FAQs

Honest Lawyer Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01900 824888.

Honest Lawyer Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.