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Pooley bridge inn, Penrith, Cumbria

Pooley bridge inn

4.2
4.2
68 Reviews
£25 and under
British

This wonderful inn is located in the centre of the pretty little village of Pooley Bridge, only moments from the edge of Ullswater Lake. Our spacious, traditional bar features open fires, free WIFI and a relaxing ambiance, which welcomes both dogs and children. On warmer days, enjoy our pleasant outside tables both in our beautiful front garden, and the peace of the Stable Courtyard away from the village bustle. Call us or pop in and say hello!

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Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Bar Daily 12:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–20:30 Dinner Daily 12:00–20:30

  • Phone number

    017684 86215

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Searl

  • Area

    Penrith

  • Parking Details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access

Menu

Starters

  • Homemade Soup

    With warm bread and butter

    • each£4.95
  • Black Pudding & Peppercorn

    Bury black pudding, bacon and peppercorn sauce

    • each£5.95
  • Halloumi Fries*

    With sweet chilli dip

    • each£6.95
  • Tempura King Prawns

    With sweet chilli dip

    • each£7.95
  • Chicken Liver Pate

    With caramelised onion marmalade and toast

    • each£5.95
  • Bread and Hummus*

    Warm ciabatta and hummus for dipping. perfect for nibbling on while you wait

    • each£4.95
  • Nachos for Two

    Nachos topped with Mexican salsa, jalapeños & cheese

    • each£8.95

Mains

  • Steak & Ale Pie£13.95

    Chunks of beef and mushrooms slow cooked in real ale with a puff pastry lid, chips and vegetables

    • Beer Battered Fish & Chips*

      Crispy battered with mushy peas, chips and tartare sauce

      • each£13.95
    • Sausage, Mash and Veg£12.95

      Cumberland sausage, mash and veg

      • Whitby Wholetail Scampi£12.95

        Golden crumb wholetail scampi, chips and peas with tartare sauce

        • Ham Eggs N Chips*

          Hand carved ham, free range eggs and chunky chips

          • each£10.95
        • Chargrilled Cornfed Chicken Salad£12.95

          Bacon, pesto dressing, sundried tomatoes, Red peppers, olives and green leaves

          • Halloumi Super Salad£12.95

            Grilled halloumi, roast cauliflower, hummus, Cous Cous, green leaves, peppers, Sundried tomato, olives Grilled halloumi, roast cauliflower, hummus, Cous Cous, green leaves, peppers, Sundried tomato, olives

            • Truffled Macaroni Cheese*

              Pasta baked in rich cheese sauce finished With truffle oil, served with garlic bread

              • each£11.95

            Grill

            Sauce: peppercorn sauce (link) £2.50; garlic butter£2.50

            • 8oz Sirloin Steak* **

              28 day aged sirloin With tomato, mushroom, chips and onion rings

              • each£19.50
            • 14oz Gammon Horseshoe*

              Fried egg and pineapple, chips and peas

              • each£14.95
            • House Kebab* **

              House Kebab. Piri Piri 6oz of marinated chicken skewered and grilled with peppers and onion, served with skinny fries and leaf salad

              • each£13.95

            Burgers

            • The Bridge Burger£12.95

              7oz beef burger topped with cheddar, bacon, onion rings and fries

              • What's All the Hummus about Burger£12.95

                Our 7oz beef burger topped with hummus, caramelised onions and fries

                • Piri Piri Chicken Burger£12.95

                  Marinated cornfed chicken breast, grilled with jalapeños and salsa

                  • PBI Rustic Hotdog£11.95

                    A 10" smoked Bratwurst in a rustic roll, fried onions, fries and coleslaw

                    • Hunter Burger£12.95

                      Chargrilled butterflied cornfed chicken breast topped with bacon, BBQ sauce, cheddar and fries

                      Vegan

                      • Vegan Nacho£8.95

                        Tortilla chips coveredin Mexican salsa, Jalepenos and vegan cheese

                        • Vegan BBQ Fries£5.95

                          Topped with BBS sauce and vegan cheese

                          • Vegan Mexican Fries£6.95

                            Topped with Mexican salsa, jalepenos and vegan cheese

                            • "Moving Mountain" Burger£12.95

                              A delicious plant based burger patty with relish and burger sauce

                              • Plant Dawg£11.95

                                A 10" plant based vegan hotdog, served on a rustic roll, fried onions, fries and salad

                                • Vegan Meatball Arrabiatta£12.95

                                  Penne pasta and vegan meatballs in a rich tomato and chilli sauce

                                  Sandwiches

                                  • Fish Finger Sandwich£7.95

                                    Crispy fish goujons with tartare sauce

                                    • Steak & Onion Sandwich£8.95

                                      Hot strips of steak with caramelised onion jam

                                      • Chicken Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Sandwich£7.95

                                        Hot chicken and bacon with melting cheddar cheese

                                        • Hand Carved Ham Salad Sandwich£7.95

                                          & grain mustard

                                          • Hummus & Sundried Tomato Sandwich£7.95

                                            With peppers and leaves

                                            • Cheese Ploughmans Sandwich£7.95

                                              Mature cheddar, ale chutney and salad

                                              Sides

                                              • Chips£3.00

                                                • Coleslaw£2.50

                                                  • Side Salad£3.00

                                                    • Onion Rings£3.00

                                                      • Fresh Vegetables£3.00

                                                        • Garlic Bread£3.95

                                                          • Cheesy Garlic Bread£4.95

                                                            • Skinny Fries£3.00

                                                              Loaded Fries

                                                              • BBQ Dirty Fries

                                                                Topped with BBQ sauce and melted cheese

                                                                • each£5.95
                                                              • Mexican Fries

                                                                Topped with Mexican salsa, jalapenos and cheese

                                                                • each£6.95

                                                              Last updated: 1 March 2022

                                                              What 68 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                              4.2
                                                              4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.3Food
                                                              • 4.3Service
                                                              • 4.3Ambience
                                                              • 4.2Value

                                                              NoiseEnergetic

                                                              Loved For

                                                              • Cumbria

                                                                Lunch

                                                              • Cumbria

                                                                Neighbourhood Gem

                                                              • Cumbria

                                                                Vibrant Bar Scene

                                                              • Cumbria

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                                                              1. LS

                                                                LucyS

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Food was delicious and staff were friendly and attentive despite it being busy.

                                                              2. SC

                                                                SuzieC

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall2food2service5ambience4

                                                                A nice pub with a good atmosphere but I thought the food was overpriced basic pub grub with no frills. The service was excellent though. Our fries came out cold but the waitress quickly replaced them with hotter ones.

                                                              3. B

                                                                Bekka

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                                I always love coming here for food such a good environment and atmosphere but this time I was dissapointed by the food. Chips were just warm, it seemed very rushed and the food came out before the drinks. Such a shame because it is such a good pub normally!

                                                              4. KJ

                                                                KathrynJ

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely food, great service and superb surroundings

                                                              5. L

                                                                Lod1

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                Food was average, though we have been once before and food was better, think it might have been because of the busyness . We had to sit right at the door, constant stream of people going past but seems like a well organised place.

                                                              6. RJ

                                                                RJones

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Book in advance to sit outside in the lovely courtyard at the back. Staff can’t do enough to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Lots of food choices which arrives very quickly. Had a really enjoyable time.

                                                              7. M

                                                                Michelle

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                                overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                The fish was very greasy and over cooked. It was busy and I know there can be a wait at busy times but the service slips massively which is a shame, we were left with empty plates on our table for quite a while, eventually the table was cleared and we were asked if we wanted a dessert, we looked at the menu however we left without ordering a desert as nobody came and took our order as they were too busy! The amount of flies was horrendous, I know you get flies when the windows and doors are open but it is not very pleasant when eating.

                                                              8. LD

                                                                LeeD

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Was lovely, we made last minute booking, staff were really friendly and accommodating. One of us was gluten and dairy free too, lots of choice. Not so much with dessert though. Service was great, it was really busy, Friday night, but didn't need to wait long for drinks or food.

                                                              9. HJ

                                                                HelenJ

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                Friendly welcome Very busy with good atmosphere Good food

                                                              10. j

                                                                justme

                                                                Richmond

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                Great food, nice staff, little bit of a wait but was a busy Sunday. Good choice of beers

                                                              11. CG

                                                                ClaireG

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Our second visit and not disappointed - delicious food we tried the Sunday roast. Food was hit fresh and very yeasty. Lovely efficient friendly staff.

                                                              12. DW

                                                                DuncanW

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                We dined two nights running, mainly because the service from Molly on the first night was outstanding

                                                              13. HG

                                                                HannahG

                                                                Yorkshire

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                It was great to find a dog friendly pub. The front of house staff asked if we wanted some water for the dog before we sat down. Our waiter wasn’t very attentive however. When taking our order, our waiter didn’t have a note pad. This meant he missed one of our side dishes off our order. This wasn’t even put through the till. Which is a shame. We also were willing to stay and have another drink and dessert, but after our plates were taken away we were ignored until we had to go to the bar to ask for the bill. Other than this, the food was nice and the other staff were friendly.

                                                              14. MR

                                                                MargaretR

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Really friendly welcoming staff. Food was plentiful and really good quality. Would definitely recommend a visit.

                                                              15. PW

                                                                PamW

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great atmosphere and lovely food, the staff were very friendly and the setting was wonderful, throughly enjoyed our evening ( so much we returned on Sunday)

                                                              16. SG

                                                                SharonG

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great first impressions, great breakfast , comfortable bed. Lovely place to stay on our way to Scotland! 💖😀X

                                                              17. SB

                                                                SamB

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely pub that welcomed us with a baby. Friendly helpful staff, even though the young lad said it was his first night. He did a great job. Food was lovely served quickly. Would definitely recommend. Only disappointment was the battered halloumi, I had there on the last visit, was no longer on the menu and it was delicious. Would highly recommend and will certainly visit again on our next trip to the lakes.

                                                              18. SS

                                                                SteveS

                                                                Devon

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                While visiting the Lakes 3 of us decided to take the boat form Glenridding to Pooley Bridge where we visited the Pooley Bridge Inn for Lunch. We were greeted and accommodated with the minimum of fuss. The food was fantastic and the staff were attentive without being intrusive. We were all very impressed and will return on our next trip to the area.

                                                              19. LW

                                                                LaurenW

                                                                Inverness

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Excellent value for money, large portions and very tasty food we had the gammon and lamb. And a lovely gluten free brownie for pudding. Yummy!

                                                              20. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 2 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Cheerful staff and good service. Glad we booked ahead they were busy but coping well.

                                                              21. LC

                                                                LouiseC

                                                                County Durham

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                Very quick at delivering food , and it was very nice

                                                              22. RP

                                                                RosemaryP

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Picked one of the busiest Sundays to eat. We phoned to say we'd be 30 minutes late but was no problem. When we arrived it was so busy inside and out but the staff were highly efficient and organised and so welcoming. My Sunday roast was delicious. Definitely be back.

                                                              23. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely looking Inn, very friendly staff who manage to get everyone served on extremely busy weekends . Food is lovely with a great selection

                                                              24. AF

                                                                AlexF

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great Sunday dinner. Friendly, helpful staff. Would definitely recommend.

                                                              25. G

                                                                Grace

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                overall4food5service1ambience5

                                                                The food was great, atmosphere was lovely. Very dog friendly, asked us if we wanted to move to suit us and the dog better. The only thing that let it down was the service of our waiter. Other members of staff were helpful.

                                                              26. KW

                                                                KellyW

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                wonderful meal to end our holiday on a stopover returning from Scotland. the food was fantastic and despite being very busy the service. excellent team in EXCELLENT LOCATION.

                                                              27. DS

                                                                DeanS

                                                                Newcastle

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Brilliant atmosphere, scrumptious food. Staff fantastic, very friendly , efficient and customer service second to none. Lots of food choices. Thank you

                                                              28. C

                                                                Cass67

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Beautiful restaurant n outside area amazing. Patio heaters would be good. Pity unable to buy Rioja by the glass..More disable bays required for parking..Food was excellent and staff were very pleasant and friendly

                                                              29. EM

                                                                EddieM

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                overall2food4service4ambience1

                                                                Good basic food, good beer but being given a table next to an open entrance door and the main thoroughfare for customers and waiting staff to the garden dining area spoilt the whole visit. That was after we’d booked the night before.

                                                              30. RF

                                                                RosieF

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Really nice lunch with Mum & Dad at the Pooley Bridge Inn, it's our current local favourite as the "pub grub" food is well cooked, service is good and it's only 10 minutes from home. Mum & I had the chicken & bacon salad again - good sized sliced chicken breast, lots of crispy bacon, sun dried tomatoes, black olives, roasted peppers, mixed salad leaves and a really good pesto dressing (although mum's was rather drenched in the dressing today and it put her off a bit as it made the leaves a bit slimy). Dad & Himself had huge portions of fish and chips with lovely crispy batter (actually it would have doubled as a whale it was so big!!) Sadly no room for dessert but the ones going past our table looked really good

                                                              31. R

                                                                Roger

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                overall1food2service1ambience1

                                                                I was told it was dog friendly by the staff but, I didn't realise if you book with a dog you get squashed into a small section of the pub in front of the Tele with all the other dog owners. If I wanted to sit infront of the Tele to eat my dinner I would sit at home. Not pay over the odds for mediocre food and crap service (we had to clear our own table and get up to ask for drinks even though we had been specifically told it was table service).

                                                              32. EB

                                                                ErnieB

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                Service was good and the food was excellent. Lovely friendly atmosphere.

                                                              33. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely meal with the family. Great quality as normal. Can’t wait to come back

                                                              34. T

                                                                Trip2022

                                                                Manchester

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                overall3food5service3ambience3

                                                                Lovely food and nice venue. Very busy and lots of family groups. Service was quick but didn't seem to flow. Would go again though reasonable.

                                                              35. SD

                                                                ScottD

                                                                Yorkshire

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely food and lovely staff even during the busy period at opening

                                                              36. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent food and service

                                                              37. R

                                                                Robbo

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Good food (would have liked more of a selection of vegetables) but food, service and atmosphere was good, thanks

                                                              38. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Oxford

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                Good service but felt the food was a little instant. We were out within 40 mins, so not somewhere we would look to go for an evening out. Would be great though for a quick bite. Burger was fab and great portions.

                                                              39. m

                                                                mariaf

                                                                London

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Go here often. Always guaranteed good food and service

                                                              40. TL

                                                                TracyL

                                                                Cumbria

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                Greeting was friendly. Food was gorgeous. Our waiter was brilliant. Really nice pub with a fab atmosphere. The staff were funny and friendly, very family orientated. Great selection of drinks including local beers and gin. Highly recommend

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                                                              Pooley bridge inn is rated 4.2 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Booked 20 times today
                                                              Google Map for Pooley bridge inn

                                                              Finkle St, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2NN

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Area

                                                                Penrith

                                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                                Bar Daily 12:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–20:30 Dinner Daily 12:00–20:30

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                British

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress Code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking Details

                                                                Hotel Parking

                                                              • Payment Options

                                                                MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Executive Chef

                                                                Kevin Searl

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access

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