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The Highland Drove Inn, penrith, Cumbria

The Highland Drove Inn

4.7
4.7
67 Reviews
£25 and under
British

The Highland Drove has a deserved reputation as an exceptional local, with great beers, excellent wines and some of the most innovative food in the area

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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 15:00–23:00 Lunch Sun 12:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    01768 870304

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Menu

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What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cumbria

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Cumbria

    Best Service

  • Cumbria

    Best Ambience

  • Cumbria

    Best Value

  • Cumbria

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cumbria

    Lunch

  • Cumbria

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Cumbria

    Romance

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  1. J

    Jimbob586

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I am a regular at The Highland Drove and find the service, food and welcome is excellent and never varies.

  2. CM

    CatherineM

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, excellent service, will be returning.

  3. J

    Jimbob586

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favourite eating places locally. Sensible menu catering for most needs. The food is excellent and well presented. Friendly and attentive staff - one could not ask for more. Thoroughly recommended.

  4. LO

    LOCAL

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    It was good food but a little expensive for a pub meal.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Very good service. Sunday lunch was fantastic. Great Yorkshire puddings. It was a little on the pricey side but will definitely visit again. Would be good to have a but more choice for kids.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    A restaurant that entices customers with a fictitious menu on their website, and which bears very little resemblance to what is offered, is a depressing reflection on this establishment.

  7. JP

    JoanP

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food. Varied menu. Excellent choice of desserts. Warm welcome from staff

  8. B

    Bert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    2pm booking for Sunday lunch did not disappoint at our 'local'. A visiting guest's birthday and our wedding anniversary made this an easy choice- delicious food (roast beef) with excellent mix of vegetable dishes and extra gravy on request was no problem: a light, wonderful sticky toffee pudding with ice cream - washed down with a really good pint of theakstons. All plates cleared and friendly, attentive service makes us feel lucky to have this on our doorstep!

  9. LO

    LOCAL

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy food here, it is constantly very good - always room for improvement with some courses. Some lighter dishes could be good.

  10. SD

    StephenD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The Highland Drove is a welcoming pub and restaurant. The menu is varied and, in true Cumbrian style the portions are generous. The meals are well cooked and nicely presented. The beers are well kept and the wine list is a good size.

  11. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely brilliant service, they went above and beyond for our special occasion :-)

  12. d

    dougve

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Enjoyable meal. Good menu selection and Specials. Very pleasant staff.

  13. CD

    CharlotteD

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Would highly recommend! Amazing food and service. Very welcoming to both us and our dogs. We were a party of four and all had different dishes for all three courses and all were cooked and served to a very high standard. Candles created a cost ambience. If in the area again wouldn’t hesitate to return.

  14. J

    Jimbob586

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service. Originally booked a table in the bar but it was quite busy and noisy. Moved to the dining room without any trouble where we enjoyed an excellent meal (my sirloin steak was cooked to perfection) with attentive service. Will definitely be returning as we only live a few miles away.

  15. P

    pollyP

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hidden gem! Superb food, friendly attentive staff, relaxing and cosy atmoshphere. We ordered the pigeon, followed by Hake (catch of the day), Lamb, mint and pea pie followed by crepe with fresh fruit , chocolate and cream accompaniment - absolutely delicious. Will definately return very soon.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely meal, attentive staff and great cosy atmosphere

  17. MT

    MickT

    Cumbria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great meal , good range of choice on the menu highly recommended.

  18. GB

    GarethB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is a real gem, fantastic food, ambience, real ales and great staff. Will be back and back again!!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great quality and great service in a fabulous place.

  20. AD

    AlisonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic Sunday lunch, lovely atmosphere, log burning stove, very attentive staff and my favourite bit one of the best chocolate fondant puddings with vanilla ice cream I have ever had, compliments to the chef on your amazing food, we can't wit to go back.

  21. t

    tomd

    North Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Highland Drove is a wonderful country pub/establishment. The local beer available is superb; Tirrel. The food is better/beyond the usual pub grub as the menu varies but is consistently very good. The atmosphere is inclusive and warm as is the welcome from patrons and management. Our waiters were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. We patronize the Drove whenever the opportunity arises; I can't recommend it highly enough! Thank you! Tom

  22. E

    Ellie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for my birthday meal and it was amazing! They decorated the table with balloons and a happy birthday sign. The food was incredible I had a chicken special. During the meal we were given a free bottle of Prosecco to celebrate my birthday and at the end of the meal we were given chocolates decorated with happy 19th birthday. The service was amazing. Was a busy night so really nice atmosphere. I would recommend this very highly and will definitely be returning!

  23. PK

    PaulK

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Surprisingly excellent establishment in the middle of nowhere

  24. KT

    KTBFFH

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was well worth the trip out for what was a delicious and hearty Sunday lunch. The waiting staff couldn’t have been more helpful. All in all we had a great time and will certainly be back - and soon. Thanks.

  25. MT

    MickT

    Cumbria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great Sunday dinner the lamb was particularly good .

  26. PJ

    PeterJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely Friday evening meal at this beautiful place . Cannot recommend it enough . From the moment we arrived to the time we left was first class service . Warmed by log burning stoves we chose from the menu . I had the special Pheasant wrapped in bacon with a pearl barley risotto and broccoli. My partner had the Dover Sole . Both absolutely delicious and well presented . A gem of a place , out of the way but not to be missed . We will definitely be back . Oh forgot to mention great real ales and fine wines to boot .

  27. QB

    QueenBee

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Lovely dog friendly pub with a great ambience - candles and log fire in the middle of the restaurant very welcoming as were all the staff and owner. Nice to find a pub that has had money spent on it. A slight hiccup at the start meant our food took a while to arrive but it was worth the wait - piping hot, well presented and absolutely delicious. If only we'd had room for dessert....next time.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Highland Drove never fails to deliver good service, a warm atmosphere and great food.

  29. TH

    TomH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great service. Would highly recommend!

  30. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was quality and the staff were really friendly. Will come again

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing I couldn’t fault it, the lady who served us was welcoming and the only thing I would say is the dessert menu could be a little more traditional .

  32. G

    Glynnbo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food served in a pleasant, convivial atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and efficient.

  33. MT

    MickT

    Cumbria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great Sunday lunch, quality food and beer.

  34. MR

    MoiraR

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful place , very cosy and friendly. Food was lovely.

  35. LO

    LOCAL

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience1

    The food left a lot to be desired. Poor quality roast turkey. Fish stew was lacking imagination - a lot of fish in orange jus.

  36. FF

    FoodieFan

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a lovely Sunday Lunch! Both meat and all vegetables were cooked to perfection. So important to have cranberry sauce with turkey :) Delicious desserts, beautifully presented. A really lovely Christmassy ambience too! We will return!

  37. MT

    MickT

    Cumbria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Sunday roast beef with excellent quality meat . Lovely and warm with an open fire in the bar and a wood burner in the restaurant . Service and hospitality couldn't be faulted , highly recommended.

  38. SR

    SueR

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to eat here. The food is fantastic, the staff always welcoming and warm. The Highland Drove is looking very festive and ready for Christmas 🎄☃️🎄☃️

  39. SH

    StephenH

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a lovely Sunday lunch here yesterday with my elderly Dad. The restaurant itself was warm and cosy, and the lady put us next to the log burner to keep Dad warm, having requested this in our booking. The service was friendly and professional, the food was delicious and well presented, and we spent a very pleasant lunchtime there.

  40. AE

    AlisonE

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub with great food and great atmosphere .Staff very friendly abs efficient .I went with my family and we all really enjoyed our meal and experience here .

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The Highland Drove Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Highland Drove Inn

Great Salkeld, Penrith CA11 9NA Cumbria CA11 8JN United Kingdom penrith, Cumbria CA119NA

Additional information

  • Area

    Penrith

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 15:00–23:00 Lunch Sun 12:00–20:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

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