Review on Dukes Head

'Armathwaite' apparently means 'hermit's clearing', which gives some idea of the appealing remoteness of this gentrified family-run hostelry at the heart of the Eden Valley. No wonder it is a haven for birdwatchers and walkers.

The inn is a well-proportioned whitewashed building with open fires, oak settles and prints in the civilised Last Cast lounge and a touch more refined elegance in the dining room.

Check out the specials board for the most interesting local dishes that the kitchen has to offer: typical favourites might include pork, chicken and smoked duck terrine, roast Ulverston sea bass with strips of Waberthwaite ham, and smoked Cumbrian cheese and leek tart. Otherwise, the regular menu spans everything open sandwiches and potted Solway shrimps to grilled venison with red wine, mushroom and redcurrant sauce or baked salmon on a bed of leeks with dry Vermouth and prawns. Bringing up the rear are desserts such as Cumberland rum nicky or lemon and gin mousse.

Two real ales are generally on draught and the pub has a decent, keenly priced wine list.

Dukes Head is also featured in: Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Traditional British

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.30 - 9.00
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Sun
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm

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Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Dukes Head

  • Childrens menu
  • Partial disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 40 covers


Accomodation is available, (5 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Dukes Head
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