Food & drink
Kirkby Stephen itself has a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes, including Indian and Chinese restaurants and fish and chip shops, as well as places offering traditional Cumbrian fare. There are also plenty of other places to eat and drink in the surrounding villages.
Do note that tea shops can close quite early. If you are in a group and want tea and cakes after 4pm it's worth ringing to check they'll stay open for you. Fish and chip shop opening times can also take visitors by surprise; they all close between 7pm and 8pm.
Listed below are a number of establishments that welcome walkers.
Tea, Coffee and Snacks
The Cheeky Bean Express Coffee Bar is in the Emporium Delicatessen (also the Post Office). Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, chilled drinks, locally-made pies, cakes and sandwiches. Packed lunches made to order. 9am to 4.45pm, Monday-Friday and 9am to 3.30pm Saturday. 017683 71383.
The Church Gallery in Market Street has a coffee lounge and quiet patio with self-service hot and cold drink and cakes. Dogs welcome. Mon-Sat 9am - 4.45pm, Sun 11am - 4.45pm. 017683 72395
The Pink Geranium opens Weds to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm, Sunday 9am to 4pm for tea and cooked meals. Normally open Bank Holidays. Contact them to open earlier or later for groups. 017683 71586.
Bessy Beck tea room, at the trout fishery at Newbiggin-on-Lune, is open 10am - 5pm, Weds to Sunday during summer months, serving light snacks, teas and coffees (cream teas a speciality). www.bessybecktrout.co.uk
The White Lion, in Market Street, serves soup and sandwiches, only lunch and evenings and shows Sky TV sport.
The Coast to Coast fish and chips takeaway and 20 seater restaurant, as patronised by Alfred Wainwright, is in Kirkby Stephen on the road towards Brough. Thursday to Sunday 11.30am - 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 8pm. 017683 71194.
Archway Fish and Chips is in the town centre, offering take-away and a dining room catering for parties up to 20 (pre-booked). 017683 72063.
The Kings Arms is next to the Visitor Centre. This is a 17th Century coaching inn offering real ale and a relaxed atmosphere. Home cooking is available in a large restaurant or in the snug next to the bar. Prices range from a few pounds to £15.95 for a massive mixed grill.
The Black Bull Hotel is in the town centre. They serve anything from a simple snack to a three course meal, from around midday until 9pm. Plus a range of soft and hot drinks. 017683 71237. www.blackbullkirkbystephen.co.uk
The Mango Tree is considered one of the best Indian restaurants in the region, with Bangladeshi specialities amongst other unusual dishes. It is in the Market Square.
The Century Chinese Restaurant is tucked away in Walton's Yard, just off the market place in Kirkby Stephen. Take away or dine in the restaurant. Tues-Sat 12-2pm, 5-11.30pm. Sunday 5-11.30pm.
Good pubs outside Kirkby Stephen which offer quality food include The Inn at Brough in Brough, Nateby Inn in Nateby and the Black Swan and King's Head, both in Ravenstonedale.
The Fat Lamb, near Ravenstonedale, is open every day 8am to 11pm. Food from 12-2 and 6-9, although in the summer they aim to open from 12-9pm. If arriving outside normal lunch and evening meal times it's a good idea to ring to check: 015396 23242
Augill Castle is a little way out of Kirkby Stephen, near Brough. An imposing Gothic castle, it offers friendly, laid back hospitality. The Four Counties menu, sourced from the four counties surrounding the castle, is served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to non residents and includes everything from a simple bowl of olives, a hearty soup or a twice baked cheese soufflé, through traditional afternoon tea to a full three or four course dinner.