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5 Great Restaurants in Whitehaven, One of England's Lake District Towns

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.

Whitehaven, Cumbria is a small town in the British Lake District by the sea, close to popular camping spots such as Kendal, Keswick, and St. Bees Beach. It is the home of the yearly Whitehaven Festival, which attracts people from all over the country with cooking shows, boat shows, food stalls and more.

It is also home to the entertaining Beacon Museum and various high street shopping areas. This large port town is the home of over 23,000 people.


If you're visiting Whitehaven, no doubt you'll be looking for somewhere to eat. Here are five great restaurants that are worth a visit during your stay in the town, including their locations and the types of cuisine that they offer their guests. All of these restaurants are within walking distance of the town centre.

1. Zest

Zest is located right on the harbour and is always a place for great food at an affordable price. The theme is traditional British food, with an emphasis on west Cumbrian cuisine, including fresh local seafood.

Similarly to a Spanish tapas restaurant, you can order half-portions and share them around, so that you can taste four or five dishes when only paying for two or three between you. The restaurant is clean, has a calm atmosphere and friendly staff.

There is also a bar serving a range of drinks, and is open until 9:30pm on Wednesdays to Fridays, and until 10:00pm on Saturdays. However, the restaurant is closed from Sunday to Tuesday.

2. Crosby's Fish and Chips

Some argue that you can't visit the seaside without having some local fish and chips! If this is the case for you, Crosby's Fish and Chip shop is the best place to go.

Crosby's Fish and Chips

Crosby's Fish and Chips

It's located not far from Zest and only a few minutes' walk from the harbour. The fish is caught locally, guaranteeing a much fresher taste than most fish and chip shops. Averaging on a four-star rating on Trip Advisor and voted the second best restaurant in Whitehaven, it's definitely worth a visit if you're craving some of this classic British grub.

3. Anna's

Anna's is a relatively new cafe and restaurant that has been expanding since it was opened. Their available dishes include savoury crepes, sweet crepes, and traditional English teas such as scones with jam and cream. It also sells fruit smoothies, coffees, teas and hot chocolate, as well as soft drinks.

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The best time to visit Anna's is for breakfast or lunch unless you'd like to drink alcoholic beverages there, which are also available in the evening. Anna's is so popular that it often gets very crowded, which is why the restaurant has expanded its chairs by almost twice the original amount since it opened.

Their hot chocolate is delicious, and their crepes are very filling (can be split between two people), and very enjoyable. Popular varieties include mushroom, cheese, smoked salmon, and cajun chicken for savoury, and toffee apple, Nutella and banana, and mixed berries for sweet.

Anna's also offers sandwiches, traditional English breakfast, salads, and burgers.

4. Casa Romana

Casa Romana has been awarded an average of four stars from Trip Advisor and been given several awards. It is an Italian cuisine restaurant located in the Whitehaven town centre.

It is a clean and friendly restaurant with good service and pleasant, homemade food. Their spaghetti carbonara, with smoked bacon, black pepper, and parmesan cheese was excellent. The prices are affordable, and it is in a convenient location just a ten-minute walk from the harbour and a five-minute walk from the high street shops.

Their desserts are really delicious, particularly their Baileys and Brandy snap basket. A decent restaurant at decent prices that is worth a visit in the evening. The romantic atmosphere also makes it a great place to have a date if you're traveling as a couple.

5. Orchid Manor

As Chinese restaurants go, Orchid Manor is the best in Whitehaven for real Chinese food. It is conveniently located, between the town centre and the harbour, and is a clean and friendly restaurant. There are other Chinese restaurants nearby but Orchid Manor is the best by far. Their high-quality food is authentic and delicious.

Orchid Manor

Orchid Manor

A buffet is available for £12.50 per person. The glazed duck is recommended, as it is rich and tender. Orchid Manor remains a popular restaurant for both local visitors and tourists.

There are many more great restaurants in the harbour town of Whitehaven that have been voted as excellent by visitors and continue to be visited by both loyal locals and curious travellers. Whether you're in the mood for Chinese food, traditional British cuisine, or fine dining, there is something for everyone in Whitehaven! Bon appétit!

© 2014 Poppy


Tess on July 29, 2014:

Great article and useful too. Thanks!

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