Nestling just on the western border of the Lake District National Park, Cockermouth enjoys an enviable position by the quieter western lakes. It's a historic market town, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and gaining its royal charter in 1221. Today it's a fine example of Georgian architecture and is recognised as one of only 51 'Gem towns' of England, earmarked for preservation due to its beautiful town centre. It's also known as a bit of a foodie town and restaurants in Cockermouth enjoy an excellent reputation as some of the best in the region.
Cumbria is a county known for its fine produce and when this is combined with a little continental inspiration, you know you're onto a winner. Take Frederick's, for example. Here, you'll find creative fusions of local and international flavours, such as goats cheese with Cumberland sauce and an excellent Vietnamese sticky pork curry. Over at Merienda, meanwhile, you can start your day with a simply superb breakfast of scrambled local duck eggs served with smoked salmon, smashed avocado and spinach on a bed of cob bread.
Sometimes nothing beats a good Italian meal and when the mood takes you you should take yourself off to one of the fine Italian restaurants in Cockermouth. Tarantella is a local favourite and turns out all your Italian favourites with skill and flair. You'll find an excellent selection of pizzas and pastas, along with some delicious starters, such as carpaccio di manzo (fillet of beef carpaccio with rocket and parmesan shavings in a Caesar dressing). If you can, remember to leave a little room for one of their very tempting desserts.
This lovely town has some great bars and cafes but restaurants in Cockermouth are also right at the centre of the local nightlife. Good company and great food are made to go together, so meet up with friends and grab a table for a catch-up with some tasty eats. If you're planning a romantic date, meanwhile, nothing fits the bill better than a carefully lit table in a romantic little bistro. Have a look at our selection of Cockermouth restaurants and pick the perfect place for your next big night out.