Where to Eat in Workington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 29, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Workington is a town and civil parish at the mouth of the River Derwent on the west coast of Cumbria, England. Historically in Cumberland and lying in the Borough of Allerdale, Workington is 32 miles (51.5 km) southwest of Carlisle, 7 miles (11.3 km) west of Cockermouth, and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Maryport. At the 2011 Census it had a population of 25,207.
Things to do in Workington

1. The Briery Hotel & Restaurant

90 Stainburn Road, Workington CA14 1ST, England Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Television Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1900 603395
Excellent
55%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 264 reviews

The Briery Hotel & Restaurant

Our extensive menu has over 70 dishes of Italian and English cuisines, all our food is prepared & cooked to order from local fresh produce. We can cater for all your needs no party is to small or large .

Reviewed By alisdair t - Workington, United Kingdom

We have been here for bar meals, and really enjoyed them, so decided to give it a go for a Christmas evening meal... We had to book in advance, and pay a deposit, and also choose our food, which was not any problem for us, and we also chose to sit in the bar area..
Service was excellent, very friendly and attentive.. The food was fantastic, traditional Christmas Turkey dinner, with all the trimmings.. I had the thai style fish cake for my starters, and the chocolate brownie for dessert, and both also very nice. Then after we had finished our meal, and relaxing with a drink, they brought out a box of matcmakers for us... As if we had not just ate enough.. ha ha..
Pleasant surroundings, and relaxed atmosphere there made it a lovely evening

2. Hunday Manor Country House Hotel Restaurant

A595 towards Whitehaven, Workington CA14 4JF, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1900 61798
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Hunday Manor Country House Hotel Restaurant

Reviewed By Ruth J - Workington, United Kingdom

We live not far from here but we have never thought of coming here for a meal. The hotel is in a lovely setting with amazing views over Workington and the Irish Sea. Another bonus is the nice big car park. Staff were friendly and polite. We chose our meals of the bar menu but you eat in the restaurant. There was a good selection and our food was nicely presented, flavoursome and hot. We will return.

3. The Royal Yew

Dean, Workington CA14 4TJ, England Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards British, Pizza, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$8 +44 1946 861342
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 289 reviews

The Royal Yew

The Royal Yew welcomes you with a warm Cumbrian welcome. We have an extensive menu for lunch, evening meals and wine list and provide a children's menu and highchairs. We use the highest quality of local fresh produce, even stocking the local gin, vodka and whisky! New service available Take Away Pizza & Fish and Chips

Reviewed By StuartD - Sunny Lancashire

Booked for lunch on Easter Saturday, as we were up visiting my parents in Cockermouth for the weekend. On arrival we discovered they've got a 2 for 1 lunchtime menu at £9.95 alongside a fairly extensive 'normal' menu and additional 'specials'. There was a good choice on the 2 for 1 menu so we took the plunge.... but in all honesty I didn't expect much for less than a fiver each. How wrong we were! The meals were all delicious (my roast pork was lovely, my wife raved about her vegetarian lasagne and my parents wolfed down their fish and chips and scampi with chips and salad.) Our son's homemade fish fingers from the children's menu were also superb (and a decent sized portion too!) I'd thoroughly recommend it and we'll definitely be back!

4. Brewery House

16 Main Road | High Harrington, Workington CA14 5PF, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$86 - HK$188 +44 1946 830677
Excellent
59%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 344 reviews

Brewery House

Welcome to The Brewery House! Our aim is to ensure that your visit is a pleasurable experience - whether it's for a quiet drink, an evening with friends in the bar playing darts and watching TV sports or a relaxing three-course meal with your family in our refurbished restaurant.Our 60-seater restaurant serves a wide variety of delicious home cooked freshly-prepared food, including starters, main courses and desserts all competitively priced, available at lunchtimes and evenings. Our Sunday lunches attract diners from across West Cumbria.

Reviewed By KatieWoof91

I visited Brewery House with 5 others to catch up before Christmas. We all had the Christmas Fayre 3 course menu at £18.99 which is great value for money. I started off with the Roasted Red Pepper soup, followed by the Roast Turkey with all the trimmings (including a homemade Yorkshire pudding, bonus!).. the meat was delicious and the veg cooked to perfection and very fresh. I finished off with the cheesecake of the day which was Double chocolate (white and milk).. absolutely gorgeous. We were greeted with a warm welcome and we all enjoyed sitting by the open fire.
We'll be back again soon! Merry Christmas!

5. Flavour

21 Washington Street, Workington CA14 3AW, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Spanish, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$220 +44 1900 268151
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 434 reviews

Flavour

A Funky fresh fusion Tapas eatery with a mediteranean fresh style all dishes cooked to order. Our tapas is larger than normal to accomodate any appetite!

Reviewed By Terry S

I visited flavour last night for the first time, I wasn't sure what to expect but the menu I received prior to going looked very good.
On arrival we were greeted warmly and showed to out table.
We were talked through the menu by the restraunt owner who was more than helpful.
We ordered several dishes to share and they were soon at our table the taste and flavours were amazing and cooked to perfection at first glance I thought the portion size was possibly a little small, how wrong can you be? By the time we had finished I was totally stuffed.
Thank you to all the staff for a great evening, I'll definitely recommend a visit to anyone.

6. Oily's

Oily Johnnies inn | Winscales, Workington CA14 4JG, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$165 +44 1900 66655
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 506 reviews

Oily's

Chef patron Warwick Muir opened Oily's in June 2008 since then it has carved out a reputation as one of Cumbria's premier eateries. The food is classic British with a few Mediterranean elements.

Reviewed By Susan M - Workington, UK

It is a while we ate at Oileys, last time the food was just ok. this time it was much improved, i had lamb dinner which was very tasty, lots of veg all of which were very good. Puddings went down really well.

7. The Old Ginn House Restaurant & Bar

Old Ginn House Moor Road | Great Clifton, Workington CA14 1TS, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Bar, British Lunch, Dinner +44 1900 64616
Excellent
43%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

The Old Ginn House Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Joseph H - Ossett, United Kingdom

Visited here for lunch on a tour to Cumbria as recommended in one of my AA guide books.
I was very pleased by the entire experience and would certainly recommend to others if in the area. The service was friendly and the prices were decent. I ordered the Old Ginn House Farm Grill that consisted of gammon and sausage and received a huge plate of food. The quality of the ingredients was decent and I was so full by the end of the plate.
There was also a good selection of drinks on the bar and would highly recommend the Clocker Stout from the Tractor Shed Brewery if it is on when you visit.

8. The Travellers Rest

63 High Street, Workington CA14 4EU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1900 604598
Excellent
67%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 456 reviews

The Travellers Rest

Reviewed By Sara L - Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Recommended to come here by a friend.
Decor is very dated. Food very poor, cheap quality; cheap scampi with black gritty bits in.
Partner got a burger; resembled Bernard Matthews meat.
We regularly go out to eat and enjoy good quality meals; more quality over quantity.
We did not eat much of our meals and we will not be returning.

9. Butterflies Workington

18, Workington, England Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +44 1900 606795
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Butterflies Workington

Reviewed By John M - Stafford, United Kingdom

We called in for a quick snack and enjoyed excellent food served quickly and cheerfully tempted to top off our excellent sandwiches and baguette with slice of homemade rhubarb crumble cake and cream.The tea tasted as if made with good quality tea leaves and the bill was a pleasant surprise The surroundings were plain but clean and bright
This cafe deserves it's popularity

10. The Wild Duck

Main Street | Branthwaite, Workington CA14 4SZ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1900 602487
Excellent
44%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 131 reviews

The Wild Duck

Reviewed By KBH89 - Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom

It must be 20 years since our last visit here , back in them days it was always the place to eat locally so didn't know what to expect during our latest visit.
It was a weekday lunchtime so didn't expect it to be bustling but it turned out to be virtually deserted, at first glance nothing much had changed over the years and it looked as if it was in need of a revamp and some money spent on it in regards of the carpets , tables and chairs and general decoration but then again this can add to the charm of a small village pub.
The one member of staff who we encountered was cheerful , friendly and welcoming and served us with a smile which is always a good start.
Now onto the food which was the main purpose of the visit, the menu consists of sandwiches, baguettes, jacket potatoes and a small selection of main meals, not a very extensive menu but perfectly acceptable, the waiting time for the food to arrive was just about right and the portion size was just about perfect and the food was all freshly prepared and very tasty, pleasantly surprised to say the least and would use again if in the local area

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