The Dog Beck – Wetherspoons (Penrith)

21-22 Southend Road, Penrith, CA11 8JH
The Dog Beck – Wetherspoons (Penrith) Outside

A staple of the British high street, Wetherspoons offer low cost, no frills food and real ale. The chain opened their Penrith branch back in 2014 and named it the Dog Beck after the underground stream that flows close to the property. Like most other Wetherspoons pubs the Dog Beck is open from 8am until late, serving food throughout those hours.

The pub is located in the centre of Penrith, close to the Premier Inn and is popular with residents of that hotel. It welcomes children with baby changing facilities provided and the pub has step free access.

Food & Drink

The Dog Beck Penrith

Photo thanks to The Dog Beck Penrith

This being a Wetherspoons pub, you can expect to find a wide selection of real ales here with around ten available at any given time. There are two regular ales, Wetherspoons favourites Greene King Abbot and Sharp’s Doom Bar, plus a changing selection mostly sourced from breweries across the country, though local ales do occasionally make an appearance. The large bar has a good stock of draught and bottled beers and lagers, various spirits, including a range of gins, a mixture of wines, plus a good choice of soft drinks. As with all Wetherspoons, the pub serves Lavazza coffee and tea with free refills.

Food is served from 8am with a breakfast menu in operation until noon. The breakfast menu includes various cooked options, including a traditional English breakfast and an American breakfast with pancakes. From noon onwards, the main menu has an extensive selection of dishes. For smaller appetites, there are hot snacks, jacket potatoes, paninis, wraps and salads. Alternatively, the menu offers a good choice of burgers, steaks, pizzas, and pub classics. It’s not gourmet dining by any standards, but it does offer low cost meals that will fill you up. There are choices for vegetarians, those on gluten-free diets, and a number of favourite dishes for children.

Other Features

The pub has a rooftop terrace that offers the opportunity to dine outdoors when the weather permits. The pub has a television screen near the bar showing a 24 hour news channel.


The Dog Beck occupies a building that dates back to the early 19th century and was once the home to the Cumberland County Clinic – a dispensary that served the Victorian inhabitants of the town. The underground stream originally tunnelled into a channel directly in front of the pub. Inside the pub, there are various prints and other items on display with links to the history of Penrith.


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