The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel)

Aynsome Road, Cartmel, LA11 6PL
The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel) Outside

Up until 2015, the Pig & Whistle was best known as chef Simon Rogan’s (of L’Enclume) foray in being a pub landlord. It attracted a good number of visitors keen to try the chef’s cuisine without the Michelin starred prices of his nearby signature restaurant. The pub has now returned to previous license holders and local couple, Emma and Tim, but it still remains a gastro favourite with good, seasonal, bistro style food.

The inn is located in a quiet corner of Cartmel, away from the priory and the central shops and pubs, appealing to those who prefer to be away from the crowds. Inside, you will find a warm welcome with cask ales, and outside, there is a delightful beer garden perfect for watching the sun set.

Food & Drink

The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel) pub

Photo thanks to the Pig & Whistle

The Michelin starred chef may have left, but the inn still serves exquisite food that is beautifully presented. The main menu is not extensive, but there is something to suit all tastes and the restricted number of options ensures that the kitchen is able to do each dish very well. The menu changes with the seasons and features internationally inspired cuisine, such as curried lamb with savoury custard.

A tapas menu is available for those who prefer something lighter, and on Fridays, to Sundays, there is a lunchtime menu in operation with a good selection of sandwiches. For children, there is a choice of four dishes that are children’s favourites or the pub can provide smaller portions of their mains if preferred.

The Pig & Whistle is owned by the Robinson’s Brewery and serves four cask ales supplied by the brewery, including their popular Cumbria Way – a golden ale that is full-bodied with hints of citrus. There is a good wine list that changes regularly, with something to suit most tastes and many available to buy by the glass. You will also find a good choice of ciders, draught beers, spirits, and soft drinks here.

Other Features

The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel) beer garden

Photo thanks to the Pig & Whistle

The Pig & Whistle has a television with a BT Sports subscription and shows all of the network’s Premier League and Champion’s League matches. Each Thursday, the pub gives patrons a chance to reminisce with Bring Your Own Vinyl Nights. Bring along your own collection to listen and share with other patrons.

Throughout the year, the pub hosts a variety of other events, including open mic nights and celebratory events for national holidays. The pub has a large beer garden that overlooks farm fields and is perfectly positioned to watch the sunset.


The Pig & Whistle does not offer rooms, but it does have a holiday cottage available on a self-catered basis located next to the pub. The cottage has recently been completely refurbished and comprises of two bedrooms and an open plan lounge / kitchen / diner with a sofa bed. It has the ability to sleep up to six people and includes its own private parking (which is hard to find in Cartmel) and a private terrace. Dogs are not permitted to stay in the cottage.


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