The Ship (Dovenby)

Dovenby, Cockermouth, CA13 0PN
The Ship (Dovenby) Outside

A short drive from Cockermouth in the village of Dovenby, the Ship is a delightful gastro pub that is incredibly family friendly. It’s a popular choice for local residents who are seeking a more upmarket pub dining experience and it offers a fine selection of ales and wines.

Inside this charming Cumbrian inn, there is a bar with comfortable leather sofas and heart-warming fires, whilst the light and airy restaurant offers a sophisticated dining space. Outside the pub benefits from a spacious beer garden surrounded by the farmlands of West Cumbria.

Food and Drink

The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel) pub

Photo thanks to The Ship

The Ship has three hand pumps available for real ale and offers a changing selection of beers sourced from around the country. In addition, the Ship offers a good range of premium beers, lagers, and ciders, as well as lesser known brands from up and coming breweries. There is a substantial wine list that has a selection of quality wines from around the globe, and an excellent choice of whiskies, gins, rums, and other spirits from local and international distilleries.

The Menu

Food is served every day, twice a day from 11.45am – 2.30pm and then again from 5.30pm – 8.30pm (9pm on Fridays & Saturdays). Local and seasonal ingredients are used wherever possible. During the lunch service diners can opt for a light meal, such as sandwiches, ciabattas, jacket potatoes, paninis, and salads, or opt for something more substantial from the main menu. The main menu features typical gastro-pub dishes, such as a homemade steak and ale pie, chicken breast with a garlic sauce, and local sirloin steak.

Vegetarians have three dishes to choose from with additional dishes available on the daily specials board that offers a range of imaginative and seasonal meals. On Sundays, a full traditional roast dinner is served with a choice of beef, turkey, or the weekly special. Children are extremely well-catered for here, with an under 12 menu that has ten dishes to choose from with all the favourites featured and ice cream included in the price.

Other Features

The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel) beer garden

Photo thanks to The Ship

The beer garden at the Ship has been refurbished in recent years and is a large open space with plenty of picnic benches and areas for children to play in. The pub uses the garden to host regular family friendly events such as BBQs and fun days. The pub is very accommodating to children with a selection of toys available.


The Pig & Whistle (Cartmel) accommodation

Photo thanks to The Ship

The Ship has three guestrooms that feature modern and comfortable furnishings. All three rooms are double rooms and each one benefits from an en-suite shower room, a television with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary toiletries. It’s worth noting that all rooms require access via a flight of stairs. Breakfast is not included.


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