17th July 2012Where to eat in Whitehaven: Daytime treats

Yesterday I popped into Whitehaven to do some shopping. I quite often do – it’s an easy place to park and there’s always a relaxed atmosphere in town. I like the feeling that everybody knows everybody. Anyway, no shopping trip is complete without a stop for coffee, cake, lunch or all three. There are so many options for refuelling in Whitehaven – whether you’ve just finished the coastal walk from St.Bees, been wandering around the Georgian port town’s fascinating museums, or simply been shopping for essentials. And if you’re visiting the area, you’ll want to go somewhere with a bit of flair. And why not?

Here are a couple of tips to get started with (and really, I’m only scratching the surface).

Westminster Café Bar, 65 Lowther Street, CA28 7AH.
Tel: 07543 522162

Westminster Café Bar

I bet you can’t stand in front of the cake stand for more than a minute without ordering something…

For a sophisticated mid-shop refreshment, drop into Westminster Café Bar. You’ll find high quality, professionally served coffee, a truly extravagant cake stand and a varied menu of freshly prepared meals, sandwiches and paninis. The bar’s also licensed, so this is an ideal choice for a lazy lunch with a glass of wine.

If coffee is your thing, you’ll love the décor as much as the créma. Since opening 17 years ago, proprietor Brian has collected every single official Lavazza photographic calendar – always having served this world-famous brand of coffee. These industry collectors’ items now fill the walls with classy, sometimes controversial Italian photography. What with the music and the sparkling chandelier, there’s a real atmosphere to this place. Enjoy it!

Just a snippet of Brian’s fabulous Lavazza collection

Just a snippet of Brian’s fabulous Lavazza collection.

Zest Harbourside, West Strand Harbour, Whitehaven, CA28 7LR.
Tel: 01946 66981  

If you know restaurants, you’ve likely already heard of Zest in Whitehaven. It’s renowned as one of the Western Lake District’s elite dining experiences, with an emphasis on locally sourced produce and a unique, surprising menu. The original Zest Restaurant opened in 2000 and within 2 years had such a reputation that the owners (Ricky and Emma) decided to open a second Zest venue - this time on the harbourside in the centre of town.  

Zest Cookbook

Converted from an old fishing warehouse, Zest Harbourside enjoys one of the finest locations in Whitehaven in my humble opinion - just steps from the town centre and overlooking the beautiful harbour.

There’s a relaxed pace to Zest Harbourside’s surroundings and the menu is unpretentious, casual yet always with a flurry of character. Classic sandwiches, fresh fish dishes, pastas and salads share the menu with swanky side orders such as pesto mash and chilli greens. As you’d imagine, there’s also a healthy does of fish on the menu and specials board.

Whitehaven - the perfect day out
Millom & Black Combe

Brian Sherwen Photography

Many images on this website have been supplied to us by Brian Sherwen.