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Bessiestown is renowned for its hearty breakfasts, delicious evening meals and traditional recipes using local produce. We are committed to sourcing, preparing and serving the best of local Cumbrian produce and you can find details of our suppliers on our Links page.

We are happy to cater for vegetarians and other special dietary needs and pride ourselves on our reputation for really good food.



Set yourself up for the day with a traditional Cumbrian farmhouse breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes, black pudding, haggis and fried soda scone.

You can also choose from a range of fruit juices, cereals, fresh fruit, porage (served with local honey, cream and Drambuie) and home-baked bread served with local marmalade, preserves and traditionally-made butter.

Or try one of our specialities – Fried Egg Bread with a cream cheese and orange filling, ideal for vegetarians, or creamy scrambled egg with smoked salmon or haddock.








Evening meals are available by prior arrangement most evenings, except Sundays, at 7pm.

Please enquire at time of reserving your room. We are licensed to serve wines and drinks.

We serve two courses – a main course plus a choice of delicious desserts

tea or coffee and mints.

So a typical evening meal might be a leg of succulent local lamb, roasted with garlic and rosemary and served with thyme and onion sauce, gravy, herb roast and new potatoes, orange and honey diced carrots, puree of turnip and parsnip and sliced green beans.

This would be followed by a choice of home-made sweets such as sticky toffee pudding,

chocolate torte and orange sauce, creme brulee, summer fruit meringue

or our speciality bread and butter pudding

tea or coffee and mints to finish.

Other local specialities include excellent local beef, traditionally-reared pork, fresh salmon, a choice of appetising chicken dishes and fresh vegetables in season..


Afternoon Teas


For further details and sample menus, call us on 01228 577219 or email

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Bessiestown Farm Country Guesthouse, Catlowdy, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 5QP
Telephone: 01228 577219 (8am-10pm) | Fax: 01228 577019