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The Bitter End, Cockermouth - pub details

Bitter End
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Address: 15 Kirkgate, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9PJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12778) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 5.4/10 (rated by 28 users)
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More eatery with the seats for drinking around the bogs. Tried their own ale which was insipid and uninspiring. Would give it a miss on any future visits.
Snarling_Mallard - 22 Jun 2018 07:53
Nice pub, away from the High Street but only a short walk away. Cheaper prices than Keswick for a cask ale selection of Coniston Bluebird, Jennings Bitter and Cumberland, Shipyard Pale Ale and Bitter End Lakeland Golden. Also had some stronger beers a bit pricier, Punk IPA 5.4%, Jaipur Indian Pale Ale 5.9% and Elvis Juice (grapefruit infused IPA) 6.5%! The latter comes I a schooner, which I believe is 2/3 a pint. For £3.90. Cockermouth was a good place to visit, just wish could have visited more than the 2 pubs as this one comes recommended though would be busy with diners at feeding time.
ESCAMRA - 4 Apr 2018 20:48
With a name like the Bitter End, I was expecting a traditional drinkers' boozer. But the place has more of a bistro feel to it, with food dominating. The front room is more appropriate for drinkers, whilst the rear one is reserved for diners. Dogs are allowed in the front room. But people were eating there too. The whole place has a cosy feel to it. Service took a while, as staff were prioritising meal orders. There were 4 ales - Ennerdale English Pride, Jennings Bitter & Cumberland Ale & Bitter End Lakeland Golden (brewed for the bar). Keg options on the rear bar included ales from Thornbridge & Brew Dog. Not what I had expected. But may be a good option, especially if you want to eat.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Feb 2017 21:22
Ate and drank here a couple of times during a recent stay in Cockermouth and our experience was totally opposite to those of recent reviewers.

Don't like to start a pub review commenting about the food, but will do so. Yep, the menu isn't huge, mainly offering pub staples, but we (five of us) all enjoyed what we had both times. Decent burgers, fish and chips, pie, scampi etc. Apparently a new head chef took over recently and he seems to be doing a very good job.

As for the booze, don't be deceived by the brewery sign outside as they no longer brew their own beer, but there are a couple of ales produced specifically for the pub. Both were fairly generic bitters around 4% ABV but were perfectly drinkable, and with one of the two only £2 a pint, I wasn't complaining.

Jennings Bitter was among the other beers on tap, and there was also a very good selection of bottles beers available, including from Thornbridge, Kernel, Brew Dog and Sam Smiths. More expensive than the ale on tap (£3.50 +) but a decent alternative.

Staff were generally pretty attentive, tasters were available and food turned up quickly. Spoke with the landlady too and she seemed very pleasant.

As for the pub, there's seated areas outside, inside the bar is in the centre and there's seating to the front and divided up into two areas at the back. Didn't see any evidence of TVs but there was other entertainment (pub quizzes, music) on offer.

Guess reviews will always be subjective, but I'd say the Bitter End certainly deserves more than the 5.4 rating it has at the time of reviewing.
duchyjim - 25 Aug 2013 23:20
Well, if you hate vegetarians and hate decent beer then this could well be the pub for you. But for everybody else...

When ordering food, there is pretty much nothing at all for vegetarians in the main courses section of the menu. The garlic mushrooms (starter) which I ordered as my main meal in the end was basically supermarket value range mushrooms mixed around in a pot of garlic sauce. When advised that the meal came with salad and bread, I wasnt expecting the bread to be a single slice of toast from a Tesco value white bread loaf. At first I thought it might actually be some kind of a practical joke.

My wife, however, is not a vegetarian. She described her meal as Sub-standard Wetherspoons, but at double the price.

I didnt realise before entering that The Bitter End is not a pun on the pubs proximity to the neighbouring graveyard, or even the nearby Bitter Beck; it is a reference to the fact that this pub sells almost nothing else except bitter. Down the road in Workington, the Mitchell Krause brewery makes delicious wheat beers, IPAs and Pilsners. You will find nothing of the sort in this pub; in fact, nothing at all except an array of identical tasting bitters. Dont bother craning your neck over the bar though to seek out a bottle of Hoegaarden or Leffe in the fridge, because they dont even have alternatives in bottles.

Sadly Ive encountered some awful pubs from time to time, but this one really stands out as being exceptionally bad.

elegiac_stanzas - 2 Oct 2012 09:24

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