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The Best Pubs and Restaurants in Arnside

Arnside is a wonderful place to spend a day out. If you love the great outdoors, then Arnside Knot is the perfect opportunity to hike, offering stunning views of the surrounding area and Lakeland Fells. The Kent estuary offers the chance to walk along the beach, so if you fancy a more leisurely stroll, stay beside the water and take it all in. You will also have a chance to see the Arnside Bore, which is a tidal wave that occurs at high tides, when the incoming tides meet resistance from the channels of the bay. After you’ve spent some time exploring the beautiful area of Arnside, you’ll need to refuel, and luckily there are plenty of great places to enjoy some food, or a well-earned pint. Here are some of the best for you to try!  

The Royal

The Royal offers a warm welcome in the heart of Silverdale, and you won’t be disappointed by the fantastic food on offer. They are proud to offer locally sourced, seasonal produce, and a menu filled with delicious meals to suit every palate. Whatever you fancy, whether that be something from the grill, pub classics, or even homemade pizza, they’ve got you covered, and they also have a great range of vegetarian and gluten-free options too. If you need something to wash your food down with, they also serve a range of cask ales from some of the best breweries, as well as fine wines.  

The Albion

The Albion is a traditional pub right by the waterfront, offering the chance to enjoy views across the bay while enjoying a pint or some of their award-winning food.  Enjoy views across the Kent estuary of the Lakeland fells while you dine, which are particularly breath-taking at sunset. You may even catch the Arnside Bore, so it’s well worth checking the tide times if you’re planning a visit! Their food offering is great, with everything from sandwiches to Cumbrian lamb chops. They also do a wonderful create your own deli board, where you can select your own dishes to make up your perfect platter!  

Gado Gado Bar & Grill

Gado Gado Bar & Grill is an Asian fusion restaurant, serving food from all around Asia, and also English dishes too. They have vegan free and vegan options available, and are just a ten-minute walk from the train station on the promenade.  If you love sushi, Thai curries, or pad Thai, then you’re in the right place, and their menu is very reasonably priced. Their dessert offering is impressive too, with dishes such as tapioca pearls and ginger creme brulee.  

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is a historic hotel, and it also has a restaurant downstairs. Located on the promenade, it offers great views, and the choice of fresh homemade food won’t disappoint either. On a nice day, you can make use of their outdoor seating area to really make the most of your glorious surroundings, whether that’s enjoying some award winning ales, or enjoying a meal. On Sundays, you can treat yourself to a traditional Sunday roast, which are expertly cooked by their chef.  

Moochin’ About

Moochin’ About is a record label, but they also have an espresso bar/jazz cafe in Arnside, where you can buy Jazz, Blues and world music on vinyl, but also enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat. They serve locally sourced products, and while there isn’t much room, if you don’t mind sharing a table with others, it’s a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a panini or a halloumi wrap.  

Arnside Chip Shop

While not technically a pub or a restaurant, we couldn’t end this list without mentioning the Arnside Chip Shop. You can eat in, so we still think it counts! A visit to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop for some fish and chips, and Arnside Chip Shop serve up fabulous traditional fish and chips, and even offer gluten-free options for many of the classic chippy offerings so everybody can enjoy it! The cafe also has plenty of lovely vegetarian options, so they really do cater to everybody. It’s not unusual to see a long queue out the door when they open, but you can now also order online, to save your legs. So there we have it, some of the best places to eat and drink in Arnside! We hope you check some of these wonderful spots out, the next time you’re visiting the area or staying at one of our Arnside holiday cottages.

A Wildlife Guide to Arnside and Silverdale

The Arnside and Silverdale area of natural beauty is a fantastic place to visit if you want to spot wildlife, as it is home to a number of carefully preserved spots that allow the flora and fauna of the local area to thrive.

If you’re planning on visiting us here at Holgates, you’ll be perfectly positioned to spend some time exploring the local area and spotting some of the wonderful wildlife that calls the area home.

We thought we’d give you a heads up on some of the best places in the area to visit, and the different types of flora and fauna you can expect to find.


RSPB Leighton Moss

RSPB Leighton Moss has the largest reedbed in the North West of England, as well as woodland and limestone grassland. It also includes the shores of Morecambe Bay, with mudflats and saltwater lagoons, as well as coastal marsh.

These habitats provide a home and breeding ground for many different kinds of birds, including bearded tits, marsh harriers, reed warblers and bitterns, to name a few.

You’ll find wading birds along the coast such as avocet, oystercatcher, redshank, curlew and dunlin, and the wildlife ponds are home to dragonflies, damselflies, toads and frogs, newts, and plenty of fish, including pike, eel and perch.

In some of the deeper meres you may be lucky enough to spot otters in the summer, and the autumn is the perfect time to spot rutting red deer.

One of the most spectacular sights at Leighton Moss is the starling murmurations that take place throughout the winters, a sight not to be missed as they swirl above the reedbeds before going to roost.


Arnside Knott

Arnside Knott is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and spot wildlife. The views from the Knott are spectacular and well worth the climb to the summit, with the Lakeland Fells and Yorkshire Dales visible as well as views over Morecambe Bay.

The Knott is covered in Limestone grassland and woodlands that are of national importance for insects such as butterflies and wood ants, and a covering of beautiful wildflowers.

Arnside Knott is one of the best places in Britain for spotting butterflies, and is home to Britain’s most endangered butterfly, the rare high brown fritillary butterfly. You are most likely to catch a glimpse of them from June to August.

Keep an eye out for pearl bordered fritillary, small pearl bordered fritillary, and northern brown argus butterflies too! In the summertime, the sight of butterflies resting on wildflowers is absolutely stunning.


On the beach

Arnside and Silverdale both have their own stretches of beach, and both are well worth heading to for a stroll.

At Silverdale, you can enjoy a walk along the coastline, beachcombing and exploring the caves that disappear into the depths of the limestone cliffs.

Head up onto the cliffs of Jack Scout, which is a common breeding ground for song-birds, and a spot where weary migrating birds stop to feed on their journeys.

At sunset Jack Scout is a particularly spectacular place to be, surrounded by calling birds such as oystercatchers, curlews, warblers and blackbirds, listening to the sounds of the waves lapping the shore below.

Keep an eye on the tidal times and you might catch the Arnside bore, a tidal wave that is only seen in a few parts of the world. It takes the form of a wave that surges up the river Kent as the ride forces its way into the narrow channel, and can be viewed from Arnside promenade or Jack Scout.


We hope this has given you some inspiration to head out into the beautiful area of Arnside and Silverdale to do spot of wildlife watching yourself, whether you’re a keen bird enthusiast or simply love the great outdoors.

Be sure to get in touch with us here at Holgates if you are looking for accommodation, as our caravan park in Silverdale offers the perfect base for discovering the local area.