The Samson Inn is owned and run by three local farmers, two based in Gilsland and the other in Carlisle. We care deeply about good quality food, seasonality and using local produce wherever possible, often from our own farms. Driven by these ideals we and the chefs have created some delicious dishes that take the best seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes and give them an modern twist. The result is a mouth-watering menu that is both familiar and original.

In addition to our main menu below, we also have a specials board that changes regularly and we offer a range of hot and cold sandwiches at lunchtime. Many of our dishes can be adapted slightly to meet dietary requirements – please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss these or have any enquiries about allergens.


Belly pork bite with black pudding, crispy crackling, apple sauce and salad garnish £4.95
Warm crunchy falafels on a fresh salad with a creamy tahini dressing  £4.50
Free-range chicken goujons served with Cumberland honey mustard mayonnaise and salad  £4.95
Tempura battered vegetables served with minted yoghurt and a tangy crabapple dip  £4.80
Crispy smoked salmon fishcakes with a horseradish dip  £5.25
Samson Inn soup of the day with our own bread roll and butter £4.50


Lamb tagine

Richly spiced tagine of local lamb and apricots on giant couscous topped with minted yoghurt

Beetroot and shallot tarte tatin

Roasted beetroot and shallot tarte tatin and a blue cheese dressing served with sweet potato fries and tenderstem broccoli

Bangers and mash

Butcher’s pork sausages on creamy mashed potato with caramelised onion gravy

Andalusian chicken

Marinated chicken breast in a lemon, vermouth and tarragon sauce served with rice and tenderstem broccoli

Pan fried cod fillet

Pan fried breaded cod served with potato dauphinoise, buttered peas and our own tartare sauce

Sweet potato and sage risotto

Sweet potato and sage risotto topped with crunchy chestnut and pumpkin seeds and sage crisps

Gammon and eggs

8oz gammon steak with 2 free range eggs and chips

8oz Steak

8oz beef steak cooked to your liking served with grill garni, battered onion rings, salad leaves and chunky chips

The Samson burger

Made with local rare breed beef in a toasted bun with mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, smokey relish and crispy bacon served with chunky chips and salad



Marquise au chocolat – a rich chocolate torte topped with a layer of chocolate mousse, served with cream  £5.25
Apple, cinnamon and hazelnut crumble served with custard, cream or ice-cream  £4.95
Vanilla crème brûlée with fruit compote and langue de chat biscuits  £4.95
Rum Nicky – rum and spice infused dates, ginger and raisins in a pastry tart served with cream or ice-cream  £5.25
Warm steamed syrup sponge served with custard, cream or ice-cream  £4.60
Trio of English Lakes Ice cream – choose from Crushed Strawberry, Death by Chocolate, Madagascan Vanilla or Toffee Fudge  £4.50
Trio of local cheeses, with Westmorland chutney and oatcakes £6.20