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The Conservatory Restaurant & Bar

Your Appleby Restaurant for Fine Food & Wine

David Milsom Returns to The Tufton Arms

When we started our sister hotel in the spring of 2000 David went north to Comrie, Perthshire to establish a restaurant there in the hotel, which he did very successfully with an AA rosette uninterupted for the last 19 years. He has now returned home and we are excited to show of his new menus. Built up over nearly 30 years of service the Tufton Arms is justly proud of it’s longstanding reputation for running a noted Appleby restaurant as well as a hotel. Our style is to allow good food to do the talking, and when accompanied by our award winning wine list and combined with the elegance of the Conservatory Restaurant you can be assured that we are a restaurant in the Eden Valley worthy of your special occasion.

Our menus have always offered something for everyone, with fresh fish delivered daily from Neve’s our fish suppliers in Fleetwood and meat from Dowdings next door. With the refurbished bar and reception area there is a choice of both informal eating and the more formal restaurant surroundings. Sunday lunchtimes are still traditional and we have not abandoned our 30 year history of serving tender local beef, carved at the table from our Victorian carving trolley.

Long before food miles became fashionable we have always had a policy of buying locally, provided that the quality of the produce measured up to our high expectations. Fortunately it always has, from Dowdings Cumberland sausages for breakfast and Stephensons greengrocers opposite to The Appleby Creamery producing a range of cheeses with milk from local farms. We are also source our own Grouse from Dufton Fell, pheasants and venison locally.

STOP PRESS – Do have a look at the new menus, I have a passion for the Falafel Burghers, a revelation to me a definite meat eater! A vegetarian dish that is both tasty, healthy and fulfilling. They are proving very popular already.


restaurant dessert
cheesecake with a twist
head chef Willie
fine dining
good presentation
conservatory with stained glass
local cheese and biscuits

No Appleby restaurant in the Eden Valley or anywhere else would be complete with out a decent wine list and ours will not disappoint. Nigel Milsom has a lifelong passion for wine and our wine list continues to grow, it is now supplemented by our wine shop and customers can drink bottles from the wine shop to try them out at a modest £12 charge for corkage in the restaurant. There are excellent special offers on half cases of wine why not come and try some of these  with your meal. Time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted!!

Local suppliers that we recommend,

Dowdings Butchers, immediately next door to the hotel, first class.

Stephenson’s Greengrocers, just up the high street

Low Howgill Butchers and Deli, nearly opposite in the old bank building, local farmers with their own produce

Appleby Creamery, grown out of the long tradition of cheese making locally, try their Appleby Brie

Neves Fleetwood Fishmongers, been supplying us 6 days a week for nearly 30 years!

The Conservatory Restaurant, at The Tufton Arms Hotel your restaurant in Appleby, Cumbria for every occasion.

Vilius at work fine dining

The award winning team use fresh local produce, prepared with skill and flair to create delicious classic dishes with a modern twist, complemented by an extensive wine list.

For a printable copy of our menus and wine list, please click on the links below:

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Tufton Arms Hotel, Market Square, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6XA

Tel: +44 (0) 17683 51593 Fax: +44 (0) 17683 52761