1 Michelin Star Chefs: Ben Queen-Fryer, chef owner, The Dog and Gun Inn

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Ben Queen-Fryer is the chef and co-owner of The Dog and Gun Inn pub in Skelton, Penrith.

Ben started working in kitchens aged 14 as a potwash at the Millers in Ulverston.

The Dog and Gun Inn

Skelton, Penrith CA11 9SE



Tel: 017684 84301

Opening hours:

Friday    5:30–10pm
Saturday    5:30–11pm
Sunday    Closed
Monday    Closed
Tuesday    5:30–10pm
Wednesday    5:30–10pm
Thursday    5:30–10pm

Instagram: @dog_and_gun_skelton

 Facebook: The Dog and Gun Inn

Twitter: @DogandGunSkeltn


The chef credits the Mill's former owners, Steve and Chris Johnson, for their positive influence on his career.

In 2017, Ben opened The Dog and Gun Inn in Penrith, Cumbria in partnership with his wife Elizabeth. It was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand the following year, 2 AA Rosettes in 2019, and the Cumbria Life Food's Dining Pub of the year award in 2019 and 2020.

In 2022, the gastropub won a star in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2022.

Photo Credit: Phil Rigby Photography

The Dog and Gun Inn

Described by Michelin as "a proper village pub which does what pubs do best, by providing warmth, honesty and food that puts a smile on your face," the site's interior decor features naked beams, mismatched furniture and an all-important open fire.

With a three-course à la carte menu priced at £48, guests can opt for a longer tasting menu for £65 a head, with an additional £15 to include a cheeseboard. 

The menu features dishes such as twice-baked Lancashire cheese and chive soufflé; wild halibut with caviar, vermouth butter sauce, gremolata and Jersey royals and Lyth Valley damson soufflé with toasted almond and Amaretto ice cream.

What the guides say...


three stars

The AA Restaurant Guide

Suppliers are local and named on the menu (John and Susan Stott from Cartmel Valley Game; Andy and Kathy Swinscoe from Courtyard Dairy; Jean and Bernard Parker from Pringle House and Sean Humphreys at Chelaris Fish, at the time of writing).

According to Michelin, the chef "is a calm, unassuming chef, who cooks with his heart and plenty of natural talent," showcasing local ingredients in understated compositions, putting flavour front of stage. 

The guide notes that neither the food nor the beer are overpriced, which, in this day and age, cannot be overlooked.

Photo credit: Phil Rigby Photography


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Editor 22nd April 2022

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Ben Queen-Fryer, chef owner, The Dog and Gun Inn