We have many very good restaurants in the area, from Michelin stars to gastro pubs and everything in between. Here we have listed some of our favourites. They can be very busy particularly at weekends, so we recommend you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Do let us know if you would like us to help with reservations.
Our Favourites ~ Reservations are essential for all the following:
**FINE DINING HOTEL & RESTAURANTS**
The Ryebeck (Bowness) ~ Tel :015394 88195
This near-by hotel restaurant now has a modern dining room, a new head chef and new lunch & dinner menus. They offer a 15% discount for guests from Lindeth Fell (this eases the unusual 10% service charge added!). An easy 10 minute stroll from Lindeth Fell, or a couple of minutes by car.
Gilpin ~ ( Crook ) Tel : 015394 88818
A stylish family run hotel restaurant with a Michelin star. Good service, excellent food in attractive urroundings. Open 7 days a week for dinner. 10 minute drive.
Gilpin Spice is their more informal restaurant with funky décor, an open kitchen and a menu of sharing dishes from countries along the spice trail, from the Indian sub-continent to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. Well worth a visit.
The Samling ~ ( Ambleside) Tel: 015394 31922
5 miles, 13 minute drive from Lindeth Fell
Now with a stunning new glass and slate restaurant with wonderful views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding countryside. Superb Michelin star worthy food, currently 3 AA rosette. A terrace for drinks and stylish lounges. Offers a truly indulgent gastronomic experience. One of our favourites for a celebration meal.
The Old Stamp House ~ ( Ambleside ) Tel: 015394 32775
This Multi award winning restaurant has a menu inspired by all things Cumbrian, from the herdwick sheep on the local fells, to the west coast ports with their rich history of importing spices and alcohol. The chef patron Ryan was brought up in Great Langdale, and uses local knowledge to collect and source wild herbs, mushrooms and game, also using the small fishing fleets at Barrow and Whitehaven to source fish and shellfish.. Delightful traditional building, where William Wordsworth worked in 1813.
Lake Road Kitchen ~ ( Ambleside ) Tel: 015394 22012
A much lauded new bistro. Simple Scandi inspired décor. Their five & eight course menus change daily.
The ‘Noma’ trained head chef explores the food of the North, and his tasting menues are full of locally sourced and foraged ingredients.
Forest side Hotel and restaurant ~ ( Grasmere ) Tel 015394 35250
This hotel restaurant in Grasmere has a superb restaurant scooping up all the awards, including a Michelin star.. Very good food in elegant contemporary surroundings.
L’Enclume ~ ( Cartmel ) Tel: 015395 36362
Something very special. Two Michelin Stars, and well deserved! The finest of cutting edge dining with a truly stunning tasting menu using totally Cumbrian produce. Since opening his business in Cartmel Simon Rogan has earned himself an impeccable reputation both internationally and locally. 45 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
The Castle Dairy Restaurant and Art Gallery ~ ( Kendal ) Tel: 015398 14756
Staffed by Kendal College apprentices and watched over by chef Chris O’Callaghan, the restaurant provides exceptional food, surrounded by local artwork, in a truly unusual setting. Castle Dairy has recently re opened after restoration following flood damage. It has been beautifully done, and is now both cosy and comfortable whilst retaining all the charm of the old 1500’s building. The service is friendly and professional, the food superb - well presented and delicious. In the centre of Kendal, with small private parking attached.
20mins drive from Lindeth Fell.
Open Wed to Sat lunch & dinner.
**TRADITIONAL LAKELAND GASTRO PUBS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE**
Brown Horse ~ ( Winster ) . Tel: 015394 43443
Open every day lunch 12 – 2 ( 3pm w/e) and dinner 6 – 9pm. 7 minute drive from Lindeth Fell
Very convenient, this is a charming typical Lakeland village pub/restaurant serving reasonably priced good pub meals in a pleasant setting. Much of their produce is home grown and reared and they have their own micro brewery on site.
Punchbowl Inn ~ ( Crosthwaite ) Tel: 015395 68237
Open daily Lunch 12 – 5.30 Dinner 5.30 – 9pm 15 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
One of our favourites! Very nice with award winning restaurant, and also very popular. Excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere. Service is friendly. Both food and wine are competitively priced. Eat in the stylish bar or more formal restaurant.
Lyth Valley Country Inn ( Lyth ) Tel: 015395 68295
15 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
Under the same ownership as The Brown Horse in Winster, the Lyth Valley Inn re opened recently. Just 15 minutes from Lindeth Fell, further along the beautiful Lyth Valley. Very pleasant oak panelled décor, stunning views across the valley, and delicious food. Well worth a try.
The Wheatsheaf at Brigsteer – ( Brigsteer ) Tel: 015395 68938
Open every day lunch 12 – 3.30 and dinner 5.30 – 9pm 25 minutes drive.
Formerly a meeting point for the local hunt, a major refurbishment has given this traditional pub a more contemporary restaurant feel, with polished oak furniture and slate floors. Has a fast growing reputation for traditional British food with a modern twist. Friendly service. Outside seating.
Drunken Duck, ( Brathay, Ambleside.) Tel: 015394 36347
Open every day lunch and dinner. 35 minutes drive from Lindeth Fell.
Long standing gastro pub/restaurant with great character. Stylish décor and a good menu, but further away!
The Mason’s Arms, Strawberry Bank. Tel: 015395 68486
Dinner: Mon-Sat 6:00pm – 9:00pm Sun 12 Noon – 9:00pm
20 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
Formerly a 17th-century farmhouse, this traditional Lakeland pub has sensational sweeping views over the gentle Winster valley. Cosy snugs, toasty fires, flagged floors, low-beamed ceilings, plus handsome cooking and decent ales. Upstairs, there are two smarter, more intimate dining areas. Food is above average pub classics, done with style and confidence
**RESTAURANTS in the near by towns**
Porto – ( Bowness) Tel: 015394 48242.
Closed Tuesday Lunch 12 – 2.00 Dinner 6.00 till late
Popular restaurant serving a mix of classic and contemporary European dishes. On two floors. Number one restaurant in Bowness on trip advisor, 5 minute drive .
Villa Positano ( Bowness ) Tel 015394 45663
Authentic Italian through and through from the owners, to the food, the friendly waiters, the music and the atmosphere. A lovely Trattoria.
Hooked ~ ( Windermere) Tel: 015394 48443
Closed Monday. Dinner 5.30 – 9pm 10 minute drive.
This is a small and extremely popular fish restaurant in Windermere. Very simple décor with wooden tables, but serves tasty seafood and has a good wine list. Definitely worth a visit.
The Golden Mountain ~ ( Windermere ) 015394 43429
Closed Mondays except bank holidays. Open 5 – 11.30 pm
Very popular Chinese restaurant with extensive menu. Dietary needs catered for ie no msg. Tasty food, pleasant staff. Popular and small so reservations will be required particularly for large groups.
El Porton ( Windermere) Tel 015394 22140
Open daily 5.30 – 11pm 10 minute drive.
Authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant / bistro. Cosy and relaxed with polished wood floors. Great tapas, an extensive wine list and friendly Spanish service.
Zeferellis ~ ( Ambleside), and Fellinis ~ ( Ambleside) Tel :015394 33845 / 32487
Open daily till 10 pm 20 – 30 minute drive .
Sister restaurants in Ambleside serving delicious vegetarian menus with great flair, in elegant surroundings.
They both have excellent small independent cinemas attached and also offer a double bill of dinner and a movie.
The Angel Inn, ( Bowness ) Tel 015394 44080
Serve food throughout the day. 8.30 till 9 pm apart from 4-5pm
Situated on a hill just above the centre of town, this Inn has a nice beer garden and decent views.
The Jumble room, ( Grasmere). Tel 015394 35188
A friendly, fashionable and colourful village bistro with spotty crockery, bold animal paintings and hanging lamps. Food is an eclectic mix of global dishes and traditional British. Slightly boho atmosphere with a soundtrack veering from ruminative folk to eccentric bluesy US rock. Fun & friendly with an excellent chef.
**LUNCH TIME PUB & COFFEE OUTINGS**
Yew Tree Barn ( Low Newton ) ~ Tel 01539531498
Our favourite lunchtime / shopping outing!
Set within white washed walls and original beams, Yew Tree is a show case for contemporary art, design led crafts, a great selection of local food and drink, regular exhibitions, antiques, and the foremost reclamation yard in the Northwest. Our gatepost stags came from here.
A delightful café serves freshly made local produce. 30 minutes drive.
Chesters (Skelwith Bridge) ~ Tel: 015394 34711
Interiors and gift shop with a lovely bakery and café attached, tucked away at the start of the Langdale Valley. Sit outside next to the River Brathay with coffee and a cake, or a delicious light lunch. Perfect stop on a circular drive round the top of the lake. 25 minute drive.
Blackwell Tea Room ( Bowness) ~ Tel:015394 46139
A visit to Blackwell Arts and Crafts House should certainly include a coffee or lunch in their tea room. . On warmer days enjoy stunning views from the terrace, recognised by The Times ‘ 50 best places to eat al fresco’.
2 minutes by car.
Cuckoo Brow Inn ( Far Sawrey ) Tel 015394 43425
Sitting in the Lake District village of Far Sawrey, this chic rural inn is 1.2 miles from Lake Windermere ferries, and just a ¾ mile stroll from the Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potte.
Real Ales, log fires and food served all day, 12 noon until 9pm.
Wilf’s Café ( Stavely ) Tel 01539 822329
Café in The Mill Yard in Stavely, providing good food in a pleasant, riverside setting with decking overlooking the River Kent, as well as plenty of room inside for when the weather is less kind. Open 9 – 5 pm.
Other businesses fun to browse in Mill yard are currently an Artisan Bakery, a Shepherd’s hut makers , Wheelbase - the UKs largest bike store, Lucy Cooks – a cookery school, and Hawkeshead Brewery.
Brew Brothers ( Kendal ) Tel: 01539 722 237
Brew Brothers is a shabby chic coffee lounge with Herdwicks on the wall, furniture made from reclaimed timber, church pews and 1920s light fittings. They serve very good coffee, but also an innovative range of artisan food including all-day breakfasts, contemporary lunch ideas and delicious homemade cakes.
Fully licensed. Parking at the pay and display in The Brewery.