Dining in the Lake District: Our Favourites
Reservations are essential for all of the following.
Traditional Lakeland Gastro Pubs
Brown Horse, Winster
One of our favourites! 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/reared and they have their own micro-brewery on site. 10 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 43443visit website
Very nice, and also very popular. Excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere at this smart gastro pub/restaurant. Service is friendly. Both food and wine are competitively priced. Eat in the stylish bar or more formal restaurant. 15 minute drive.
Tel: 015395 68237visit website
Drunken Duck, Outgate
Long standing gastro pub/restaurant with great character. Stylish décor and a good menu. 30 minutes drive.
Tel: 015394 36347visit website
The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer
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. 25 minutes drive.
Tel: 01539 68938visit website
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 . Closed Tues.
Tel: 015394 48242visit website
The Castle Dairy, kendal
Set in one of Kendal’s oldest buildings, dating back to the 14th Century, this restaurant is full of character , spread over three rooms with open fires and original flag stone floors. It is the finishing school for Kendal College Hospitality and Catering Students. When we went for lunch the food was absolutely superb, the service definitely needed attention but we would still recommend! Open different days of the week for morning coffee, lunch, brunch and dinner. 20 minute drive depending on Kendal traffic. Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 4 pm and Thursday – Saturday 6pm – 10pm
Tel: 0153947 33946visit website
This is a small and extremely popular fish restaurant in Windermere. Very simple décor with wooden tables but serves tasty seafood. 10 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 48443visit website
Zeffirellis and Fellinis, Ambleside
Sister restaurants in Ambleside serving delicious vegetarian menus with flair. They both have excellent small independent cinemas attached and offer a double bill of dinner and a movie. 20 – 30 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 33845 (Zeffirellis), or Tel: 015394 32487 (Fellinis)visit zeffirellis visit fellinis
Linthwaite House, Bowness
An excellent fine dining 3 AA rosette hotel restaurant. They offer our guests a four course dinner for two, taxis to and from, and a glass of prosecco each for £95 per couple.5 minute complimentary taxi.
Tel: 015394 88600visit website
The Old Stamp House, Ambleside
Historic setting, located in the former work place of poet William Wordsworth in 1813. Small, fine dining restaurant serving superb food, inspired by Cumbria. 25 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 32775visit website
The Ryebeck, Bowness
This hotel restaurant now has a modern dining room, a new head chef and two new dinner menus, one mainly British dishes, the other with a more innovative and International style. A 10 minute stroll, or a couple of minutes by car.
Tel: 015394 88195visit website
Cedar Manor, Windermere
Elegant restaurant with 2 AA rosettes. Locally renowned Head Chef Roger Pergl-Wilson serves imaginative modern British dishes.
Tel: 015394 43192visit website
L’Enclume, Cartmel (Michelin Star)
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.
Tel: 015395 36362visit website
A stylish family run 3 AA rosette hotel restaurant, with good service, attractive surroundings and a lovely garden. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. 10 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 88818visit website
Lunch Time and Coffee Outings
Chesters, Skelwith bridge
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.
Tel: 015394 34711visit website
Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton
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 small café serves freshly made local produce. A lovely outing. 30 minutes drive.
Tel: 015395 31498visit website
Blackwell Tea Room, Bowness
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.
Tel: 015394 46139visit website