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. This list is also on our web site. They can be very busy particularly at weekends and we recommend you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Do let us know if you would like us to help with reservations.
Most local restaurants will serve from approximately 6.00 pm until 9 pm.
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- Fine dining & hotel restaurants
- Traditional Lakeland Gastro pubs in the countryside
- Restaurants in nearby towns; Bowness, Windermere, Grasmere
- Lunchtime pub and coffee outings
FINE DINING & HOTEL RESTAURANTS
The Ryebeck (Bowness) ~ Tel :015394 88195
This near-by hotel restaurant has a modern dining room, lovely views and a talented head chef producing excellent lunch & dinner menus. They offer a 15% discount for guests from Lindeth Fell ( an optional 10% service charge is added )
An easy 10 minute stroll from Lindeth Fell, or a couple of minutes by car.
Two restarants at Gilpin ~ ( Crook ) Tel : 015394 88818
Hrishi ~ A stylish Michelin star restaurant within the hotel. As expected, good service and excellent food in attractive surroundings.
Gilpin Spice is their more informal restaurant with modern 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. Reasonably priced and well worth a visit.
10 minute drive
The Samling ~ ( Ambleside) Tel: 015394 31922
An impressive 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.
5 miles, 13 minute drive from Lindeth Fell
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. Extensive kitchen gardens where most produce is home grown. Also large range of home flavoured gins.
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.
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.
Lake Road Kitchen ~ ( Ambleside ) Tel: 015394 22012
A much lauded 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.
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.
Convenient and consistently good. One of our favourites! A charming, typical Lakeland village pub and restaurant, serving reasonably priced and good pub meals in traditional surroundings. Much of their produce is home grown and reared and they have their own micro brewery on site.
7 minute drive from Lindeth Fell
Punchbowl Inn ~ ( Crosthwaite ) Tel: 015395 68237
Open daily Lunch 12 – 5.30 Dinner 5.30 – 9pm
Very nice and also very popular. Excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere. Service is friendly and professional. Both food and wine are competitively priced. Eat in the stylish bar or more formal restaurant.
15 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
Lyth Valley Country Inn ( Lyth ) Tel: 015395 68295
15 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
This country Inn re opened recently under new management. Just 15 minutes from Lindeth Fell, further along the beautiful Lyth Valley. Very pleasant oak panelled décor, fabulous 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. The most well known of the good pubs in the area 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 NEARBY 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. 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 with a very good reputation. Booking essential..
No web site
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. Smart but simple décor with wooden tables, but serves consistently excellent fish dishes 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.
No web site
Zeferellis ~ ( Ambleside), and Fellinis ~ ( Ambleside) Tel :015394 33845 / 32487
Open daily till 10 pm 20 – 30 minute drive .
Two extremely good 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. http://www.zeffirellis.com/restaurant
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 reliable restaurant has a good and extensive menu. In fine weather you can enjoy lovely views from the beer garden.
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. 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 vegetarian 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.
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 Hawkshead Brewery.