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Updated: May 6

Favourite places to eat in the Lake District

We get asked all the time by our guests before they arrive, if we have a favourite place to eat in the Lake District and we do, but we believe food is a personal choice and find it difficult to say exactly where that favourite is, maybe you can guess. We like to leave it up for you to choose. In fact we have a book at the cottage where we ask guests to leave their reviews about places, activities and things they find, that defined their holiday and food is no exception to this.

Food plays a massive part of any holiday, whether it’s food you prepare yourself at our cottage when you stay with us, or the food you buy on the move or the food that you enjoy when eating out and for many, a holiday is not a holiday if it is not all about the food too. Food evokes memories that stays with us that we can still see and smell even when we have left a destination.

Trying new recipes and delicacies is probably one of the best ways to get everyone together when on holiday and it’s a lovely way for people to reconnect over the joy of eating good food. Put delicious food and a great bottle of wine in front of anyone and it will be a time to remember!

So after a day of exploring the Lake District’s trails, fells, lakes and visiting the pretty towns Cumbria has to offer, you will likely have worked up a good appetite. Hey you may have developed one in the middle of that too. So why not check out our list of recommendations, or as we like to think "Cumbria on a plate" showcasing some of the regions best eateries in our view, I won't tell you which is our favourite why not check the list out yourself and maybe even let us know of any we've missed off by adding to our book in the cottage.

If you’re a foodie planning a trip to the region, you’ll be spoiled for choice for sure. You can go from one meal to the next from table to table depending on whether you’re looking for Michelin-star fine dining experiences (13 establisments to be exact one of which has 3 of those sparkly ⭐️'s and a Green one), cosy inns/pubs, or quirky cafés, the Lake District and Cumbria has a go at giving you its all from breakfast right through to supper…

But be careful if you get through this plate you may leave us just a few pounds heavier or you may find you need more time to get through the whole plate and need to visit us again :).

So in no particular order here goes the taster menu we have prepared for :

  1. L'Enclume - Cartmel (Mich ⭐️ 3 of them to be exact and a Green one )

  2. Rogan & Co - Cartmel (Mich ⭐️)

  3. Henrock at Linthwaite House - Bowness-on-Windermere (Mich Guide)

  4. Heft - High Newton (Mich ⭐️ new for 2023)

  5. The Old Stamp House - Ambleside (Mich ⭐️)

  6. Punch Bowl Inn - Crossthwaite (Mich Guide)

  7. The Allium @Askham Hall - Askham (Mich ⭐️)

  8. The Black Bull - Sedbergh

  9. George & Dragon Inn - Clifton (currently close due to a fire but expected to be back with us in the Summer of 2023)

  10. Queens Head - Askham

  11. The Cottage in the Wood - Braithwaite (Mich ⭐️)

  12. Lake Road Kitchen - Ambleside (Mich ⭐️ new for 2024)

  13. The Forest Side - Grasmere (Mich ⭐️)

  14. Angel Inn - Bowness-on-Windermere

  15. Urban Food House - Bowness-on-Windermere

  16. Homeground - Windermere

  17. The Black Labrador -Underbarrow

  18. The Yan at Broadrayne - Grasmere

  19. The Eltermere Inn - Elterwater

  20. Brown Horse -Winster

  21. Baba Ganoush - Kendal

  22. Britannia Inn - Elterwater

  23. Hare and Hounds - Bowlands Bridge

  24. Cuckoo Brow - Sawrey

  25. Lingholm Kitchen - Keswick

  26. Bluebird Cafe - Coniston

  27. The Lamplighter Dining Rooms - Windermere

  28. Hare & Hounds - Levens

  29. Merienda -Keswick

  30. Fellpack - Keswick

  31. The Jumble Room - Grasmere

  32. Emma's Dell - Grasmere

  33. Copper Pot - Ambleside

  34. Apple Pie - Ambleside

  35. Kysty - Ambleside (Mich Guide)

  36. The Punch Bowl Inn - Askham

  37. Dog and Gun Inn - Skelton (Mich ⭐️)

  38. Cedar Tree @Farlam hall - Brampton

  39. Chester’s by the River - Clappersgate

  40. Yan at Broadrayne - Grasmere

  41. Rothay Manor (Mich Guide)

  42. 1863 - Pooley Bridge (Mich Guide)

  43. The Samling - Ambleside (Mich ⭐️ new for 2023)

  44. Tweedies Bar and Lodge - Grasmere

  45. The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant @Brantwood - Coniston east side

  46. Levens Kitchen - Kendal

  47. La Casa Verde - Melkinthorpe

  48. Penton Bridge Inn - Penton (Mich ⭐️ new for 2023)

  49. Source at the Gilpin Hotel - Crook (Mich ⭐️)

  50. Cedar Tree Farlam Hall Hotel - Brampton (Mich ⭐️ new for 2024)

  51. The Kirkstyle Inn - Brampton (Mich Guide)

  52. Lounge on the Green - Houghton (Mich Guide)

  53. The Langdale Chase Dining Room - Ambleside

  54. The Bakery @No. 4 - Kendal

  55. Fold Coffee - Kendal

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Favourite places to eat in the Lake District

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