Restaurants

Top Choice Modern British in Cartmel

L'Enclume

'The Anvil' is run by the wildly imaginative chef Simon Rogan (often dubbed Cumbria's answer to Heston Blumenthal), and this is one of Cumbria's most famous Michelin-starred restaurants. Known for his boundary-pushi…
Top Choice Pub Food in Hawkshead

Drunken Duck

Long one of the Lakes' premier dining destinations, the Drunken Duck blends historic pub and fine-dining restaurant. On a wooded crossroads on the top of Hawkshead Hill, it's renowned for its luxurious food and home…
Top Choice Pub Food in Kendal

Punch Bowl Inn

If you don't mind a drive, there's no doubt – this renowned gastropub in the village of Crosthwaite is the best place to eat around Kendal. Whitewashed outside, carefully modernised inside, it's a cosy, inviting spa…
Top Choice Bistro in Ambleside

Lake Road Kitchen

This much-lauded new bistro has brought some dazzle to Ambleside's dining scene. Its Noma-trained head chef James Cross explores the 'food of the north', and his multicourse tasting menus are chock-full of locally s…
Top Choice Bistro in Ambleside

Old Stamp House

An Ambleside treat: classy food with impeccable Cumbrian provenance. The dishes feel simultaneously familiar and fresh – Herdwick hogget (lamb) freshened with peas, beans and barley stew or roast duck with salsify, …
Top Choice Modern British in Cartmel

Rogan & Company

A more affordable way to experience the culinary flair of Simon Rogan, this village bistro focuses on classic British dishes like pork belly, butter-poached cod and roasted plaice, perfected and perfectly presented.…
Top Choice Pub Food in Buttermere

Kirkstile Inn

A finer country pub you could not hope to find. Hidden away near the little lake of Loweswater, a mile or so north of Buttermere, the Kirkstile is a joy: crackling fires, oak beams, worn carpets, wooden bar and all.…
Top Choice Pub Food in Windermere & Around

Mason's Arms

Three miles east near Bowlands Bridge, the marvellous Mason's Arms is a local secret. The rafters, flagstones and cast-iron range haven't changed in centuries, and the patio has to-die-for views across fields and fe…
Top Choice Cafe in Cockermouth

Merienda

This Cockermouth fave is now open daily and has recently opened a second branch in Keswick. The interior is light and airy and the Med-tinged food is packed with flavour, with a good balance between meat and veggie-…
Top Choice Modern British in Grasmere

Jumble Room

Husband-and-wife team Andy and Crissy Hill have turned this village bistro into a much-loved dining landmark. It's a really fun and friendly place to dine. Spotty crockery, cow murals and primary colours set the boh…