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 is without doubt Cumbria's best-known restaurant. Known for his boundary-pushing cuisine and of…
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, this renowned gastropub in the village of Crosthwaite has long been known for its top-notch food. Whitewashed outside, carefully modernised inside, it's a cosy, inviting space to dine. Che…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Penrith

Allium at Askham Hall

Regal setting, royally good dining. Chef Richard Swale's passion for Cumbrian produce was learned from a childhood spent shooting, fishing and foraging (he keeps his own chickens). His food combines richness and del…
Top Choice Cafe in Keswick

Fellpack

This on-trend cafe specialises in 'fell pots' – a Lakeland-style Buddha bowl, incorporating an all-in-one meal such as sweet potato and curry, smoked macaroni and peas, or braised chilli beef, all freshly made and f…
Top Choice Bistro in Ambleside

Old Stamp House

In the cellar of the building where Wordsworth worked as distributor of stamps, this fine-dining bistro champions Cumbrian produce, much of it raised, caught, shot or cured within a few miles' radius. You'll find in…
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…
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 f…
Top Choice Modern British in Cartmel

Rogan & Company

An affordable way to experience the culinary flair of Simon Rogan, this village bistro focuses on classic British dishes such as 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.…