Top Choice Bistro in Penrith

Four & Twenty

Proper fine dining with a reasonable price tag is the modus operandi at this fine bistro, which blends sleek decor with rustic wood, banquette seats and mix-and-match furniture. Expect sophisticated dishes such as t…
Cafe in Penrith

Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This wilfully eccentric cafe is on the C2C Cycle route in the village of Greystoke and mainly caters to bikers (it's only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to noncyclists, and even then opening hours are errati…
British in Carlisle


For many years this town-house restaurant has been the address for formal dining in Carlisle and there's no sign that's going to change. It majors in rich, traditional dishes with a strong French flavour: lamb with …
Pub Food in Penrith

George & Dragon

If you don't mind a drive, this pretty pub in the village of Clifton makes a good lunch or dinner stop. It's situated on the Lowther Estate and sources much of its produce (including game) from there. Fires, benches…
Indian in Carlisle


A local's tip for Indian food. The setting next to a busy main road could be better, but the inside is atmospheric, painted in blingy colours and Mahabharata murals. The menu is mainly Indian and Bangladeshi standar…
Fusion in Carlisle

Hell Below & Co

A new menu has given this trendy brick-walled, bare-wood bar-bistro a fresh lease of life: it spans the gamut from cheese and charcuterie sharing boards to steaks, fajitas and flat-iron chicken. If you're not hungry…
Gastropub in Carlisle

The Last Zebra

This quirkily named gastropub is a popular hang-out for early evening drinks and a plate of grub like pan-seared salmon, steak-and-ale pie or '80s-style chicken kiev. Fancy it isn't, but it's a lively, buzzy spot an…
Cafe in Carlisle

Shabby Scholar

As its name suggests, this popular place is stylishly shabby, with scruffy furniture, a bar made out of old crates and a determinedly chilled vibe. It's fine for tapas, light bites and burgers but many people just c…
Cafe in Carlisle

Foxes Cafe Lounge

Swing by this cool cafe for a pastry and cappuccino or an apple-and-elderflower smoothie – or better still, settle in for a hearty brunch (available in carnivorous and veggie versions).
Cafe in Carlisle

Prior's Kitchen Restaurant

Quiches, salads and afternoon teas are served in the cathedral's fratry, once used as a monk's mess hall.