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The best restaurants in the Lake District

1 year ago

It’s not just hikers and sightseers who are drawn to the Lake District nowadays. It’s also a hotspot for foodies thanks to the high number of Michelin star restaurants in the region (ten and counting in 2023).

So your problem won’t be finding good restaurants in the Lake District, but deciding which one (or ones) to build into your itinerary.

Here’s our handpicked selection of the best places to eat in Ambleside, Grasmere, Bowness-on-Windermere and beyond, from Grange-over-Sands in the South to Askham in the North.

Work up an appetite on the fells, then spruce yourself up (definitely change out of your muddy boots) and head to one of these beauties. They’re not only some of the best restaurants in the North West, but in all of the UK.

 

  • One of the dishes at Allium, a Michelin Star restaurant in the Lake Distirct
    Cumbria

    Allium at Askham Hall

    Restaurant - British

    Allium at Askham Hall has a dedication to seasonality that is rare, for all the term is bandied about these days. The restaurant is almost entirely self-sufficient, relying on the produce grown in the kitchen gardens. The estate also farms rare breeds and local native breeds which are raised for their flavour not commercial profitability – the proof is on the plate.

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  • A dish from The Cottage In The Wood
    Cumbria

    The Cottage In The Wood

    Restaurant - British

    The Lake District has its fair share of places to make a food pilgrimage and The Cottage In The Wood is one of them. It has a Michelin Star, is officially one of the UK’s Top 100 restaurants, and has a great reputation.

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  • The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District
    Cumbria

    The Forest Side

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the cooking of former L’Enclume forager, Kevin Tickle.

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  • Heft restaurant building
    Cumbria

    Heft

    Restaurant - British

    Awarded with a Michelin star in 2023, Heft is the brainchild of chef, Kevin Tickle and his wife, Nicola.

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    Henrock

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Opened in 2019, Henrock is part of Simon Rogan’s family of fine dining restaurants – set within Linthwaite House Hotel in the fells above Windermere. Here you’ll find seasonal ingredients, inspired by flavours and techniques discovered on the team’s travels around the world.

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  • Country house hotel Holbeck Ghyll has stunning views over Windermere in the Lake District.
    Cumbria

    Holbeck Ghyll

    Bars

    Situated in the hills above Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll could easily claim a place in a list of the most romantic restaurants in the world.

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  • One of the dishes served at Lake Road Kitchen, the acclaimed restaurant in Ambleside in The Lake District.
    Cumbria

    Lake Road Kitchen

    Restaurant - European

    A wild-maned toddler of a restaurant, bound for great things, Lake Road Kitchen is an exciting place to eat. Now the holder of Michelin Star, it’s the baby of former Samling chef James Cross and is one of the leading lights in the Lakes foraging trend.

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    L’Enclume

    Restaurant - Modern British

    L’Enclume is Simon Rogan’s three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Lake District village of Cartmel, which is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading dining destinations. The restaurant is situated in a former 13th-century blacksmith’s workshop.

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  • One of the mains served at Old Stamp House - the Michelin star restaurant in Ambleside, the Lake District.
    Cumbria

    Old Stamp House

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Head to Ambleside’s Old Stamp House for regional cooking in a heritage space by one of Cumbria’s most promising chefs.

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  • A dish from the Pentonbridge Inn paired with wine.
    Cumbria

    Pentonbridge Inn

    Pubs

    Pentonbridge Inn is a former coaching inn in the unspoilt wilds of North Cumbria, near the Scottish Borders. If that sounds a bit remote for dinner, it is the perfect place for a countryside getaway with snug and stylish rooms to stay over.

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    Rogan & Co.

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Situated in an atmospheric 14th-century building beside the pretty River Eea in Cartmel, Rogan & Co is the home of Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant.

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  • The glass-fronted dining room at The Samling has views of Lake Windermere
    Cumbria

    The Samling

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Samling is a delightful lodge and fine-dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s easy to see why this charming collection of restored farm cottages is thriving.

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  • Cumbria

    Source

    Restaurant - Global

    Source (previously known as HRiSHi) is a Michelin Star restaurant located at The Gilpin Hotel near Windermere in the Lake District.

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