The Lake District is the perfect place to visit for long country walks, stunning views and, yep, food! And with all that exercise, you’re bound to get hungry pretty quickly! Take a peek at our top picks for places to eat in The Lake District, from dawn ’til dusk…
Copper Pot – Church St, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0BU
Looking for a tasty breakfast to start your day right? You can’t go wrong with the cute Copper Pot Cafe in Ambleside. Serving a wide range of hearty breakfast dishes, it’s sure to be a highlight of any Lake District break.
Top Pick: Lake District Large Un’ & a pot of English Breakfast tea
Brambles Tea Room – 15 Main Road, Windermere LA23 1DX
This place is adorable! Additionally, the website ensures that ‘muddy boots and dogs are welcome’, which we are certainly on-board with! Have a break from the world in cosy surroundings before embarking on a bracing country walk. You won’t regret it…
Top Pick: A warm pastry and a signature hot chocolate
Graze – Crag Brow House, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BT
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The place oozes that cool cafe culture vibe, and the breakfasts don’t disappoint either. An extra bonus is the fact that they cater for a range of dietary requirements, meaning you can enjoy your meal safe in the knowledge that your gut will be as happy as your tastebuds!
Top Pick: Blueberry & lemon pancakes served alongside a fruity tea
The Old Stamp House Restaurant – Church St, Ambleside LA22 0BU
Havercake with mackerel pate, beetroot and horseradish cream, and beetroot macarons with a horseradish cream filling #cumbria #lakedistrict A post shared by ElizabethOnFood (@elizabethonfood) on
Looking for lunch that resembles a piece of art? You’ve come to the right place. The Old Stamp House Restaurant serves a delectable range of locally-inspired dishes, all with that certain je ne sais quoi.
Top Pick: The lunch tasting menu, featuring Cumbrian gingerbread parfait with Yorkshire forced rhubarb
The Chalet Restaurant & Tearooms – Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RF
Looks pretty amazing, right? Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, The Chalet offers a tempting variety of dishes for you to munch on. It’s also not far from Keswick launch boat trips, so why not turn the day into a bit of an adventure!
Top Pick: Okay, okay… not technically a lunch but we have to recommend the afternoon tea! Homemade scones = yum.
Choccobar – 57-58 Quarry Rigg, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
Sometimes only chocolate will do… especially halfway through a long walking route! From rich, fluffy waffles to crispy churros, Choccobar is heaven for budding chocoholics. Not got a sweet tooth? Fear not, as they offer delicious paninis and toasties, too.
Top Pick: Nutella, cream & strawberries waffle, with a thick milkshake to wash it all down!
The Haweswater – Lakeside Road, Bampton, Penrith, CA10 2RP
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Perched on the edge of the lake of Haweswater nature reserve, this stylish gastro-pub is the place to go for deliciously indulgent dishes and cool glasses of wine. What’s more, with so many walking and cycling routes in the area, it’s easy to make a day of it.
Top Pick: Gressingham duck breast with a glass of red wine
Wasdale Head Inn – Near Gosforth, Cumbria CA20 1EX
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Climbed a pretty steep mountain? You deserve a slap-up meal in one of the most iconic pubs in the region! And, of course, no trip to The Lake District would be complete without a signature Cumberland sausage – pure indulgence!
Top Pick: Cumberland sausage served inside a giant Yorkshire pudding with a craft beer
The Masons Arms – Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NW
This fillet of salmon served with roasted new potatoes, asparagus, crispy chorizo and sun blushed tomatoes, finished with samphire and garlic butter Has been an absolute hit today. Get in quick before we sell out. A post shared by Masons Arms (@masonsarmsstrawberrybank) on
We’re salivating from just looking at this picture! And as well as amazing food & drink, The Masons Arms commands an excellent position overlooking the breathtaking Winster Valley.
Top Pick: Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding – it’s made locally and it’s a MUST!
The Langstrath Country Inn – Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Near Keswick, CA12 5XG
After a long day walking we will be waiting to welcome you in.. Experience delicious food and comfy beds, before you set off on your walk the next day, but not before our Langstrath breakfast to set you up for the day! #thelangstrath #thelangstrathcountryinn #langstrathvalley #cumbria #lakedistrict #walking #hotel #accommodation #food #quality A post shared by The Langstrath Country Inn (@thelangstrathcountryinn) on
This picture perfect inn is ideal for a post-walk pint with friends. Admire the awe-inspiring Langstrath Valley and watch the world go by – it’s the best drink accompaniment!
Top Pick: A pint of your choice – they all look pretty good to us
The Mortal Man – Troutbeck, Cumbria LA23 1PL
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Any pub with both a pub garden and a garden room is a good one in my book, and this beauty tucked beneath the stunning Troutbeck Valley is no exception. Inside, expect traditional exposed beams and cosy corners to relax in.
Top Pick: A tumbler of malt whiskey
The Drunken Duck Inn, Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0NG
This impressive pub is set high above Ambleside, meaning you can enjoy unrivalled views of the Lake District fells whilst sipping on a cool drink. What’s more, all of the beer brewed on site uses water from the fells – inspiring stuff!
Top Pick: A glass of champagne with enviable views to match – you deserve it!