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Places to eat in the Lake District

Linthwaite Hotel overlooking Windermere

Gourmet Top 20

Our Gourmet Top 20 is regularly updated based on customer feedback and provides a choice selection of places to go for lunch or evening meal for that special occasion in the Lake District.

Venues include high quality Lakeland Inns, Restaurants, Hotels and Country Houses which offer a combination of exceptional food and impeccable service with relaxing ambience in a tasteful environment.

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel
The Restaurant...

" one of only four Michelin starred restaurants in Cumbria and as such affords a dining experience that will live in the memory for a very long time."
Top quality restaurants in Cumbria
L'Enclume is home to Simon Rogan's award-winning Michelin star restaurant, set in the historic Village of Cartmel, Cumbria, among the beautiful sights and ...
Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel
Gilpin Lodge overlooking Windermere
Award winning luxury country house hotel near Windermere in England's Lake District, with a Michelin Star restaurant. A Relais & Chateaux hotel.
Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel
Sharrow Bay one of the Lake Districts top hotels
Sharrow Bay is the oldest British member of Relais & Chateaux; it is the proud holder of countless hotel and dining awards; it is one of those hotels that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.
The Drunken Duck Inn
Near Ambleside enjoy lunch at the Drunken Duck
The Duck is famous for its food and beer and also the relaxed and informal atmosphere of the three restaurant areas - two very traditional and one more modern.

The emphasis here is very much on excellent quality, locally sourced food and unobtrusive but attentive service.
The Punchbowl Inn and Restaurant
Punchbowl Inn near Kendal in the village of Croisthwaite
Head Chef Matt Waddington and his brigade concentrate on producing locally sourced, seasonal dishes with an added degree of complexity.
Oak floor boards, leather chairs, candlelit tables and a stunning stone fireplace all help to create a unique yet relaxed atmosphere.
Lyzzick Hall Country House Hotel
Gourmet food in the English Lake District
Lyzzick Hall pride themselves on the quality of their food. All food is freshly prepared using quality local ingredients and is a mixture of traditional English and international dishes much of Spanish origin.

Highfield Hotel and Restaurant
Keswicks fine dinning and views over Derwent Water
The Award Winning Restaurant at Highfield has an International team of four chefs and is led by Head Chef Gus Cleghorn. The Highfield Restaurant has been awarded for culinary excellence Two RAC Blue Ribbon Dining awards and two coveted AA Rosettes; Highfield is the only restaurant in the town of Keswick to hold these awards.
Overwater Hall Hotel
Fresh and imaginative Lakeland food
Family run hotel who are passionate about food where Adrian Hyde makes imaginative use of fresh, local produce wherever possible. Simply reading our six-course dinner menu is a delight!
Kirkstile Inn
Food and drink tours of Cumbria
The menu is carefully prepared by a team of 5 chefs led by Head Chef Sean Peck and sous chef Paul Williamson and consists of some exciting new additions as well as old favourites and a full range of specials.
The Yanwath Gate Inn
free Range and Organic menus
Quality is the most important thing to all of us here at the "Yat". Cumbrian producers and suppliers are used.
The words "free range" and "organic" are in the forefront of our minds when placing any order and our fish is delivered fresh every day from a merchant in a neighbouring county. Our meat is all Cumbrian.
Hipping Hall
Amazing Dining Experiences in Cumbria
The oak beams and architecture of a 15th Century medieval banqueting hall is the setting for a unique modern dining experience. Former Young Chef of the Year Jason ‘Bruno’ Birkbeck creates menus in his own crisp, modern style of British cooking.
The Pheasant Inn
Local Cumbrian Specialities
The high standard of food served at The Pheasant is very well known, both to local diners and guests from further afield. Ranging from local Cumbrian specialities to fine dining there is something to suit all tastes. An extensive choice of wines from around the world complement the daily changing menus. Luncheons and dinners are served in the attractive beamed dining room with lighter lunches available in the lounges or bar.

Winder Hall Country House
Cockermouth, keswick and Northern lake District food
Oak panelled Victorian Dining room, with large open log fire at one end and grand piano at the other is the setting for your meal at Winder Hall.
Seasonal menu to make the best use of fresh local produce with emphasis on organic and free range meats and vegetables
The Log House Wine Bar and Restaurant
Ambleside eateries and exclusive dinning
The award-winning Log House Restaurant has been established for a number of years and offers a high standard of service, delicious food and exceptional value in a superb setting. The Log House is an historic Norwegian building in Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District. The Log House now has three luxury bedrooms, perfect for Gourmet weekends with meals in the Restaurant or simply for Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
West Vale Country House and Restaurant
Local Cumbrian Specialities
West Vale Country House enjoys an excellent reputation for both its food and service and offers elegant dining in an AA Two Rosette Restaurant. The food served is classical in origin with a modern twist using locally sourced fresh produce whenever possible and the menu changes daily.
The New Moon Restaurant
Mix all that wonderful food with attentive service and a lovely relaxed atmosphere and The New Moon is just the place for coffee, lunch or dinner.
The New Moon Restaurant is a new and fresh approach to food and dining in Kendal.
We aim to provide good food in a modern, yet friendly environment with excellent service, providing great value for money.
Our menu is a blend of the ‘Best of British’, combined with a refreshing twist, using only the finest local produce.