Dining in the Lake District: Our Favourites
Reservations are essential for all of the following.
Traditional Lakeland Gastro Pubs in the Countryside
Brown Horse, Winster
Open every day lunch 12 – 2 ( 3pm w/e) and dinner 6 – 9pm. 7 minute drive from Lindeth Fell. Very convenient, this is a charming typical Lakeland village pub/restaurant serving reasonably priced good pub meals in a pleasant setting. Much of their produce is home grown and reared and they have their own micro brewery on site.
Tel: 015394 43443visit website
Open daily Lunch 12 – 5.30 Dinner 5.30 – 9pm. 15 minute drive from Lindeth Fell. One of our favourites! Very nice with award winning restaurant, and also very popular. Excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere. Service is friendly. Both food and wine are competitively priced. Eat in the stylish bar or more formal restaurant.
Tel: 015395 68237visit website
Drunken Duck, Outgate
Open every day lunch and dinner. 35 minutes drive from Lindeth Fell. Long standing gastro pub/restaurant with great character. Stylish décor and a good menu, but further away!
Tel: 015394 36347visit website
The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer
Open every day lunch 12 – 3.30 and dinner 5.30 – 9pm. 25 minutes drive. Formerly a meeting point for the local hunt, a major refurbishment has given this traditional pub a more contemporary restaurant feel, with polished oak furniture and slate floors. Has a fast growing reputation for traditional British food with a modern twist. Friendly service. Outside seating.
Tel: 01539 68938visit website
The Lyth Valley Country Inn
15 minute drive from Lindeth Fell. Under the same ownership as The Brown Horse in Winster, the Lyth Valley Inn re opened recently. Just 15 minutes from Lindeth Fell, further along the beautiful Lyth Valley. Very pleasant oak panelled décor, stunning views across the valley, and delicious food. Well worth a try.
Tel: 015395 68295visit website
Closed Tuesday Lunch 12 – 2.00 Dinner 6.00 till late. Popular restaurant serving a mix of classic and contemporary European dishes. On two floors. Number one restaurant in Bowness on trip advisor, 5 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 48242visit website
El Porton, Windermere
Open daily 5.30 – 11pm, 10 minute drive. Authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant / bistro. Cosy and relaxed with polished wood floors. Great tapas, an extensive wine list and friendly Spanish service.
Tel: 015394 22140visit twitter
Closed Monday. Dinner 5.30 – 9pm, 10 minute drive. This is a small and extremely popular fish restaurant in Windermere. Very simple décor with wooden tables but serves tasty seafood.
Tel: 015394 48443visit website
Zeffirellis and Fellinis, Ambleside
Sister restaurants in Ambleside serving delicious vegetarian menus with flair. They both have excellent small independent cinemas attached and offer a double bill of dinner and a movie.
Tel: 015394 33845 (Zeffirellis), or Tel: 015394 32487 (Fellinis)visit zeffirellis visit fellinis
Villa Positano, Bowness
Authentic Italian through and through from the owners, to the food, the friendly waiters, the music and the atmosphere. A lovely Trattoria.
Tel: 015394 45663visit website
The Angel, Bowness
Serve food throughout the day. 8.30 till 9 pm apart from 4-5pm. Situated on a hill just above the centre of town, this Inn has a nice beer garden and decent views.
Tel: 015394 44080visit website
The House of Siam, Bowness
A new Thai restaurant.that is proving very popular.
Tel: 015394 22412visit website
The Golden Mountain, Windermere
Closed Mondays except bank holidays. Open 5 – 11.30 pm. Very popular Chinese restaurant with extensive menu. Dietary needs catered for ie no msg. Tasty food, pleasant staff. Popular and small so reservations will be required particularly for large groups.
Tel: 015394 434292visit website
Fine Dining & Hotel Restaurants.
Linthwaite House, Bowness
An excellent fine dining 3 AA rosette hotel restaurant. From Sunday to Thursday each week they offer our guests a four course dinner for two, 5 minute taxi back to Lindeth Fell, and a glass of prosecco each for £99 per couple.
Tel: 015394 88600visit website
The Old Stamp House
Historic setting, located in the former work place of poet William Wordsworth in 1813. Small, fine dining restaurant serving superb food, inspired by Cumbria. 20 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 32775visit website
This near-by hotel restaurant now has a modern dining room, a new head chef and two new dinner menus, one mainly British dishes, the other with a more innovative and International style. A 10 minute stroll, or a couple of minutes by car.
Tel: 015394 88195visit website
Cedar Manor, Windermere
Elegant restaurant with 2 AA rosettes. Locally renowned Head Chef Roger Pergl-Wilson serves imaginative modern British dishes.
Tel: 015394 43192visit website
L’Enclume, Cartmel (Michelin Star)
Something very special. Two Michelin Stars, and well deserved! The finest of cutting edge dining with a truly stunning tasting menu using totally Cumbrian produce. Since opening his business in Cartmel Simon Rogan has earned himself an impeccable reputation both internationally and locally. 45 minute drive from Lindeth Fell.
Tel: 015395 36362visit website
A stylish family run hotel restaurant with a Michelin star. Good service, excellent food in attractive surroundings. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner . 10 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 88818visit website
Gilpin Spice is their more informal restaurant with funky décor, an open kitchen and a menu of sharing dishes from countries along the spice trail, from the Indian sub-continent to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. Well worth a visit.
Tel: 015394 88818visit website
Forest Side Hotel & Restaurant
A new hotel in Grasmere with a good restaurant scooping up all the awards, including a recent Michelin. Very good food in elegant surroundings
Tel: 015394 35250visit website
Lunch Time and Coffee Outings
Chesters, Skelwith bridge
Interiors and gift shop with a lovely bakery and café attached, tucked away at the start of the Langdale Valley. Sit outside next to the River Brathay with coffee and a cake, or a delicious light lunch. Perfect stop on a circular drive round the top of the lake. 25 minute drive.
Tel: 015394 34711visit website
Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton
Set within white washed walls and original beams, Yew Tree is a show case for contemporary art, design led crafts, a great selection of local food and drink, regular exhibitions, antiques, and the foremost reclamation yard in the Northwest. Our gatepost stags came from here! A small café serves freshly made local produce. A lovely outing. 30 minutes drive.
Tel: 015395 31498visit website
Blackwell Tea Room, Bowness
A visit to Blackwell Arts and Crafts House should certainly include a coffee or lunch in their tea room. . On warmer days enjoy stunning views from the terrace, recognised by The Times ‘ 50 best places to eat al fresco’. 2 minutes by car.
Tel: 015394 46139visit website