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5 to try – Cumbria and the Lake District restaurants

Cumbria has an excellent reputation for high-quality restaurants, gastropubs and cafes. L’Enclume in Cartmel is run by Cumbria’s most famous cuisine creator Simon Rogan, due to his numerous TV appearances and imaginative take on British food. He is often called Cumbria’s answer to Heston Blumenthal, and L’Enclume has earned two Michelin stars. Other Michelin-starred restaurants in Cumbria are Forest Side in Grasmere and the Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in Windermere. Forest Side head chef Kevin Tickles was brought up in the Lake District and places a great deal of emphasis on the sight, smell and taste of local ingredients. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House has two restaurants celebrating Cumbrian cuisine; the Michelin-starred HRiSHi, where executive chef Hrishikesh Desai combines Lake District produce and classic methods; and the more laid-back Gilpin Spice, serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes.


Askam Hall
Askam Hall

Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith CA10 2PF

Askham Hall grow and rear much of their produce, with a cafe and gardens open to the public. Askham Hall is also award-winning and boasts a restaurant, a private spa and a stunning party barn. Visit website


George and Dragon
George and Dragon

Clifton, Penrith CA10 2ER

The George and Dragon is an award-winning foodie pub with rooms. The venue grow and rear much of their produce at the sister establishment Askham Hall, with a cafe, gardens and restaurant. Visit website


Treeby’s Café
Treeby’s Café

12 Lake Rd, Keswick CA12 5BX

Complete your visit of Treeby & Bolton by relaxing in the stylish surroundings of Treeby’s Café. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and show-shopping cakes in the contemporary café underneath the gallery. It’s the perfect place for a glass of wine or a generous slice of cake, and the delicious platters are not to be missed. Visit website


Hawkshead Brewery Tours
Hawkshead Brewery Tours

14 Back Ln, Staveley, Kendal LA8 9LR

You’ll find Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley, half way between Kendal and Windermere. Open daily from 12pm, the brewery offers family-friendly brewery tours at 1pm daily, and The Beer Hall brings you the freshest beer and food in The Lakes. Visit website


Hooked
Hooked

Ellerthwaite Square, Windermere LA23 1DP

Hooked strives to serve the freshest and tastiest seafood with flavours and influences from the Mediterranean, South East Asia and Australasia. The chef, Phil Lishman changes the menu daily depending on availability and uses four different suppliers from Hartlepool, Manchester, Fleetwood and Cornwall. Everything that appears on your plate is made by chefs with pride and passion. Visit website


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