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.
The Drunken Duck Inn grew up as a pub, then a gastropub, and now its award-winning menus, centred on British classics, are truly restaurant standard. Situated on a hilltop between Coniston and Hawkshead, The Drunken Duck Inn can be booked up for weeks in advance, just to warn you. The Jumble Room in Grasmere is quirky and cool, with bright walls, pop-art prints and jazz and blues playing. Crucially, the menu is exciting too.
Award-winning Quince and Medlar in Cockermouth is a vegetarian’s dream. Colin and Louisa Le Voi run the intimate, friendly listed Georgian town house restaurant and make good use of local fresh produce and ingredients. There is also an impressive range on the organic, vegetarian and vegan wine list to complement your meal.
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
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
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
Cavendish St, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6QA
L’Enclume in Cartmel is run by Cumbria’s most famous cuisine creator Simon Rogan, due to his numerous TV appearances and imagintaive take on British food. He is often called Cumbria’s answer to Heston Blumenthal, and L’Enclume has earned two Michelin stars. There is no set menu – that comes down to the season and what Simon has foraged from Cumbria’s countryside and coastline. You’ll have to book in advance and prepare for a pricey night but the vast majority of diners agree it is well worth it. Visit website
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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