Places to eat in the Lake District – Top 15* 


Ahh, The Lake District. Home to a number of speciality foods. Visitors from near and far travel to enjoy the likes of our great Cumbrian sausages and infamous sticky toffee pudding.

Around every corner, you’ll find so many great places to eat. Such as a welcoming pub or a dashing hotel. All of which offer cutting-edge edge cuisine and Michelin starred dishes. Granted to keep bringing you back year after year!

There are so many different kinds of dining experiences to choose from. So we thought we’d lend a helping hand. Here’s our list of our top 15* places to eat whilst you are here!

Bowness on Windermere Restaurant 

Tasting House & Grill, Bowness on Windermere

“One of the best places to eat in Bowness”


Brand new to the Lake District and wowing its guest every single time. This stylish new restaurant in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere is a simply must visit dining experience. Definitely if you are looking for a great place to eat in the Lake District.

With a touch of fine dining, guests can look forward to a wide selection of classic, international-themed dishes, locally sourced grilled steaks, fish. As well as, an extensive wine menu.

Open until 10pm on weekends, it’s an extraordinary place to enjoy a memorable occasion with friends and family. However, don’t forget to take advantage of the amazing live music on the ground floor lounge bar, as well as special live music events on The 3rd Floor.

4.5 ⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices: £12-£50
CONTACT: 01549 277515

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The Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside


Located on a beautiful hill just between Coniston and Ambleside, lies The Lake District’s first gastropub. Rhe Drunken Duck Inn.

Guests here can enjoy restaurant standard food within the rustic-chic beamed bar. Enjoy stunning views and renowned dishes such a whole roasted cherry-glazed duck and trusted Ales. It’s a great place to eat some tasty gastro grub a good walk around the area. 

⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices: lunch menu £45, dinner menu £120
Contact: 01539436347

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The Wild Boar Grill & Smoke House, Windermere


The Oak-beamed, welcoming and cosy Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse is known for embracing a passion for a traditional and classic British hearty menu. 

With a touch on seasonal and local ingredients, guests here can enjoy an incredible range of meat and vegetarian dishes that burst with flavour. With an open kitchen, friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere. It’s easy to see why guests come here, over and over again.

4.5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices: £20+
Contact: 01539 445225

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The Brown Horse, Winster


Located on a picturesque hill just between Coniston and Ambleside lies The Lake District’s first gastropub. The Drunken Duck Inn.

Enjoy restaurant standard food within the rustic-chic beamed bar. As well as, stunning views and renowned dishes such as whole roasted cherry-glazed duck and trusted Ales. It’s a great place to enjoy some grub after a walk in the local area.

⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices: lunch £5 – £23, dinner £13 – £23
Contact: 01539436347

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The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge


In a stunning riverside spot at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, The Swan is recommended by many.

Stylish decor and delicious food, this elegant country-style gastropub and hotel boast home-cooked hearty evening meals and light lunches. An all-day menu includes salads, sandwiches and sharing platters. As well as the option of eating outside by the picturesque river. Children can enjoy an exciting children’s play area

⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £5 – £18

Contact: 01539 531681

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The Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwaite


Situated in the heart of the delightfully unspoilt Lyth Valley at Crosthwaite in Cumbria is the smart but relaxed country inn, The Punch Bowl Inn.

Set with a homely English pub feel, guests can enjoy a selection of modern and interesting British dishes. Expect the best of local, seasonal produce in a restaurant polished with oak floorboards, comfortable leather chairs and a stunning stone fireplace.

The menu is based on a mixture of classic British and French flavour combinations that use modern techniques. The menu is also updated regularly to meet seasonal availability.

4.5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £14.95 – £20.95
Contact: 015395 68237

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The Fizzy Tarté, Bowness on Windermere


A trip to the Lake District will always be made more memorable with an Afternoon Tea and cocktail experience. A where better to enjoy those than at The Fizzy Tarté? A sophisticated Cocktail and Cafe bar in the very heart of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Guests of The Fizzy Tarte can enjoy a taste of self-indulgence with servings of stunning patisseries, three unforgettable Afternoon Tea selections. Love a tipple? Delve into a selection of luxury Champagne, and expertly made cocktails.

All things considered, showmanship, table service, stylish surroundings and a unique, sophisticated atmosphere make it easy to see why the Fizzy Tarte has such a big following. It’s also worth knowing, this fantastic new cocktail bar has now started offering cocktail masterclasses!

4.5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £5 – £25
Contact: 01539 443773

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Zeffireli’s, Ambleside


First thing to remember, this is a completely Vegetarian restaurant!

With a tempting lunch offering of quiches, soups, pizzas, home-baked cakes and pastries in the bustling heart of Ambleside. It’s easy to see why this Zeffireli’s is a popular meeting point for both locals and tourists alike.

In the evening, guests can enjoy a vegetarian and Italian menu made with the best of organic ingredients. Dishes on the menu have a distinctly Mediterranean twist. However, you may find that the menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and the availability of local ingredients.

5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £14.95 – £20.95
Contact: 015394 33845

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Chesters by the River, Skelwith Bridge


For those with a sweet tooth and a love for homemade cakes, you’ll love this little riverside location.

Offering locally-sourced food in Skelwith Bridge Chesters by the River is a smartly modernised cafe.

In short, genuinely good food with flavoursome salads, freshly baked bread and pastries are all available to eat in or take away. This spot is a gem in the summer. For this reason being,  it features a beautiful outside seating area. It faces the beautiful river and features a number of popular walks nearby.

4⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  N/A
Contact: 01539 434711

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The Masons Arms, Bowland Bridge


Situated in Bowland Bridge is the Masons Arms. Rustic yet romantic. This Lake District Inn boasts canopies and heaters that allow guests to relax and enjoy spectacular views of Winster Valley.

Furthermore, you’ll find locally sourced produce, excellent wines and dozens of fine beers. It’s easy to see why this pub is often quoted as one of the Lakes favourites.

Enjoy the like of, true Lake District food. Such as, Lakeland damson and pork sausage, local game, roasted belly pork, Cartmel lamb shank and so much more!

4.5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £15.95 – £18.95
Contact: 015395 68486

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Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside


Showcasing the best meat, fish and shellfish from Northern Europe. As well as, home-grown and foraged produce, is the famous Lake Road Kitchen. 

Located in the heart of Ambleside, you will find just 9 tables, an open kitchen, superbly baked bread and beef aged by the restaurant.

Though, if you would like to try it, you will need to let them know in advance. Owner and chef of the kitchen is none other than Jamie Cross. He’s cooked at the world-beating Denmark restaurant, Noma for over two years. Oh! A And he’s a recent Masterchef contestant too!

Contact: 01539 422012
Prices:  5-course menu £60, 8-course menu £85
4.5 ⭐ on Tripadvisor

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Baba Ganoush, Kendal


For those who are looking for great food to go, Baba Ganoush in Kendal is well worth the hunt for.

For instance, enjoy one of the nations best breakfasts as reported by The Guardian. As well as, soups, hot specials, and grilled sandwiches. Plus a great selection of Mediterranean salads and cakes.

Surprisingly, you’ll find all the dishes here are made completely from scratch, with most priced under £10.

However, we recommend you pop in during the afternoon (before 3pm) as this little kitchen is closed during the evening.

4.5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  N/A
Contact: 01539 738210

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The Bistro at The Lakes Distillery, Cockermouth


If you’re looking for a comfortable and stylish place to enjoy an informal and modern dining experience, The Bistro at The Lakes Distillery in Cockermouth is the place to go.  

Coupled with, the likes of handmade cakes from qualified patisserie chefs, guests here have so much to choose from.

Go all out with lunch, a full afternoon tea or leisurely three-course supper, made by Michelin Starred Chefs. In summer, guests can dine al-fresco in the beautiful courtyard, before taking a short walk to see the local alpacas.

4.5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £2.95 – £16.75
Contact: 017687 88850

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The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale


Many may forget that Kirkby Lonsdale belongs in The Lake District. However, The Sun Inn, a AA rosette rated restaurant, located just in the heart of it.

We’re happy to let you know that the trip to this picturesque market town is well worth it. Hosted by an experienced chef with a passion for local produce from the Lake District, you’ll find that the food is both seasonal and delicious. Nonetheless, guests here can enjoy an à-la-carte menu, substantial bar snacks, and three-course menu.

5⭐ on Tripadvisor
Prices:  £3.95 – £19.95
Contact: 015242 71965

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