Food & Drink in Lake District

Discover the best places to grab a bite in the Lake District and get ready to explore the city's top bars and restaurants.

Becky blog author avanti social team

By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 28 May 2024

Not only a stunning destination for a day trip or holiday, the Lake District is also home to many famous foods. From sweet treats to savoury delights, make sure to taste as many as you can while you’re visiting. With so many high-quality restaurants in the Lake District, we’ve put together a few of our favourites.

Find the best places to eat in the Lake District

Home to a wide range of excellent food and drink establishments, you won’t want to miss out on the best restaurants in the Lake District. There are plenty to choose from. Not only that, you cannot forget to sample some of their most famous foods. Think Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding, Kendal mint cake, Grasmere gingerbread and more.

If fine dining is for you, there are plenty of Michelin Star restaurants in the Lake District. With 15 Michelin Stars across 13 restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. One delicious option is The Old Stamp House restaurant, where the menu is inspired by Cumbrian heritage, people and landscape. This historic establishment is located in Ambleside, in the former office of poet William Wordsworth. Here, diners can enjoy dishes using an array of imported spices that have been historically brought through coastal ports. Make sure to drop in and sample their mouthwatering seasonal menus, you won’t be disappointed.

Lovers of hearty dishes and home-brewed beer will enjoy The Wild Boar Inn Grill and Smokehouse. Food at this restaurant includes classics with a touch of Italian and Middle Eastern inspiration. Think delicious burgers, steaks, brisket and more. You can also enjoy an array of tasty wines from their wine list, or a special brew from their selection. This cosy location is full of character and charm, with traditional oak beams and a friendly candle-lit atmosphere. Whether it’s for a romantic date night or a family meal out in the Lake District, you’re sure to come away from The Wild Boar happy and full.

For some of the best pub food in the lake district, try The Coniston Inn, Cumbria. Sit back and relax at this picturesque restaurant set beside Coniston Water. Whether you’re sitting out in the beautiful garden courtyard or enjoying the historic dining room, you’re in for a treat here. Expect to find delicious pub favourites on their extensive menus. With vegetarian and vegan options available, everyone is catered for. A warm and welcoming establishment, the Coniston Inn is a popular spot for climbers and walkers taking on The Old Man of Coniston.

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, try afternoon tea at the Beech Hill Hotel. Choose a traditional afternoon tea or opt for an indulgent champagne afternoon tea, then sit back and enjoy. On a sunny day, visitors may like to sit out on the terrace and soak up the stunning views. Or perhaps you’d prefer to relax in the hotel’s cosy lounge whilst appreciating the tasteful decor. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy a selection of treats including seasonal finger sandwiches and quality fruit scones. An ideal option for a celebration or family gathering.

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