Top 10 Gastro Pubs/ Restaurants in the Lake District: Part 2

Graham Hadaway - Monday, June 22, 2015

Over the past few years the food in Cumbria has come on leaps and bounds. In fact, today, it could be argued that the Lake District is home to some of the best eateries in the country. Fine dining is no longer offered only at the secluded, upmarket country hotels and professional city restaurants.


Local produce is hugely important and therefore features heavily on the menus of the smallest cafés and the most renowned restaurants alike.


Following on from our previous post, we’re delighted to bring you the second half of our top ten gastro pubs and restaurants from all over the Lakes.


The Jumble Room


If something a little quirky is right up your street then Grasmere’s The Jungle Room is, not only the place to be, the best foody offering by a country mile. This place is full of heart and soul, you can expect a warm welcome from husband and wife team and an eclectic mix of styles, with bright colours, amazing prints, homely jazz and blues and food served on plates that rarely match. The menu is just as wild and varied as the décor, so you can expect everything from crab crostini and lamb bibotie, to the classic fish and chips.


Punch Bowl Inn


With a growing reputation deeming it one of the best pubs in Windermere, the Punch Bowl Inn is a great mix of the old and the new. Serving up fresh, hearty, homely grub, you can expect a menu of beef bourgignon with mountains of creamy mash and juicy steaks with thick-cut chips, the food is perfect for conquering a cold day in the Cumbrian countryside.


The Pheasant Inn


Comfort is key at The Pheasant. Steeped in history on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake, there really is something special about it, like a pair of your favourite old slippers. This place has something for everyone and the perfect seating spot to suit all moods; whether you’re in the mood for a formal feast in the smart dining room, or an unfussy drink at the bar with some great bar-side snacks, there’s a place with your name on it at The Pheasant Inn.


The Masons Arms


Perfect for those of you looking for a challenge, this beautiful pub is perched high on a steep hillside, slightly east of Windermere – don’t worry, you can still make it if you don’t fancy the climb – and offers stunning views for a lunch or dinnertime lookout.


Low ceilings, beams and secret nooks and crannies, create a cosy, period atmosphere, steeped in history and perfect for all the family. The menu is packed full of home-cooked food, using fresh, local produce to create enviably hearty dishes.




If a day-time treat is what you’re in search of, Gillam’s old tea-room, established in 1892, is possibly the most charming place you will ever visit. Beautifully carved wooden tables perfectly complement the beamed ceiling and the courtyard out back is just something else, the perfect hideaway.


The Lake District really is beautiful, but that’s no secret, so when you come to stay, be sure to pay a visit to at least one of our top ten. You won’t regret it.

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