Top 10 Gastro Pubs/ Restaurants in the Lake District: Part 1

Graham Hadaway - Monday, June 08, 2015

Not only is it the home of spectacular scenery, charming towns and a wealth of adventurous pursuits, the Lake District is a great destination for foodies. Here’s Part 1 of our guide to the top 10 gastro pubs and restaurants around the Lakes.


The George & Dragon in Clifton, close to Penrith was named Cumbria Life Magazine’s Dining Pub of the Year 2014, and rightly so. Offering period surroundings reflecting close links to the Lowther Estate, enjoy the blackboard of daily specials majoring on locally sourced ingredients prepared with a European twist. Best to reserve a table so you don’t miss delights such as Lowther venison liver with truffle potatoes or Askham pork with cabbage, pancetta and spring onions.


You’ll need to forward plan to eat at the Drunken Duck Inn – billed as the Lakes’ original gastro pub - either to make sure you beat the lunchtime queues or book way in advance to bag a highly-prized table for dinner. Located high up between Coniston and Hawkshead, this gorgeously rustic dining spot offers restaurant standard food, washed down with ales from the in-house Barngates Brewery.


Michelin stars and mountains


Fans of experimental cuisine will revel in the spectacle – and the food – on offer at L’Enclume , Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred palace of modern British cuisine in Cartmel. Dishes here are based on seasonal ingredients, often foraged locally, and while presentation may bring Heston Blumenthal to mind (comparisons are often drawn), you’ll find a traditional dish behind the creation on your plate.


Michelin stars and stunning fell views combine with fine dining at Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, one of the most sought after dinner venues in the Lakes. The popularity of this restaurant has increased since it featured on BBC2’s The Trip, but the reputation is well-deserved. The food here has a definite French influence, which you’ll enjoy in the civilised surroundings of the oak panelled, bay windowed dining room overlooking our own Lake Windermere.


Fish for the fifth!


Fifth on our list of top 10 Gastro pubs and restaurants in the Lakes is Hooked, in Windermere Town, which offers diners first-class fish and seafood on its seasonally sensitive menu. Treats include hake with puy lentils and salsa verde, black bream with tomato risotto, lemon sole with caper butter, and local specialities such as Morecambe Bay shrimps and local rainbow trout.


Tune in next week for our part two of the must visit gastro pubs and restaurants in the Lakes.

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Behind the scenes Lake District Follow us Spring Supersize bath Arthur Ransome Cranleigh Boutique Venues Doggy friendly pubs romance, award-winning hotel, The Lake District, location, special packages, The Indulgence Suite, luxury accommodation, romantic escapes Hideout House Offers Special offers The Cranleigh Hotel Advent Calendar Staycations Clothes Easter World Boutique Hotel Awards Fireworks Secret Brands Boutique hotel Independent Hotel Show UK's Secret attraction Bowness Competition launch Win Cumbria Tourism Board Voucher sale luxury accommodation Gastro-pub Bonfire night Treats Alfred Wainwirght Festive food The Fizzy Tarté 5 Star William Wordsworth Facilities The Cranleigh Afternoon Tea Cocktails Muncaster Castle Rest and relaxation Places to visit in the lake district The Cranleigh Boutique Adventure Chocolate Number 1 Hotel for Romance Bowness on Windermere John Cunliffe Adrenaline Muncaster Beatrix Potter Lake District hideaway The Society of British and International Design Ooh Collection Juicing The Sanctuary Suite Boutique Church Suites Camera Booking with us Valentine's Day Facebook Suite optionals Windermere What's happening Things to do Trivago Lake District hotel Places to visit Leisure Entrepreneur of the Year Golf Clubs keswick Dark Chocolate Why were Boutique Tourism Christmas markets Fashion Cumbria Mulled wine The Church Suites refurbished Holiday brunch Destiny Foods Like us New launch Things to do in the Lake District Patisserie Valentine’s getaway Gift vouchers Luxury Halloween breakfast Autumn Christmas Escape Suite Brathay Marathon Awards March Lake District pubs Winter Healthy Living Romance Trip Advisor Visiting the Lake District Food Local dinning New Year Brathay Summer Restaurant Stunning Valentine’s destination Ultimate Prize Bathrooms Events Northern Design Awards May New years resolutions


© 2015  The Cranleigh Boutique  All rights reserved

The Cranleigh, Kendal Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA23 3EW

Powered by