Best restaurants in the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, famed for its picturesque landscapes and clutch of fantastic restaurants in equal measure. Restaurants in the Lake District range from cosy and casual gastropubs to those which plant their flags firmly in special occasion territory. The area is home to ancient woodlands, rolling hills and vast bodies of water, with the Lake District being particularly popular for ramblers, hikers and those holidaying in mobile homes. Whatever reason you have decided to visit the Lake District, there is bound to be a restaurant here that’s perfect for you.

Updated on 11 May 2021

The breathtaking scenery of the Lake District may well be a huge part of its appeal to holidaymakers, but the area is as famous for its restaurants as its picture postcard surrounds. The Lake District occupies a unique space within the UK restaurant scene, being that rare place which houses Michelin awarded fine dining haunts that have waiting lists months long just a few minutes drive away from rustic country pubs and charming cafes which mostly trade on walk-ins.

Whether you are on the hunt for a tasting menu that will blow your socks off or just looking for a hearty pie and a pint, one thing you can always be sure of in the Lake District is a steadfast commitment to local sourcing and the use of high-quality ingredients. Virtually all Lake District restaurants take advantage of the area’s abundant natural larder, with several dining rooms in the area actually boasting their own vegetable gardens or farms which underpin their food offering. Many restaurants in the Lake District also offer accommodation for diners who are looking to make a weekend of it, while there are even a few bargains to be found among the sea of pricey establishments. Check out our pick of the best restaurants in the Lake District below.

The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood

Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5TW

£30 - £49
British
Holbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Ghyll

Holbeck Lane, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA23 1LU

Over £80
Modern European
Le Bab

Le Bab

2nd Floor, Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW

£30 - £49
Turkish
Forest Side

Forest Side

The Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RN

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
Rogan & Co

Rogan & Co

Devonshire Square, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6QD

£30 - £49
Modern European
One Michelin star
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L'Enclume

Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ

Over £80
British
Three Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Hrishi and Gilpin Spice

Hrishi and Gilpin Spice

Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NE

£50 - £79
Modern European
International
One Michelin star
The Old Stamp House

The Old Stamp House

Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0BU

£30 - £49
British
One Michelin star
Lake Road Kitchen

Lake Road Kitchen

Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0AD

£50 - £79
Modern European
The Samling

The Samling

Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LR

£50 - £79
Modern European

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