Top places to eat in Cumbria

Apr 26, 2022
Top places to eat in Cumbria

Cumbria is not only famous for its beautiful natural scenery and walking trails but owes its popularity to the delicious food too. You can taste everything here, from fish and meat dishes to vegetarian and vegan. Whether you’re on a day trip with your family or planning a weekend with your partner away from bustling Manchester or Liverpool, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here we’ve selected some of the finest restaurants in the county to help you narrow down your options.

The Old Stamp House

Located in the heart of charming Ambleside and housed in the former office of Sir William Wordsworth, this Michelin-star restaurant needs to be on your list if you’re visiting Cumbria. It was opened in 2014 by two brothers who share the passion for Cumbrian products, seasonally and locally sourced. You’ll find Arctic char, Herdwick hogget and roe deer on the menu, complemented by an impeccable presentation. Simply a must-try!

The Drunken Duck

Found on top of Hawkshead Hill, just outside of Ambleside, the Drunken Duck combines the warmth of a classic pub with the elegance of a fine-tasting restaurant. If you’re in the mood for some sophisticated food, you can’t miss the cured salmon and the cod on tempura courgette. And make sure you complement it with one of their home-brewed ales.


Located in a former blacksmith in Carmel, this two-Michelin-starred restaurant is by far the most popular in Cumbria. Rogan’s avant-garde ideas and off-the-wall presentations are what make this place so unique. Their sea buckthorn and Douglas fir are to die for, together with a glass of wine.

The Cottage in the Wood

Tucked away in Whinlatter mountain forest, just a short drive from Keswick, this cosy restaurant is run by two foodie enthusiasts who put love and care into every single recipe. Be prepared to taste some of the best interpretations of Cumbrian’s iconic Herdwick hogget you most likely never tried before.

Hare & Hounds

Affordable, cosy, with generous portions and breathtaking views across Cartmel Valley. What more do you need from a restaurant? Hare & Hounds will put a smile on your face. The food is a cut above the rest and the home-made beers are simply a delight for the palate. Tip: their lamb hotpot is a real treat!

Forest Side

Classic and contemporary ideas are blend into a cosy country house hotel where you’ll feel at home. Set in the Lake District, the restaurant offers romantic views of the surrounding countryside and serves some of the most exquisite food in the area. It also has a kitchen garden at the back, planted with over 100 varieties of vegetables and 25 types of herbs. If you’re looking for authentic Cumbrian food, you’ve come to the right place.

Quince & Medlar

Sitting in the heart of Cumbria, this restaurant serves solely vegetarian dishes. It has been recognised for 30 years by the ‘Good Food Guide’ - an honour not held by many. Expect a rich variety of recipes, from cheesy mini muffins to baked honey cheesecake and a lot more.

Allium at Askham Hall

If you want to spend a night feeling like a member of the Royal Family, Allium at Askham Hall is hard to beat. Lying on the edge of the Lake District, everything here looks like a work of art – from the location to the impeccably-presented dishes. Make sure you try their exquisite salt aged duck and the unique roasted wild Turbot.