Cumbria is far from short of good places to eat – the lakes and dales here take in Michelin-starred restaurants, innovative vegetarian cooking and even a restaurant and cinema combination with ease. Here’s our guide to places to put on your map of the area.
Here are our picks
Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ, LA11 6PZ - Visit now
On its 2nd Michelin star, Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume is an idyllic combination of location, exciting cooking, ingredients sourced mainly from the restaurant’s own six acre farm (whatever’s to hand dictates the menu and not the other way around) and, remarkably for such fine dining a very relaxed atmosphere with almost rustic charm. It is far from cheap but if innovative, theatrical food is your thing get saving. They also have 15 gorgeous rooms.
– Alex Saint
Devonshire Square, Cartmel, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6QD, LA11 6QD - Visit now
Sister venue to L’Enclume is Rogan & Company, also situated in Cartmel – a sleepy village straight out of an Enid Blyton book. Once inside the venue is much like the menu, modern and understated. As you’d expect from one of the most exciting chefs in Britain, Rogan & Company serves up exceptional food. It takes a special touch to take familiar ingredients and turn them into awe-inspiring dishes without resorting to gastro-molecular gimmicks.
– Ian Jones
13 Castlegate, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9EU, CA13 9EU - Visit now
At an intimate 24 covers, vegetarian restaurant in Cockermouth Quince & Medlar has a cosy, even romantic feel. Imaginative dishes made from local produce are presented alongside homemade breads and an organic wine list.
– Polly Checkland Harding
Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0BT, LA22 0BT - Visit now
A vegetarian restaurant and boutique cinema in the little town of Ambleside, Fellini’s bills itself as “unpretentious fine dining.” The day we went, it delivered on this balanced promise. The dishes are focused, confident. Riffing around Mediterranean flavours, each is a harmonious combination of ingredients that have always been friends. The staff were relaxed and friendly, there were plenty of diners in jeans – but at the same time, the place feels like a bit of a treat. There are crisp white table cloths and real flowers, a thoughtful wine list with plenty by the glass. You won’t find any wet dogs under the table here.
– Beth Underdown
2 Yewbarrow Terrace, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6ED, LA11 6ED - Visit now
The Hazelmere places emphasis on locally sourced, seasonal food – right on the sea front of Grange-over-Sands, it’s also an ideal spot for a multi award winning afternoon tea (or picking up a few delicacies to take home). The tea selection here is personally sourced and tasted, the cakes created by in-house craft bakers. The children’s Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea is particularly sweet.
– Polly Checkland Harding