Restaurants in Cumbria

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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.

Our top picks


L’Enclume, Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria, 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.

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Baha, 18 Ash St, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EB - Visit now

Baha is a stylish restaurant in Windermere, whose reputation is spreading far beyond the Lake District. The theme is Pacific Rim inspired street food, and the menu is both vast and wildly delicious, offering up smart, original ideas from a passionate and talented chef.

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Rogan & Company

Rogan & Company, Devonshire Square, Cartmel, Cartmel, Cumbria, 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.

Rogan and co exterior

The Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree, Yard 11 Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4BH - Visit now

The Joshua Tree is a homely, family-run bistro and restaurant housed in a sixteenth-century building nestled close to the River Kent. It specialises in coffee and exquisite fish and meat dishes, and hosts regular food events include a late-opening Starter & Pudding club, which is about Tapas-style small dishes, some from the main menu and others produced especially.

The Joshua Tree


Fellini’s, Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, 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.

The Shakespeare Inn

The Shakespeare Inn, 78 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE - Visit now

In this refurbished traditional pub with strikingly pure and simple aesthetics, you’ll find cosy rooms and a welcoming bar and restaurant, for which the Shakespeare Inn is rightly famous, serving down-home yet artful cuisine in a warm, wooden-floored, leather-chaired interior.

The Shakespeare Inn
The Shakespeare Inn

The Hazelmere

The Hazelmere, 2 Yewbarrow Terrace, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, 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.

Bryson’s Of Keswick Craft Bakery & Traditional Tea Rooms

Bryson’s Of Keswick Craft Bakery & Traditional Tea Rooms, Royal Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3ED - Visit now

Bryson’s is a charming tearoom in the Lake District stocked with everything you could wish for when it comes to daytime dining. It’s straight out of an Enid Blyton book, with glass cabinets full of colourful freshly baked sweets, hot pastries, delicious sandwiches and a wide range of hot drinks.

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