Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cumbria
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Cumbria restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 113 restaurants in Cumbria and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Cumbria restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Cumbria Restaurants
. The Forest Side
British, Modern restaurant in Grasmere
They sure know how to look after you at this lovely forest-themed dining room whose gorgeous Scandi-esque looks contrast with the rest of this beautifully renovated Victorian building, which enjoys a brilliant Lakeland setting near Grasmere village (part of a year-old hotel within Andrew Wildsmiths small collection of boutique properties). Chef Kevin Tickle moved here from LEnclume to open the restaurant, and there is a similarity to the cuisine at Cartmel in his ambitious multi-course menu here, which comes with unusual drink pairings not just wine and with many biodynamique vintages. Results are absolutely delectable and impeccably prepared, showing the right balance between interesting contrasts and subtlety of flavours, while staff are seamless and judge their interactions perfectly. Its a wonderful experience from beginning to end and although its definitely not cheap, I dont think anyone could argue that its not good value.
British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel
Cavendish St - LA11
A mind-blowing experience! Simon Rogans converted smithy in a gorgeous Lakeland village remains the norths pre-eminent foodie Mecca. A degree of art and theatre add to its appeal, but despite the potential to seem show-off-y, the dominant theme running through most reports is the exceptional combination of hard-to-beat innovation producing light, clean dishes, packing huge flavours juxtaposed with a style thats natural, and not at all pretentious for a restaurant of such high calibre. Enthusiasm too for a delightfully simple and clean-lined setting that puts you instantly at ease, along with staff who were knowledgeable but approachable.
. Sharrow Bay
British, Modern restaurant in Ullswater
We took our daughter as a treat and were given our own superb private alcove looking out onto the lake
the view was exceptional, food could not be better and the service wonderful! This landmark property overlooking Ullswater can lay claim to inventing the country house hotel genre, and though known for its very traditional style, some features have been modernised nowadays, and fans still see it as a natural choice for a special occasion. Its number one for afternoon tea too.
. Rampsbeck Hotel
British, Modern restaurant in Watermillock
2016 Review: A marvellous country house gem, with a lovely setting on the shore of Ullswater, that epitomises everything good about the Lake District; the food has ambition and delivers interest and flavour, while nice rooms make it a great place for a weekend away with a loved one.
. Lake Road Kitchen
Scandinavian restaurant in Ambleside
3 Sussex House, Lake Road - LA22
Startlingly good food, brilliantly explained is a recipe for ongoing rapturous reviews concerning ex-Noma chef James Cross and his partners fantastic and cosy Scandi-style venture, decorated with much use of wood, and with the kitchen partially on view: a special destination run with tremendous enthusiasm by two of the most passionate people in the game, producing some of the best ever food, and a splendid experience that could be enjoyed over and over again.
. Drunken Duck
British, Modern restaurant in Ambleside
Barngates - LA22
A remote, cosy inn (and microbrewery) in the Lakeland Fells that owes its high popularity to its cooking with amazing attention to detail and exemplary service.
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