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 109 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
A newcomer that will clearly reach the heights; this latest in Andrew Wildsmiths small collection of boutique hotels (Hipping Hall, etc.) an imposing-looking Victorian building, a short walk from Grasmere village is fabulous in all respects (seldom are reports quite so ecstatic). Decor-wise, the formality-versus-informality, the luxury-versus-elegance are exceptionally well balanced, and the dining room itself is a gorgeous airy space (quite distinct from the style of the rest of the hotel) with a touch of the Scandi about it. Kevin Tickle (ex LEnclume) has devised a tasting menu thats clever without being overwrought and completely divine, showing off his foraging roots, and with many of the ingredients coming from the hotels own kitchen garden. Its only been open since January but already its establishing itself as one of the best (if not the best) place to eat in this part of the Lakes.
British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel
Cavendish St - LA11
Worth driving the length of the country for lunch! Simon Rogans beautiful old building in a stunningly romantic Lake District village is superb all round, and its not hard to understand why its such a powerful attraction (the surveys third most commented-on restaurant outside of London). Every course is a conversation starter, and the cooking delivers pure theatre; the most indulgent, understanding, fun, exciting, tasty gastronomic journey ever 17 courses so perfectly balanced, and so packed with flavour that it left me fully satisfied yet begging for more! The year has not been without its challenges ex-head chef Mark Birchalls departure is noted by the odd regular (who feels the menu is more stagnant as a result), but Sam Wards promotion from his post as maître d has done little to dent the impeccable, almost choreographed service, and for most guests this is an astonishing, clever, occasionally challenging, and brilliant experience.
. 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
A worth rival to LEnclume? lots of foraged ingredients, lots of fermented things and pickled stuff, all clearly done with earnest passion help inspire utter rave reviews for ex-Noma chef James Crosss strongly Scandi-influenced two-year-old, in stripped-back premises, warmly decorated with wood, muted taupes and browns, and with a semi-open kitchen. That service feels very natural and unscripted is a major part of its charm the cuisines amazing, yet the approach is all so casual and friendly, and without any pretension. What really underpins the experience, though, is some of the most brightly flavoured, unusual and downright delicious food I've eaten in a long while.
. Drunken Duck
British, Modern restaurant in Ambleside
Barngates - LA22
Remote Lakes pub and microbrewery with a dark, rustic and romantic interior, and splendid views; its varied menu is based on absolutely top-quality ingredients add in fine local ales, and it never fails to please.
. Doi Intanon
Thai restaurant in Ambleside
Market Place - LA22
2016 Review: Top quality, fantastic!, highly recommended a sample of the glowing feedback on this stylish Thai ten-year-old; evidently the Thai/English couple who run it know exactly what they are doing!
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