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 107 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.
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1. The Highwayman British, Traditional restaurant in Nether Burrow Burrow - LA6
The Highwayman has been part of The Ribble Valley Inns since 2007 and in June 2014 re-opened following a full refurbishment. Visitors to the Highwayman will enjoy a wonderful relaxing environment offering true Lancashire hospitality. Celebrate the great British summer in the beau...
2. Linthwaite House British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Crook Rd - LA23
Our award-winning restaurant serves up 'modern British' food and is under the stewardship of talented young chef Chris O'Callaghan. The restaurant has been listed in Michelin, awarded 3 AA Rosettes and has a high 5 in the Good Food Guide.
We're open daily for restaurant lunches...
3. Hipping Hall British, Modern restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale Cowan Bridge - LA6
Hipping Hall is a modern country restaurant with 3 AA Rosette dining and luxuriously appointed rooms.
At Hipping, we hope you’ll find the simple things done well; a warm honest welcome, clean, comfortable and relaxing rooms, fantastic food and of course a cracking wine list.
4. The Punch Bowl Inn British, Modern restaurant in Lyth Valley
The Punch Bowl has built a reputation based on good quality food, fine wines and attentive, friendly service whilst still retaining the homely English pub feel. In the kitchen we pride ourselves on preparing fresh, locally sourced food and presenting it in an honest but exciting ...
5. L’Enclume British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Cavendish St - LA11
“At the top of UK gastronomy” (No. 3 in our Top-100 Restaurants this year); Simon Rogan’s converted smithy in a “hard-to-find” Lakeland riverside village provides an “exciting and unique” venue, “full of Cumbrian stone, Scandinavian furnishing and eye-catching art”. The “exquisite” menu is “ever-changing to reflect the seasons”; presentation is “worthy of a Turner prize”; and “no-one uses way-out ingredients to such eye-opening effect” (although nowadays “a foraging ethos now prevails, with no foams to be seen, thank goodness)!”. “Genuine” staff led by “star of a maître d’”, Sam Ward, “prove the English can do high-end service as well as the French or the Italians” (although the run-down of each dish can risk appearing as something of “a well-practiced spiel”). Stop Press – In July 2015, long-standing chef, Mark Birchall, quit to open his own restaurant.
6. Gilpin Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Crook Rd - LA23
“The décor is stunning, and the views beautiful” at this well-known Lakeland dining room, set in a “lovely” country house hotel. Service “can vary”, but no-one has anything other than enthusiastic praise for chef Hrishikesh Desai’s “brilliant” cuisine.
7. Rampsbeck Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Watermillock
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”.
8. Lake Road Kitchen Scandinavian restaurant in Ambleside Lake Rd - LA22
Expect a “dining experience of the highest order”, at this ambitious “Scandi-inspired” yearling, from chef-owner James Cross, ex-of Noma; like the latter, this no-frills spot's “emphasis on foraging” leads to some “absolutely fantastic” dishes from its tasting menus.
9. Doi Intanon Thai restaurant in Ambleside Market Place - LA22
“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”!
10. Hooked Fish & seafood restaurant in Windermere Ellerthwaite Square - LA23
“For absolutely fresh, beautifully cooked fish”, “this is your place” – a “small” and “stylish” venue, “on the fringe of Windermere town”, where the “charming” owner “makes everyone feel very special” too.
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