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 108 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.
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