Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Grasmere
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Grasmere restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 9 restaurants in Grasmere and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Grasmere 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 Forest Side British, Modern restaurant in Grasmere
“Every course leaves you wanting more… even though you knew you shouldn’t as there are so many more to come”, according to fans of ex-L’Enclume chef Kevin Tickle’s “sublime” cuisine at Andrew Wildsmith’s swish four-year-old hotel: a “delightful” venue, in beautiful Lakeland setting, just outside Grasmere. The “quirky and interesting set of menus” are “well-realised and quite fun as well”, featuring “seasonal food that’s either from the garden, local suppliers or foraged”. It’s not utterly beyond criticism, though. Even fans concede it’s “costly” and criticisms include its “manicured style of cooking (I pity the sous chefs with tweezers)” and service that “leaves you feeling a bit giddy with so much coming and going”.
2. The Jumble Room International restaurant in Grasmere Langdale Road - LA22
“An old favourite” (est 1996) that’s “still as quirky as ever; in the last five years the cuisine has segued towards Asian, whilst the décor has changed little” (vivid walls with an eclectic mix of bright canvases).
3. Oak Bank Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Grasmere Broadgate - LA22
Formerly known as Oak Bank Hotel, this Victorian Lake District hotel boasts The Garden Room restaurant, open from breakfast, for coffee and cakes, Cumbrian tapas and evening meals. It's sibling to the Georgian House hotel in Pimlico.
4. Victorian House Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Grasmere Broadgate - LA22
Formerly known as Oak Bank Hotel, this Victorian Lake District hotel has been relaunched, with dog-friendly rooms, a shepherd's hut and a restaurant, The Garden Room, that serves breakfast, coffee and cakes, Cumbrian tapas and evening meals; sibling to the Georgian House Hotel in Pimlico.
5. The Yan British, Modern restaurant in Grasmere Broadrayne Farm - LA22
Not a restaurant with rooms, but a 'bistro with beds'; a 17th Century former farm nestled in the Central Fells will prove a handy spot for anyone exploring the Lakes. The family-run venture will serve "rustic Cumbrian classics and nostalgic British favourites".
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