Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Penrith
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Penrith restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 6 restaurants in Penrith and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Penrith restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Allium at Askham Hall British, Modern restaurant in Penrith Askham - CA10
“The restaurant and grounds are stunning, but it’s the food that you remember most” at this “fabulously atmospheric” old mansion in a “sleepy corner of Cumbria”, owned by the aristocratic Lowther family (whose forebears cheated and later supported the Lakeland poet William Wordsworth two centuries ago). “It’s the centrepiece of a foodie-friendly village, where both pubs are excellent” – The Queen’s Head and George & Dragon, both also part of the Lowther estate. The highly rated tasting menu uses “high-quality local produce” to “wonderful” effect: “from the cod boudin, the Cornish crab with lovage, the duck and turnip, the seatrout in larch, on to the amazing local fell lamb, every taste was a revelation of what a great chef can do to some simple ingredients, to elevate them to an amazing intensity…”
2. 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms British, Modern restaurant in Pooley Bridge Elm House, High Street - CA10
A “strong all-rounder” – this mid-Victorian (hence the name) former blacksmith’s and post office opened as a smartly refurbed restaurant with rooms in 2016, with local lad Phil Corrie at the stove. He quickly earned a reputation for his enthusiastic use of locally sourced and often foraged ingredients (including his mum’s raspberries).
3. George & Dragon British, Traditional restaurant in Clifton
Just off the M6, a “charming” and “dog-friendly” pub where “great seafood dishes” are a feature of the “diverse local menu” (with much produce from their farm and garden); should the “peaceful yet vibrant” atmosphere lull you into a state of bliss, their rooms and breakfast are well-regarded too.
4. Angel Lane Chippie Fish & chips restaurant in Penrith 17 Angel Lane - CA11
“A rather ordinary looking chippie on a narrow pedestrianised lane in the centre of town” that’s something of a local mainstay. On limited feedback, it gets a strong thumbs up: “the long queue is tightly managed. Portions are large and there’s very good chips, plus homemade tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon. Good to see that potatoes are local and fish are MSC certified”.
5. The Dog & Gun British, Modern restaurant in Skelton
Ben Queen-Fryer’s “lovely little pub-restaurant”, on the fringes of the Lake District, has a “small but perfectly formed menu” that's particularly of note for its “exceptional desserts” – and regularly ranks among Cumbria’s top gastropubs.
6. The George Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Penrith Devonshire Street - CA11
This old-school market-town hotel is a cosseting sort of spot, whether you opt to dine in the “comforting bar area” or the silver-and-ruby-red restaurant, garlanded with two AA rosettes for its “consistently high standard” of “well-presented” food.
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