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Wine & Dine in Ullswater
The Lake District is a region blessed with rich local produce, it's no wonder Cumbria is the county with the most Michelin Starred restaurants. A magical combination of outstanding natural beauty and local passion has created produce that is distinctly Cumbrian and always of the highest quality. The county is perhaps most famous for its various meat products such as the long, spiraling Cumberland sausage, Air Dried Cumbrian Ham, and the Penrith Pepper-pot sausage. However, the region is also home to such delicacies as rum butter; Grasmere Gingerbread; the staple food found in all mountaineers’ backpacks, Kendal Mint Cake; and wine, jams and chutneys made from damsons grown in the area. Legend even has it that the original “Sticky Toffee Pudding” recipe was created by Francis Coulson just a few miles down the road from us. More recently on the scene are the award winning whiskys, gins and vodkas produced by The Lakes Distillery.
So whether you plan to buy local produce and dine in on the estate, book a private chef or dine out you are sure to be spoilt for choice. The Lake District is the ideal 'staycation' for food lovers.
Cooking & Dining In
Park Foot Mini Market
Park Foot Holiday Park, Howtown Road [passed on the way to us]. 01768486467 or email email@example.com They stock grocery provisions, fresh bread, camping equipment and newspapers.
Pooley Bridge Post Office & General Store
Located at Pooley Bridge this delightful little shop/Post Office sells fresh local produce, alcohol, camping equipment, logs, fishing licenses and lots more. 01768486168.
Established in 1914 and winners of the 2019 ‘Food & Drink Awards’ by Cumbria Life Magazine, and winners of the ‘National Butcher of the Year’ at the 2014 Deli and FarmshopAwards, its nigh on impossible to find a better butchers in the UK. Cranstons offers delivery but also has a food hall that stores all the best local fruit and veg, freshly baked pies, cooked meats and cheeses.
Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 7EH
01768868680 | www.cranstons.net
The Chopping Block
A bustling little spot in Penrith, founded by Chris – Head Chopper and lover of tasty treats. They’re a small but perfectly formed team, working with handpicked, independent suppliers to bring you a Butcher, Deli & Café that’s a cut above in every way. Visit Penrith's best kept foodie secret!
5 Two Lions Square, New Squares CA11 7FX
01768899092 | https://thechoppingblockpenrith.com
Exceptional, native breed, grass-fed meat from animals slow grown on small, sustainable farms on the Yorkshire Dales. Expertly butchered and delivered fresh. This specialist butchery team with a “whole-carcass, nose-to-tail" philosophy for nutrient-dense meat with immense flavour. All their meat is fresh, never frozen, butchered to order, vacuum packed, and shipped in recyclable packaging to arrive safely insulated and ready to enjoy.
A real little gem located just down the road in Pooley Bridge. They stock over 250+ gins, loads of malts, vodkas, rums, miniatures local beers, spirits, wine, fresh food and gifts. They even do tasting sessions! Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NW
The Wine House
22 Devonshire Street, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7SU
Pooley Bridge Post Office & General store
This delightful little store stocks various beers, wines and Champagnes.
Sainsburys also deliver. Please ensure deliveries occur when you are on site and remember to include the name of the property you are staying in [Waternook or The Great Barn].
1 Common Garden Square, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7FG.
01768245800 | https://www.sainsburys.co.uk
Westgate House, Brunswick Road, Penrith CA11 7JU
01768890666 | https://www.booths.co.uk
Tesco also deliver. Please ensure deliveries occur when you are on site and remember to include the name of the property you are staying in [Waternook or The Great Barn].
1 Common Garden Square, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7FG.
Brunswick Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7JU.
Great Places to Eat & Drink
Howtown Hotel [closest to us]
Nestled deep in the mountains that surround the hamlet of Howtown, this traditional pub come tea room is quirky and old-fashioned.
The Sun Inn
A family-run, Lake District pub serving fantastic food and award-winning ales. With a cosy fireplace, large beer garden and children’s play area.
Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, CA10 2NN
01768486205 | www.suninnpooleybridge.co.uk
Situated on the banks of the River Eamont. Spectacular outdoor terrace with views over the Lakeland, and featuring a great bar and restaurant.
Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NP
01768425869 | www.thwaites.co.uk/hotels-and-inns/inns/crown-at-pooley-bridge
Pooley Bridge Inn
This wonderful inn is located in the centre of the pretty little village of Pooley Bridge only moments away from Ullswater. With echoes of a friendly alpine tavern, this well-loved pub provides great wholesome fresh food, fine ales, wines and spirits, as well as soft drinks, quality teas and coffees in abundance.
Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, Cumbria CA10 2NN
01768486215 | www.pooleybridgeinn.co.uk
1863 Bar & Bistro
Is a friendly, relaxed and award winning restaurant serving innovative seasonal food, with a three-course dinner menu or a six course taster menu. They also offer a good selection of beers, wines and spirits. 1863 is passionate about their ‘beers of the month’. Mark works with a number of local breweries to showcase some of the region’s finest unsung beer heroes.
Elm House, High Street, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, CA10 2NH
01768486334 | www.1863ullswater.co.uk
Awarded the ‘Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year’ numerous times by the Good Pub Guide, the Highland Drove is an excellent gastropub run by father and son team Donald and Paul Newton. Inside waiting for you are cushioned chairs, roaring fires and a splendid dining area; expect on the menu inventive repasts such as venison curry, olive mash, and pork rillettes with sage mayonnaise. Combine these elements with glorious views of the Eden Valley and the Pennines, and you have the perfect pub.
Great Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9NA
01768898349 | https://www.highlanddroveinnpenrith.co.uk
Yanwath Gate Inn
A delightful 17th century inn which has a reputation for serving delicious food and providing first-rate service. As you walk inside you’d be forgiven for thinking you have stepped a few centuries back in time: an attractive stone inglenook hides in the corner, and thick, low-beamed ceilings, solid oak and pine furniture and walls give an effortlessly traditional and cosy feel to the place, while an impressive array of local ales, wines, and malt whiskies has something for everyone. The menu changes regularly, but expect things like Wild Mallard Breast with dauphinoise potatoes with a roast garlic and herb jus or Pork Loin steak and cider cream sauce.
Yanwath, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2LF
01768 862386 | https://www.yanwathgateinn.uk
George and Dragon
A meticulously refurbished, 18th century coaching inn which has kept its Georgian flare, the George and Dragon is another fine gastropub. Serving excellent seasonal food, much of the produce is sourced either from the owners’ gardens at Askham Hall, or local farmers which reside on the family’s estate.
Clifton, Penrith CA10 2ER
01768865381 | https://georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk
The Drunken Duck Inn
Widely considered the one of the best pubs in the Lake District, The Drunken Duck is as close to fine dining a pub can get. Serving up delights like pork shoulder with truffle braised celery and stocking a superb selection of local ales, it is common for tables to be booked up weeks in advance, so we advise you act soon.
Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0NG
01539436347 | https://drunkenduckinn.co.uk
Top recommendations for restaurants are below. We would advise you to ring up in advance to book tables as many of them can get very busy.
Allium at Askham Hall [Michelin Star]
Dine in their award winning Michelin Star / 3AA Rosette restaurant. They work with the seasons to grow, source and preserve the produce from their gardens and surrounding farms and woodland. The cycle of seasons are always keenly anticipated for the new ingredients it brings.
Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PF
01931712350 | https://www.askhamhall.co.uk/
Old Stamp House [Michelin Star]
Here you can eat in the cellars of a house where William Wordsworth used to work as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland. It’s owned by two brothers: Ryan heads up the kitchen and Craig runs the front of house. The Cumbrian larder takes centre stage; look out for the Herdwick hogget, local venison, beef and artisan cheeses.
Church St, Ambleside, LA22 0BU
01539432775 | https://www.oldstamphouse.com/
Cottage in the Wood [Michelin Star]
High up in the tranquil setting of Whinlatter Pass west of Keswick lies this hidden gem. Chef Ben Wilkinson has really made the place his own and there is a quiet confidence about his cooking. The local larder is showcased in sophisticated and balanced dishes which also boast eye-catching presentation. Must try dish: Venison with braised chicory, pickled elderberries and salsify.
Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forrest, Braithwaite, CA12 5TW
01768778409 | https://www.thecottageinthewood.co.uk/
Forest Side [Michelin Star]
This handsome mansion is ‘designed to be a reflection of the landscape in which it sits’. The Victorian kitchen garden plays a large part in their philosophy where provenance and sustainability are key. The adventurous dishes exhibit vibrant colours, appealing textural contrasts and a hint of Nordic style in their construction. Must try dish: Salt-aged duck, leeks, onions and ham.
Keswick Road, Grasmere, LA22 9RN
01539435250 | https://www.theforestside.com/
L'Enclume [2 Michelin Star]
The beating heart of the Simon Rogan empire, L’Enclume is set within a characterful old smithy. The perfectly paced tasting menu delivers a range of balanced, innovative dishes and Simon’s 12 acre farm supplies much of the produce. Their strong sustainability credentials were recognised with the award of a Michelin Green Star this year. Must try dish: Lamb loin, broad beans, fennel pollen and fig leaf sauce.
Cavendish Street, Cartmel, LA11 6PZ
01539536362 | https://www.lenclume.co.uk/
The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite Lake
The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite Lake offers the warmest of Cumbrian welcomes in a tradition that has stood the test of time for more than two centuries. Originally a Lakeland staging post and coaching inn, The Pheasant is a unique place that combines outstanding food and local character in a simply breathtaking setting. Dogs are welcome in designated areas.
Bassenthwaite, Keswick, CA13 9YE
01768776234 | https://www.inncollectiongroup.com/the-pheasant-bassenthwaite/
Four & Twenty
This wonderful, newly-opened restaurant is already the talk of the town, and is a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike. Four & Twenty like to keep their menus fresh, and so regularly change them to accommodate new tastes and changing seasons. All the food is prepared and cooked on the day, and tastes exquisite. Accompanied with an excellent selection of wine or beers, you’d be hard done by to fault this place. Be sure to book a table in advance.
42 King Street, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7AY
01768210231 | http://www.fourandtwentypenrith.co.uk
A family-friendly restaurant, bedecked with timber beams and roaring fireplaces, The Restaurant and Bar serves up mouth-watering local cuisine, from the Penrith sausage to the more exotic dried Cumbrian ham. All the fruit and vegetables are from the local green grocers, as are the meats and dairy products. The Restaurant also offers a wide range of children’s meals that will keep even the fussiest of eaters happy.
Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8QT
01768868111 | https://fyrgrill.co.uk
Recognised as one the best restaurants in the North, Holbeck Ghyll is the epitome of fine dining. Head chef David McLaughlin has been awarded the coveted Michelin star for 13 consecutive years, and prides himself on delivering only the best dishes from the local produce which arrives daily. Holbeck Ghyll can also accommodate family celebrations and private parties; if desired, it is possible to book one of their lovely private dining rooms.
Holbeck Lane, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LU
01539432375 | www.holbeckghyll.com
Woodstone Pizza & Flame Grill Restaurant
If, after a long day of walking, all you desire is a tasty slice of pizza, then Woodstone’s is a friendly restaurant that makes traditional stone-baked pizzas from scratch with a variety of toppings and sauces.
St. Johns Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA 12 5AS
01768773523 | https://woodstonepenrith.com
Sukiya Chinese & Japanese Takeaway
44 Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PT
11a Burrowgate Penrith CA11 7TE
Angel Lane Chippie
17 Angel Lane, Penrith CA11 7BP
44 King St, Penrith CA11 7AY
A traditional English tearoom and garden by river Pooley Bridge serving great, home cooked food, cakes and scones using local ingredients.
Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, CA10 2NP
01768486453 | Visit Website
Aira Force Tea Room
Tucking into a cream tea now comes with a side order of virtue. By using this National Trust tearoom at Aira Force you can treat yourself and help protect the area at the same time. Enjoy the moment in this spectacular location.
Watermillock, Cumbria, CA11 0J
01768482067 | Visit Website
Helvellyn Country Kitchen
A cafe situated on the edge of Ullswater and at the foot of Helvellyn in the heart of the Lake District National Park. They Pride themselves on providing good home cooked food freshly prepared on the premises from locally sourced ingredients.
Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0AP
01768482598 | Visit Website
Placed in the picturesque village of Glenridding, at the bottom of Helvellyn, this beautiful little place offers spectacular views of Place Fell. A small cafe by day and restaurant by night.
Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0PD
01768482781 | Visit Website
Ice Cream Garden & Tea Room
A delightful vintage cafe situated in the heart of Penrith with Mediterranean courtyard. Indulge with homemade paninis or why not try one of the many ice creams on offer?
Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7DA
01768899940 | Visit Website