Wine & Dine in Ullswater

A World-Class Culinary Capital! 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 record-breaking 13 Stars across 11 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

Cooking & Dining In

Local Provision Store

Park Foot Mini Market
Park Foot Holiday Park, Howtown Road [passed on the way to us]. 01768486467 or email 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.

Dining Out

Great Places to Eat & Drink

Pubs & Gastro

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 |

Crown Inn
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 |

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 |

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 |

Highland Drove
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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |