The diverse nature of the habitat in the Lake District, from mountain tops down to the coast, make it an ideal place to find these hidden gems which later end up being served in the country's top restaurants. Many of the Lake District hotels have restaurants which are open to non-residents. In fact, most of the “high end” dining is attached to an establishment offering accommodation. There are also plenty of independent restaurants to choose from, whatever your taste.
More and more Pubs & Inns now have a separate restaurant or dining room and many of these offer high class food at very reasonable prices. The majority of other pubs and inns serve home cooked food using locally-sourced ingredients. If it’s fast pub grub you want, there are plenty that serve "chips with everything"!
Most of the major Lake District towns have a choice of more than one Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurant, but there are also Mediterranean, Thai, Greek, Cantonese, Fusion establishments - and the list goes on and the choice of food is endless! It’s a good idea to book a table at the height of the season, especially at weekends. A growing number of cafés and tea rooms are now also serving restaurant food; some shut late afternoon and re-open in the evening as a restaurant, these offer good value for money and can be popular with both locals and visitors, so again, book a table!
There are the usual choices of takeaway food in most Lake District towns; lots of the Chinese and Indian restaurants have a takeaway menu and there are plenty of takeaways to choose from. If that’s not your cup of tea, there is always fish & chips!
Francine’s is a relaxed and friendly bistro-styled restaurant with an a-la-carte menu and daily additions boards available with a great wine list and a large selection of local speciality ales. Evenings are especially popular with people seeking a quieter place to eat well. Seafood is passion at Francine’s with freshly prepared lobster in various dishes with large bowls of steaming mussels and fish casseroles. Daytime at Francine’s for a coffee or tea with homemade cakes, biscuits or scones or for that special lunch from their extensive lunchtime menu.
We make the most of our regions best meat, fish and shellfish. Homegrown and foraged produce is at the heart of both menus. Our wines and spirits are sourced from across Northern Europe.
The Forest Side’s restaurant is designed to be a reflection of the very landscape in which it sits. To help achieve this, we select only the freshest locally sourced seasonal produce, which is then paired with an exclusive wine list featuring small organic and bio-dynamic wine producers. Our food ethos is also firmly rooted in the Cumbrian landscape, inspired by Head Chef Kevin Tickles’ upbringing in the Western Lake District.