The Lake District Guide
Your guide to great everyday eating in the Lake District!
This is a section of the guide for thus places where you can get good everyday food - little cafes, take-aways, snack bars, everyday cafes - the places that will fill you up when you need good food but you're not in the mood for anything too fancy or expensive!
South Lake District everyday eating places
Kendal - Pumpkins Bistro
Pumpkins has a special emphasis on vegetarian food but they're also very happy to accommodate individual dietary requirements upon request. The restaurant is licensed and has a pleasant ambience enhanced by attractive artwork, some by a local artist, which gives it a Mediterranean feel. The menus are varied and very reasonably priced, all the food is sourced locally and the meat is predominately produced in Cumbria. All eggs are sourced from free range "happy hens", and a considerable amount of the vegetables used during the summer months are grown by the owners. Opening times are Monday to Wednesday 9.30am until 5.00pm and Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30am until 8.30pm. And they will obligingly open other nights of the week for larger bookings (with the exception of Sundays).
Windermere village - First Floor, Lakeland Limited
Not just the cafe attached to a shopping
centre (the famous Lakeland Limited emporium), but a decent everyday cafe
in its own right, serving snacks, lunches and high teas. The cooking is
inspired by the chef at a local gastropub, so no wonder it's a cut above
Windermere village - Renoir's coffee shop
Sandwiches, decent coffees, baked
potatoes, and so on, are tasty and filling in this cheery little place to
Bowness - 2 Eggcups
A cafe which provides a decent sandwich and
a good range of snacks, with daily specials.
Coniston - The Village Pantry
Bakery, cafe and sandwich bar with a few
seats if you want to eat in. Great all-day breakfasts, home-made pies and
Hawkshead - The Honey Pot
Provides delicious take away sandwiches
and deli food, including bread, sausages, smoked meats - much of which is
produced locally - cheese, chutney and so on.
Hawkshead - Whigs Cafe
The Whig is a local speciality - it would
be stretching things to call it a delicacy - it's a white roll with
caraway seeds. But it comes with all kinds of additions, the best being
cheese as a Welsh rarebit. Amusing to try, and if you don't want to sample
that traditional item, whose history is well-explained, you can try all
kinds of grilled sausages, and other dishes with a vast range of chutneys,
mustards and pickles.
Central Lake District everyday eating places
Ambleside - Apple Pie
Soup, quiche, baked potatoes, savoury
snacks and sandwiches. Obviously the apple pies are a specialty!
Ambleside - Pippins
Pizzas, pastas and burgers. Great value
Ambleside - Taste of Lakeland
A coffee shop at the back of a wonderful
food shop selling all kinds of delicious Lakeland produce. The coffee shop
serves coffee and cakes. Very nice it is, too.
Grasmere - Newby's Deli and Bakery
Sandwiches, baguettes, ciabatta, home
made pies and quiches. Tasty and good value food.
Northern Lake District everyday eating places
Borrowdale - the Tea Room at Grange
Delicious snacks, traditional teas and a
fantastic view. Open March - October.
Keswick - Bryson's
Classic English bakery and tea rooms with highest quality produce made on the premises. Traditional main meals and wonderful bakery products - try the plum bread.
42 Main Street. Phone 017687 72257
Keswick - Mayson's
A self-service restaurant serving very
good lasagne, moussaka, pies, curries, stir-fries and so on. A wide choice
of well-cooked and imaginative food.
Keswick - Square Orange
Coffee, cakes, and stone baked pizzas. A
fun little place where you can eat and read the paper.
Keswick - Number XVII Coffee Shop
A few tables located at the back of the
deli provide you with the opportunity to eat some tasty light bites -
which are delicious. Not just your run-of-the-mill snack shop!