Here are some great ideas for places for eating out in the Lake District over the Bank Holiday weekend, enjoy!  For more ideas have a look at Food & Drink

Cottage in the Wood Magic Hill

Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Cumbria, CA12 5TW

Winner of the 2016 Taste Cumbria Award at the Cumbria Tourism Awards, Cottage in the Wood is a 17th century restaurant with rooms located in the heart of Whinlatter, England’s only Mountain forest. ‘The Cottage’ provides a tranquil and relaxing ambience and is the perfect base for exploring the magic of the Lakes whilst enjoying creative and original food from the surrounding area. The area provides a rich larder; Herdwick Hogget from the surrounding fells, freshly landed fish and shellfish from Whitehaven harbour and a host of wild foods.

Lakes Distillery Setmurthy

Near Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, CA13 9SJ

Opened in 2014, The Lakes Distillery has expanded its portfolio of products and is now producing the awardwinning ‘The ONE’ blended whisky, The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka, alongside interactive distillery tours and the highly acclaimed food and drink offering, Bistro at the Distillery. Opened with the vision of producing a world class single malt whisky, the very first batch of Lakes Malt will be available from 2018.

L’enclume Cavendish Street

Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ
Opened in 2002, L’Enclume’s idyllic riverside location in the historic village of Cartmel is the perfect setting for Simon Rogan’s distinctive culinary style.  Simon and Head Chef Tom Barnes make the best use of the Cartmel countryside as well as vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers from their own 12-acre farm to create their signature menus which has earnt them two Michelin Guide stars.

The Old Stamp House

Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0BU

Located in the former work place of William Wordsworth, The Old Stamp House serves food inspired by Cumbria, specialising in Cumbrian sourced produce.  Not only does Cambrian native and Head Chef, Ryan Blackburn, use the famous and iconic local Herdwick sheep that roam the local fells, he also draws inspiration from the lesser known ports on the west coast of the county with their rich history of importing spices and alcohol used in many of the local speciality dishes.

Grasmere Gingerbread Church Cottage

Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SW
Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854 in the English Lake District village from where it gets its name.  A unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake, its reputation quickly spread and it is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world, but it is still baked fresh every day to Sarah Nelson’s original secret recipe inside her former home, now The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.

Hawkshead Brewery

Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9LR

Hawkshead is one of the most successful of the new wave of independent breweries which have ignited public excitement about beer and furthered the renaissance of British brewing.  Hawkshead Brewery run scheduled tours of the brewery four times a week, and The Beer Hall offers an ever-changing menu with Beer Tapas, light lunches and main meals as well as a bar offering Hawkshead beers, in cask, keg and bottle.

Askham Hall

Askham, Near Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF

A stunning grade 1 listed Pele Tower dating back to the 13th century, Askham Hall has been transformed from a stately family abode into a unique and contemporary stylish retreat and restaurant.  The emphasis is on the food, offering an imaginative and creative dining style, using produce locally sourced from the 800 year old Lowther Estate. The cycle of life in the gardens and fields dictate the menu and the team work with the seasons to grow, source and preserve the produce from surrounding farms and woodland.

Low Sizergh Barn

Sizergh, Kendal, LA8 8AE
Food tastes better when it is grown and produced with passion and that’s exactly what you will find in Low Sizergh Barn.  Cool creamy milk, fresh morning bread, delicious meat from locally reared animals, vegetables fresh from the grounds and the farms free range eggs with rich yellow yokes.  Low Sizergh Barn now sells Raw Milk – real milk straight from the farm’s 170 cows. The taste of this hard to find product, reflects the herd’s grazing seasons.

Kirkstile Inn

Loweswater, English Lake District, Cumbria, CA13 0RU

Nestled in the stunning fells in the heart of the North Lake District, a short distance away from Loweswater and Crummock Water, the pub has provided food and shelter since Tudor times with its log fires, oak beams and wealth of history.  Brewing beer is part of the history at the Kirkstile and the bar serves real ales including those brewed by their own brewing company Legendary Cumbrian Ales.