Best Restaurants in the Lake District

The Lake District is home to scenic landscapes of towering fells and glistening lakes, within which lies a foodie haven waiting to be explored. Join us on a gastronomic journey as we unveil the best restaurants in the Lake District. From cosy pubs serving up hearty classics to elegant restaurants showcasing the best of local produce, the Lake District boasts a diverse culinary scene that caters to every palate. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner with panoramic lake views, or a casual meal after a day of hiking, this guide will lead you to the most exquisite dining experiences in the Lake District.

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1. Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, Borrowdale Valley

Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant is a must-visit for those who are craving a unique foodie experience. With a tantalising array of Pan-Asian dishes, a casually elegant interior, and spectacular views of the renowned Lodore Falls waterfall, there is nowhere better to tantalise your tastebuds. As winner of the prestigious 2022 Golden Chopsticks ‘Best Restaurant in England’ award, the restaurant prides itself on their dedication to delectable dining and customer experience. This award-winning team have intricately curated a menu that immerses guests in a harmonious blend of flavours, highlighting the rich and diverse palette of Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine. You can expect to be in awe at the broad menu which includes sensational sushi, crisp tempura, fragrant curries, delicately spiced ramen, grilled meats, gyozas and so much more! When the glorious sunshine pays a visit, opt for al fresco dining on our riverside terrace where you can wine and dine whilst soaking in some vitamin D – dogs are also welcome outdoors.  

2. The Falls Brasserie

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, Borrowdale Valley

Take a seat in the newly reimagined Falls Brasserie which seamlessly blends sophistication with the natural splendour of the surrounding Borrowdale Valley. Enjoy spectacular views that stretch over beautiful Derwentwater towards Skiddaw and Cat Bells as you dine from a delicious contemporary British menu. Guests can expect to indulge in both imaginative and comforting dishes which have been crafted from locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the very best of Cumbria. You will find the walls adorned by many original oil and acrylic paintings by acclaimed Johnathan Trotman.

Representing a £650k investment, the Falls Brasserie is complete with a brand-new state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with modern appliances and technology which promise a flawless dining experience for all guests.

3. Borrowdale Hotel Restaurant

Borrowdale Hotel, Borrowdale Valley

For an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of the Lake District, look no further than the Borrowdale Hotel Restaurant. Boasting an atmosphere of elegance, tempting menus, and personalised service, this restaurant has become a favourite among residents and locals alike. Our culinary team, recently joined by Gordon Ramsay-trained Head Chef, Tristan Prudden, meticulously prepares each dish using the finest fresh, local ingredients, ensuring a taste sensation with every bite.

If you haven’t yet tried our Sunday roast, served from the traditional, silver carving trolley, you’re missing out! Indulge in a selection of succulent meats, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables, and lashings of gravy.

To complement our exquisite cuisine, step through the glass doors into our stunning walk-in wine cellar, showcasing an impressive collection of wines and Champagnes, all housed within beautiful rich wood.

4. Brossen Steakhouse

If you are an avid foodie visiting the Lake District, a reservation in Brossen Steakhouse should be on the cards! Try our renowned chateaubriand, a sharing steak served with 3 sides and 2 sauces, promising a succulent burst of flavour with every bite. Boasting a diverse menu that includes a selection of burgers, pastas, grilled goods, and other mains, there is sure to be something that suits all tastes. Soak up the ambiance of this central restaurant for a classy evening out and admire the Danish-inspired décor and huge wall murals showing off the popular cuts of a cow, pig, and chicken. Find entertainment watching our Head Chef and his team grill up a storm through the viewing windows. If you have your canine companion with you, you may dine in the lounge which sits at the entrance to the restaurant.

5. The Lake View Restaurant

Inn on the Lake, Glenridding

Perched on the serene shores of Lake Ullswater, the Lake View Restaurant at the Inn on the Lake offers a dining experience that is as delightful as the name suggests. Under the guidance of the Head Chef, the restaurant presents imaginative lunch and dinner menus that highlight the finest local produce, all served with an artistic flair. The breathtaking views of the lake complement the delicious dishes, making each meal a feast for both the eyes and the palate. The menus evolve with the seasons, ensuring a fresh and varied selection that caters for even the most discerning tastes, accompanied by a well-curated wine list. For those celebrating special occasions, private dining options are available, with our attentive staff ready to assist in planning every detail.

6. Brasserie 31

Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick

Experience a whole new world of dining in the heart of Keswick, Brasserie 31 is a hidden gem found within the Skiddaw Hotel, located on Main Street. Head Chef Bobby’s imaginative menus offer a variety of contemporary British cuisine that is sure to make your tastebuds dance. After living and working in the Balearics for 18 years, Bobby has brought a taste of Spain to the Skiddaw Hotel by including an array of delectable Spanish-style dishes to the menu. The hotel’s stylish interior is comprised of a variety of muted, earthy tones with a discreet navy blue, making for a tranquil atmosphere that enables you to focus your senses on tasting the delicious dishes served. The start of 2024 saw the introduction of the Skiddaw Hotel Dining Club; this exciting new venture seeks to bring a food-loving community to the heart of Keswick. Join for FREE and take advantage of exclusive discounts, priority access on our foodie events, a complimentary birthday drink on us plus more…

Learn more about our dining club – https://www.lakedistricthotels.net/skiddawhotel/dining-club

7. Kings Arms Hotel

Keswick

If you’re craving a comforting, homemade meal in a cosy setting, look no further than the Kings Arms Hotel. Indulge in hearty classics crafted with care and served with a smile. Dive into our renowned Beef and Jennings Ale pie, a beloved favourite that delights many guests each month. Or tantalise your taste buds with our Chef’s weekly special, guaranteed to offer something irresistible. Whether you’re seeking familiar flavours or culinary surprises, our menu promises a satisfying experience that captures the essence of Lake District dining. If you’re dining with your pooch, feel free to join us in the bar!

8. Rambler’s Bar & Candleroom

Inn on the Lake, Glenridding

Rambler’s Bar & Candleroom is a beloved spot for both locals and visitors, renowned for its excellent Lakeland ales and locally sourced food. This charming pub, situated within the Inn on the Lake and overlooked by majestic fells, offers a perfect retreat whether you’ve spent the day hiking the mountains or exploring the scenic drives around the lakes. On warm days, the outdoor seating area provides fresh Lakeland air and stunning views of the fells. When it’s colder, step inside to a cosy, welcoming atmosphere where you can hang up your coat, find a seat by the fire, or relax in ‘The Snug’ with a big armchair and coffee table books to peruse. Choose from a selection of hearty home-cooked meals that are sure to warm your heart and soul. Dining with your dog? No problem, well behaved pups are always welcome!

Please note we sometimes may be closed in the evening due to private functions, please call 017684 82444 in advance to check.