Food and Drink

Our Picks for the Best Food and Drink Spots in the Lake District

From Grasmere’s famous gingerbread, to Kendal Mint Cake and the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, the Lake District has brought its fair share of iconic food into the world. It is also true that good food and drink can make or break a holiday, so we have compiled this list of five fabulous restaurants, eateries and cafes to rest and refuel that will not disappoint. From luxury dining to independent family businesses, our local team knows exactly where to go and where you should go. 

Wabi Sabi, Ambleside

As seen on A Lake District Farm Shop, a hit BBC show that documented how various Lake District food businesses were trying to survive during the Covid pandemic, Wabi Sabi is one of the Lakes’ most popular Japanese restaurants. With an air of mystery that is undeniably intriguing, this high-end restaurant is revered by visitors as a truly outstanding experience. 

The Samling, Windermere

Set on a 67-acre estate with panoramic views of the Lakes’ dramatic landscape, the building at The Samling has an undeniable feeling of grandeur. In the grounds lies a progressive garden, habitating livestock and a seed exchange project - all in an attempt by the restaurant to become totally self-sufficient. For those who care for the environment and love good food, a trip to The Samling will not disappoint. 

Fellpack, Keswick

This cafe in Keswick has a diverse menu and extensive cocktail menu - a recipe for a perfect night out. Their speciality is the ‘Fellpot’, a Lake District take on the Buddha Bowl, with vegan and veggie options available. The Fellpack is open three nights a week for dinner. 

Brew Brothers, Kendal

This indie coffee house is run by two brother-in-laws, hence the name. They serve delicious hot drinks and alcoholic beverages, as well as having two full breakfast menus (vegan and non-vegan). Equally good for brunch and evening drinks, Brew Brothers is a must-visit if you’re in Kendal. 

The Jumble Room, Ambleside

This is a family-run business that prides itself on its ever-changing menu and commitment to selling good food above anything else. The Jumble Room sources all its ingredients from local artisans and bakeries and is committed to promoting other independent caterers in the Lake District. Currently, open three days a week, this globally influenced menu has something for everyone. 

The Little Ice Cream Shop, Hawkshead

Find yourself spoilt for choice with a wide selection of homemade ice cream at The Little Ice Cream shop. With over 40 delicious flavours of gelato on offer you’ll have trouble deciding which one to go for after a day exploring the lakes.

If these suggestions have caught your eye, make sure you take a look at our holiday cottages across the Lake District so that you can come and try them for yourself.