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Places to eat and drink in the Lake District

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and local eateries

We have made a list of some of the best restaurants, cafes, pubs and other eateries local to Howe Foot holiday cottages in the Lake District. They are ordered by proximity, so the nearest first, with a short summary.

Lowick Green

The Farmer's Arms
Stable bar, cafè, craft shop and venue for creative courses and workshops rolled into one. This is the closest place to Howe Foot for food and drink - beside the A5092 on the way to Greenodd - but do check the opening times. The pub was 'rescued and revived by Grizedale Arts and the local community', re-opening in 2021. Sandwiches are £6/£7, main courses £12-£18. Eat in or takeaway pizzas - from an outdoor wood-fired oven - on a Thursday night. Dishes feature 'the best produce the Crake Valley has to offer'. A place to support.

The Red Lion
Family-run local pub, not far from Howe Foot. Menu includes Cumberland sausage, Yorkshire pudding and mash (£13.50), lamb shank (£14.50) and meat or vegetable lasagne (£11). Second Thursday in the month is acoustic jam night. Beer garden.

Spark Bridge

Royal Oak
Traditional local, a few minutes from Howe Foot. Cumbrian ales may include those from Coniston and Hawkshead breweries while the food menu could see steak and ale pie (£10.95), wild boar and apple sausage and fillet of sea bass (£12.95). Thursday night is steak night, Friday is fish and chip day (£15 for two).

Greenodd

Bakehouse Born and Bread
Artisan bakery and cafè where you can buy bread, cakes, pies, 'amazing' sausage rolls and pastries or pop in for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Check out the takeaway menu and the burger night menu as well. 'Full Bakehouse Brekky' is £11.95, although there's very little else above £10/£11.

Crakeside Fish and Chips
The nearest chippy to Howe Foot where fish and chips cost about £9. Other dishes include battered haggis, steak pie and meat and potato pie. Veggie options and English Lakes ice cream.

Oxen Park

The Manor House
Handsome looking pub which has plenty of excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. It's located across the road from the Oxen Park cinema club. Family-run. Menu offers dishes such as rump of Lakeland lamb (£22.50), herb crumbed hake fillet (£21.50), risotto Milanese (£15.50), steak and ale pie (£17.25) and Loweswater Gold battered haddock (£14.75). Sunday roasts as well.

Bouth

White Hart
Atmospheric 17th-century inn where old photographs and farming tools adorn the walls and flagstones are on the floor. Six beers are on handpump. Specials may include seared tuna loin steak, homemade pie, supreme of duck, lamb tagine, and steak and ale pie. Generous portions. Bouth is just off the road between Ulverston and Newby Bridge.

Ulverston

Gillam's
Cosy, welcoming and traditional tearoom, with a little fire and the bonus of a specialist grocers next door (in the same family hands). Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea are served: sandwiches, soups, scones and cakes, using vegetarian/organic produce. The atmospheric grocer's shop has a cast iron range, old photographs, wooden floor and old weighing scales. Organic teas and coffees sold.

World Peace Cafè
For many years Conishead Priory - on the outskirts of town - has been home to a Buddhist community, the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. The cafè - an 'oasis of calm' - is located in the priory's conservatory, overlooking the south lawn, and serves soups, sandwiches (about £3.50), scones, cakes (£2.70-£3.30) and traybakes (£2.20-£3.20). 'Friendly, inexpensive and delicious,' said one visitor.

Fourpence Cafè and Shoppe
Hats, clocks, old fashioned radios, photographs and antique furniture may well be scattered around this cafè, and you'd be disappointed if they weren't. This is certainly a different kind of place to have breakfast, tea, coffee, sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, cakes, vegetarian soups, Welsh rarebit, hot beef chilli, and fresh fish chowder (a speciality). Homemade lemonade is sold too (another speciality).

Poppies Cafè and Bistro
Breakfasts are highly recommended by numerous customers at this popular cafè. Soup, scones, cakes and more by day; bistro menu on Friday and Saturday which may have mains (all £18) like pan-seared seabass, homity pie and half roast chicken. Theme nights like 'Reggae Nite', 'Italian Night' and 'Soul Food Night'.

Shed 1 Distillery
If you're looking for something really unusual and you happen to hit the right dates, then why not head for this small craft distillery right next to the auction mart in Ulverston? In February 2022 Icons of Gin (Gin magazine) named it 'Visitor Attraction of the Year'. Check the website to see when 'Afternoon G&Tea' is being served. The event includes a welcome gin and tonic, distillery tour and a lovely afternoon tea 'incorporating botanicals used in the gin making'.

Bici Cafè
Wood-fired pizzas are the big thing at Bici where pizzas go from about £10 to £14.75. In the evening the cafe serves pizzas along with nibbles, cheese and meat platters and mini-desserts. Takeaway menu too.

The Mill
The Cask Bar, Terrace Bar and Loft Bar are the three bars - over three floors - in this former flour mill which retains a number of original features, including a big waterwheel behind glass. It's owned by Lancaster Brewery so there's a big choice of beers (about ten). Lunch sees starters, light bites, sandwiches and main courses from £13 to £25 while dinner has mains like slow cooked pork belly (£18.50), homemade pie of the day (£15.50) and Lancaster Blonde battered haddock (£14).

Bay Horse Hotel
Great location outside the town, overlooking the Levens Estuary. 'Over the years we have become synonymous for our cooking and indeed the food we prepare and serve is, in our eyes, the true meaning of our existence,' says the website. There's a lite bites menu, a lunchtime menu, an evening lite bites menu and an evening main menu. Main courses on the latter may include fresh crab and salmon fish cakes (£16.75), Aberdeen Angus beef, mushroom and Guinness casserole (£16.75) and braised Lakeland lamb shank (£19.95).

The Farmers
Pub, wine bar and restaurant on the main square, with an outside terrace. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are served, with 'starters and nibbles', 'food for sharing' and 'Farmers famous favourites' available at lunch and in the evening. Main courses may be steak stir fry (£18), fish of the day (£18.50) and half a roast chicken (£17). The Rose (pub) - once the Rose and Crown - is in the same ownership.

Base Restaurant
This seems to be a real hit with diners, the restaurant located in Ford Park below the Hoad Monument. Light lunches might offer confit duck leg salad (£13.95), butter bean cassoulet (£9.95) and flat breads (£6.95). A regularly changing evening set menu at £49.95 could include the likes of pan-roasted cod loin, Cumbrian crab tartlets, salt-aged Cumbrian ribeye steak, and brined and scorched mackerel. A 'gastronomic delight,' one diner said. Kitchen garden and orchard next door.

L'al Churrasco
'Proudly independent and free from corporate greed,' proclaims the website of this restaurant where the focus is on Spanish, Portuguese and Southern Mediterranean tapas. 'Unusual and delicious' menu includes king prawns, chilli and garlic (£7.20), calamari and saffron aioli (£6.50), pork belly and fennel (£7.50) and spiced lamb and butternut squash (£8). Sunday roast and cocktails menu too.

Broughton-in-Furness.

Broughton Village Bakery
One of the best sights in Broughton is the counter table at this much-liked bakery, laden with breads, pies, pasties, quiches, sausage rolls, cakes, scones, brownies, shortbreads and tray bakes. You can savour what you've bought in the seating area next door.

Manor Arms
Family owned pub, with an emphasis on beer rather than food. Up to eight changing real ales are on handpump which may include those from Great Corby, Barngates and Hawkshead breweries. About 180 guest ales are served every year. Log fires, pool table, old photographs of Broughton and bay windows. Limited food offering.

Broughton Mills

The Blacksmiths Arms
Enchanting old pub where the inside is much the same as it was 200 years ago. It's on CAMRA's national inventory of pubs and bars with important historic interiors. Four small rooms, huge flagstones, ancient timbers, a cast iron range, open fires and a large old table in the main bar, that table reserved for drinking only. Three real ales; menu might see main courses of cod and chips, roasted confit duck leg (£15.50), slow-cooked pork belly with chorizo, and spiced aubergine tagine (£12.95). About two miles from Broughton.

Seathwaite

Newfield Inn
17th century pub stands in glorious countryside in the Duddon Valley, one of poet William Wordsworth's favourite places. Sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes and main courses such as grilled gammon (£14.95), crispy beer battered fish and chips (£12.95), Woodall's Cumberland sausage (£13.95), beef and ale pie (£14.95), vegan chilli (£12.95). Light bites available for some dishes, open for breakfast, Sunday roast. Check out the Walna Scar slate on the floor in one of the bars.

Newby Bridge

Swan Hotel & Spa
Once a 17th century coaching house at the southern end of Windermere, the Swan is now a big hotel with a low-ceilinged bar, brasserie and spa cafè. There's seating outside by the River Leven.

Coniston

The Green Housekeeper Cafè
Breakfasts, lunches and tea served at this popular cafè. Full English breakfast and vegetarian breakfast are both £8.50. Soups, quiches, jacket potatoes, filled rolls (£4), toasties (£4.50), scones and cakes are all offered too.

Herdwicks Cafè
Serves tea, coffee, homemade cakes, light lunches, and 'hearty meals'. Bacon butties, jacket potatoes (about £10), sandwiches (£7/£7.50), bacon and sausage buns (£7) and lamb and mint burger (£14) are some of the things on the menu at this dog-friendly place.

The Black Bull
A big draw for some is the full range of Coniston Brewery Ales that are served here, two of them - Bluebird Bitter and No 9 Barley Wine - Supreme Champion Beers of Britain. The brewery is next door and in the same family ownership. 17th century coaching inn with Donald Campbell memorabilia on the walls. Outside seating.

Steam Bistro
'Our philosophy is simple; relaxed dining with great ambience, ingredients sourced from a wealth of local farmers and producers on our doorstep and a friendly, knowledgeable team to take care of you.' So say the owners of this much liked restaurant where two course evening meals cost £28.95 and three courses £34.95. Do check opening times. Main courses might include the likes of bourguignon of beef blade; leek, potato & three cheese pithivier; and sesame salmon and king prawn Thai curry.

Low Newton

Harry's Cafe Bar at Yew Tree Barn
Cafè of the Year at the Cumbria Food Awards 2022, Harry's is located in a huge antiques and reclamation centre. Breakfast and lunch are served and sometimes supper evenings. Lancashire hot pot (£12), Harry's Rarebit (£9) and croque monsieur (£9) may well be on the menu for lunch.

High Newton

Heft
Lunch (£45) and dinner (£95) are served at this 17th century inn, run by Kevin and Nicola Tickle. Kevin spent some years down the road at L'Enclume in Cartmel and then became the head chef at Forest Side at Grasmere where he gained a Michelin star within the first year of the hotel opening. Dishes may include beetroot, Ragstone, rye and hazelnut; Saddleback pork chop, glazed in cider and smoke, allium gravy; and scorched cod, cockle and savoury broth.

Cartmel

Cavendish Arms
Former coaching inn where the old stables are now the bar. The antique furniture sits well with the low beams and uneven floor. There's a separate restaurant. Hot ciabattas, cold baps, and dishes such as Lune Valley lamb shank; steak and ale pie; roasted salmon; potato gnocchi and superfood salad could be on the menu.

Unsworth's Yard
Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy something from the wine shop, the brewery and the specialist cheese shop which are a few feet away. The Mallard Tea Shop is close by as well, offering soups, sandwiches, toasties and jacket potatoes.

L'Enclume
Three Michelin stars, five AA Rosettes, the Good Food Guide's number one restaurant in the UK multiple times, Simon Rogan's L'Enclume celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022. The restaurant is now one of eight in the UK to hold three stars and the only one with such an accolade in the north of England. L'Enclume also has a Michelin green star, an award that highlights a restaurant's excellent sustainable practices. Dishes may include the likes of fritter of Duroc pig and smoked eel, lovage and fermented sweetcorn; Berkswell pudding caramelised in birch sap, stout vinegar and aged Berkswell; raw Cartmel Valley roe deer in coal oil, pumpkin seed, preserved cucumber and nasturtium. The tasting menu, available for both lunch and dinner, is £195.

Rogan & Co
An atmospheric old building beside the pretty River Eea is the home of this Michelin starred restaurant, owned by Simon Rogan. Diners choose three courses, at both lunch and dinner, from a selection of seasonal starters, main courses and desserts. All at a set menu price (£79). Main courses may be wild valley game, celeriac, pear and fig leaf; aged short rib of beef with glazed mushrooms and whey onion; grilled skate with mussel cream, kohlrabi and cucumber.

Grange-over-Sands

The Hazelmere Tea House and Restaurant
Tea is the big thing here with some 50 different types of loose leaf tea offered. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are served with traditional afternoon tea at £18.95 and Cumbrian cream tea at £6.99. Sandwiches (£9.50), toasted sandwiches and main plates (£14.95) like beer battered haddock or aromatic lamb tagine are served. There's a bakery shop here too.

Thyme Out
Mediterranean restaurant, serving Greek meze (mini meze at £4.80 each, three meze for £12), platter boards and other dishes such as beef stifado (beef stew, £19.15), moussaka (£19.15) and vegetable moussaka (£16.75).

Eating out in the southern Lake District
Eating out in the southern Lake District