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Eating Out

Cumbria is blessed with a huge selection of excellent Pubs, Restaurants, Eating & Drinking Establishments. You'll find a small selection of our favourites on this page.

Image above: The Masons Arms © Dave Willis and Cumbria Tourism. Why not combine a visit with a stroll up Gummer's How which boasts panoramic views over Windermere - one of The Hyning Estate's recommended, digitised Walks.

There's no shortage of great places to eat out locally and you'll find a selection of our favourites on this page and more in our Welcome Guide (please note that this is a large document - you'll find a printed copy in your cottage upon arrival). For loads more ideas you can follow this link to Cumbria Tourism's Food & Drink Guide.

Pubs with Food

(Overwhelmed? - Try The Plough at Lupton, The Wheatsheaf at Brigsteer or Romneys in Kendal)


Romneys in Kendal – good range of real ales & a carvery / a la carte. Excellent reports from guests but often very busy.

Masons Yard 24 - new bar brasserie in Kendal town centre. Following extensive renovations, this historic building is now open once again. Serving a range of food, drinks, teas, coffees, craft ales and cocktails.

The Strickland Arms (Sizergh) near Kendal – more relaxed and can be busy with good range of Ales – own beer festivals.

The Wheatsheaf (Brigsteer near Kendal) – Excellent Gastro Pub 2016 Cumbria Pub of the year and linked to the Mason’s Arms – well worth booking. Close to Kendal but narrow roads!

The Hare & Hounds (Levens near Kendal) - Simple, fresh & tasty with hand-rolled Pizzas - Good Reports from Guests.

For a very different experience - Bowness Bay Brewing - The Factory Tap (Kendal) - Microbrewery (home of Bowness Bay) + Guest Ales. Not open every day (check website / facebook). Lookout for Thai food evenings. A Pub for those who love Real Ale and good old-fashioned hospitality (no slot machines, no Sky... and real everything!).


The Kings Head - relaxed country pub with great beers & food


The Plough – excellent Gastro Pub

Kirkby Lonsdale

The Sun Inn – good food, real ale, nice place


Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall (serves “tapas-style” food (mix-n-match)) – good for children & amazing if you like Real Ale. Less formal – benches etc. Recommended: "Sunday Session" - Sundays 5pm-8pm - A now well-established event that originally started with a couple of performers that has now blossomed into a vibrant and entertaining way to close the weekend. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, or stand up behind the mic, The Beer Hall is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon!


The Watermill Inn – Guest Ales and its own Microbrewery. Food is good and lots of it. Fast Service.

Strawberry Bank

The Masons Arms (between Windermere & Newby Bridge and quite hard to find – so make sure you know where you’re going first!)



Fine Dining:

L’Enclume, Cartmel

Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere

The Sambling, Windermere

Gilpin Lodge, Windermere

Known for Food:

The Brown Horse, Winster

Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse, Windermere

The Punchbowl, Crosswaite

Drunken Duck Inn, Hawkshead

The Jumble Room, Grasmere

Hooked, Windermere

The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite Lake

The Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank


San Pietro Windermere


India Kendal

British Raj (Takeaway- Kendal)


Doi Intanon (Ambleside – 015394 32119 - The Original - Booking Essential)

Bangkok 7 (Kendal - 01539 733733) - Excellent Reviews

Jintana (Kendal - 01539 723123)


Zeffirelli's & Fellini's (Ambleside - with Cinemas and Live Entertainment)



There is a wide selection of take-away food in Kendal – everything from Dominos Pizzas to kebab houses, Indian, Chinese & Thai food. Nice-n-Spicy delivers: