PLACES TO EAT

It's safe to say that I love my food as the following recommendations will show!  The Lake District has some amazing places to eat, with an incredible variety of food and dishes.  Below are some that we have been lucky enough to visit, and particularly those near to Maple Bank.  I hope you enjoy yourselves trying out the different places as much as we have :o)

Please note that we don't receive any commissions from the places we have eaten at.

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I keep coming back. I've had lunch and dinner many times at the Coledale and the beer garden is fabulous on a sunny afternoon. Always a warm welcome from Gary and Carole.  Dog-friendly in the pub and middle section. The pies are always wonderful and the bread-and-butter pudding is a dream. Fabulous gin selection too! And a yummy cappuccino and chocolate at the end of your meal. Very happy to recommend to my guests and friends and family.

A traditional country inn set in the heart of Braithwaite.  The Royal Oak has roaring log fires in the winter in their bar area and a large outdoor seating area for the summer months, with oak beams and very friendly staff.  Lovely place to relax in whilst being surrounded by spectacular scenery.  The food at the Oak is in keeping with the style and demand of its customers – hearty portions of traditional pub food served in either the bar area or the restaurant.  We can definitely recommend the Slow Roasted Pork Belly and Scampi. Just to note that they don't allow dogs in their bar or restaurant during food serving times.

Wow!  What an amazing restaurant to have within walking distance of the House.  Came here for my birthday and had a fabulous evening.  The food was fabulous and we were looked after so well.  One of my friends has a particular diet and the chef was so, so accommodating.  Created two dishes just for her that evening by adapting his menu.  What a gent and so very kind. Can't wait to go back.

What a fabulous local pub.  A traditional pub serving very high quality food and local real ales.  And you don’t need to leave your four legged friends at home, as they're very welcome too. There's a roaring fire when needed, and outside tables as well.  I was so impressed with the food and the staff were really welcoming. My friends in Keswick love it too.  Be sure to book ahead as it can get very busy.

This photo does not do justice to this amazing chef.  I have been several times now and I can't recommend it enough.  It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere so you don't need to put on your Sunday best unless you want to.  It's dog-friendly, which means you can enjoy a super meal and not be worrying about the dog in the car.  All the courses are all worth leaving room for.  Saffron pear.  Prawns.  Salmon.  All of it!  And you can either drive about 15 mins from the House or get a cab to take you there as the wine and spirit selection is pretty fab too.

Wow!  A fabulous view from the beer garden, with mulled wine and a great plate of nachos after climbing Catbells.  Then a lovely walk back to Braithwaite.  Staff were really friendly.  I've been back for a fabulous burger as well.  So enjoy stopping by to enjoy a beer and simply take in the view down Newlands Valley. Very happy to recommend to my guests, especially if they're walking that way back from Portinscale or Keswick.

Recommended to us by some of our repeat guests, who come every year for a walking weekend, and always go to the Pheasant for their Saturday night meal, we were so glad we took up the recommendation.  The food was simply delicious.  Their menu changes to offer seasonal treats and the Sunday Roast is such a treat.  They have a lovely cosy room for you if you're bringing your furry family-friend with you in the evening as well, which is so relaxing for everyone.  Just be sure to tell them when you book.

Love this place. I've been here a couple of times now and I just love this place. No bookings taken so you get to have a drink or two at the bar - excellent cocktails mad to order here - and add your name to the list for a table. Tables turn over relatively quickly. I've had tapas but look forward to a pizza cooked in the pizza oven. If you like a fun atmosphere, almost apres skii, then this is the place for you. All welcome with all ages in there when I visited, and very dog-friendly. Live music on some nights. Already planning my next visit.

We were recommended to visit The Chalet by guests, friends, family and other local B&B owners and we weren't dissappointed.  I had the most amazing burger and Mums prawn sandwich was quite substantial.  However it was so tasty and the bread so soft and yummy that somehow she found room for it all!  We then shared a gorgeous Lemon Drizzle Cake.  Really lovely staff, good buzz and atmosphere.  We could park outside which was a bonus as it was raining.  They also have outside tables to enjoy the sunshine.  Dogs welcome.Definitely recommend and will be going back soon.

The Bistro was a fabulous find.  I've had the most amazing pea soup with fresh bread after standing in the rain watching friends feed the alpacas, and I've also had their delicious cream tea with the Head Gardener.  Really lovely staff and the tea was truly delicious.  A relaxed setting with a nice friendly buzz to the atmosphere.  Love the decor as well.  And then you can pop into the shop for some excellent presents: gin, vodka and whisky all available having been made on site, along with gawjus chocolates and bisucits and and and ...!

Yummy lunch and cake. Stopped in here for the first time as two guests had recommended the cake and tea at Lingholm and they weren't wrong - very tasty avocado smash with poached eggs and salmon. Excellent portion sizes followed by yummy red velvet cake. Very happy to pass on the recommendation to my guests in the future.  And can walk here from the House in under an hour, so a nice walk back to work off any extra calories.

We've been to the Lakeside Cafe Restaurant beside the Theatre by The Lake a couple of times now and really enjoyed the food.  We had a light supper pre-theatre and I had a superb burger and Mum had garlic mushrooms on ciabatta.  Have also been in with my young goddaughters for a light lunch before going on the Keswick Launch, as well as coffee and cake after coming off Derwentwater with other friends.  Friendly and efficient and lovely food.

Casa Bella is a fantastic Italian restaurant in Keswick.  The most amazing thin crust garlic bread and pizzas, and pasta sauces that are sooo tasty.  They also do take-ways which is a big bonus if you just want to have a relaxed evening in the House.  Just kick back in the dining room and enjoy your takeaway with a few beers.  But don't forget to let room for their tiramisu!

Great fusion menu. Have had a late lunch and tea-time snack here with family and friends. Lovely food and very friendly environment. The menu is varied and surprising at the same time - really loved it although challenging which to choose!

Go on, treat yourself, you deserve it.  Our guests absolutely rave about this restaurant.  We've tried to book in here three times now, but been thwarted by lockdowns each time.  The menu just looks so amazing that I think I will be fasting the day before so I can enjoy it properly!  It might seem strange to promote somewhere we haven't been to yet but our guests and local friends can't speak highly enough.

A lovely coffee shop in the heart of Keswick that is extremely dog-friendly.  Had a fabulouse cajun chicken tortilla wrap with yummy coleslaw and my mum had a great prawn sandwich with side salad garnish.  Really great folk behind the counter.  Extremely welcoming atmosphere.

Paula and Ollie have created such lovely surroundings for their contemporary art gallery and gift shop.  And I love the fact that you can sit surrounded by these amazing items and enjoy the teashop.  They offer a range of toasted sandwiches, scones cakes and toasted muffins, as well as tea, Fairtrade coffee and cold drinks.  My Swiss cheese and mushroom toastie was just delicious after running in from the rain - and yes, I enjoyed another gorgeous fruit scone!  Dog-friendly too.  Either a short stroll from the House along the road to Thornthwaite, or about a walk through the woods for about 50 mins.

The Head Gardener and I love Thai food and I love that we can enjoy authentic Thai food in the Lakes.  I've eaten in the restaurant several times and the food was lovely, especially enjoyed by my vegetarian friends with me.  I've also had many take-aways from here and the food is just as great and piping hot.  More than happy to recommend to my guests to enjoy.

So very tasty. Came to Kat's kitchen with visiting overseas friends and we all had an excellent lunch. Large range of dishes to choose from - which all sounded really delicious so decision-making was a bit tricky - we all chose something different so we could try each others. One of our party was vegan and a chef, and she was really impressed. Truly delicious. The service was really friendly and helpful. Repeat visits are necessary!

After a two hour walk up hill from the House, through the Whinlatter Forest, I can tell you this café is very welcome!  The cakes are delicious, as is the coffee. There is a conservatory, the main café area, an outside terrace under cover of the eaves, or the main terrace.  They also have a take-away window.  Can also highly recommend the toasted sandwiches.

Love The Filling Station in Keswick.  A great place to stop over and grab a fab coffee and some food to fill up.   You can sit outside if weather is kind enough and the stack of pancakes are a particular favourite of ours!

Ginger bread latte is just awesome! Can't say enough about this lovely haven - the staff are so welcoming and friendly - recognise both me and my mum now, separately or together, and remember who has the cream and who doesn't each time. The ginger bread latte is simply heavenly and the luxury hot chocolate is truly scrumptious. Love love love this place!

I was lucky enough to be treated to dinner here by some visiting friends and we were not disappointed.  And since been back for an awesome lunch.  Each dish was presented beautifully, the portions were just right to enjoy the three course menu, the wine recommendations for each dish was spot on. Definitely recommend for a fine dining treat and definitely coming back again.  A very well deserved Michelin star.

Cakes that just melt in your mouth!! I love walking around Buttermere with family and friends, and then ending the day at the Sykes Farm Tearoom. So welcoming and the cakes that are just amazing: melt in your mouth. Have also had a late lunch here and the quiche/tart was lovely. Also sell wonderful ice cream. Yummy coffee and hot chocolate too. Love it!
An Italian oasis. Have eaten here several times as it is so lovely to browse through the nursery and then stay on for lunch. Adorable building and surroundings - so clever in its design. The Italian theme of the building is adopted on the menu and we love the bruschettas and pasta - the hot chocolate is just gorgeous and the cakes are divine. Love coming back each time. The staff are lovely and warm and welcoming.

If you're looking for a lovely English cream tea with a fabulous view then look no further.  An amazing choice of sandwiches, quiches and cakes, along with the traditional scones and cream and jam, and are very happy to cater for any dietary requirements.  Mum and I had a lovely view out across the gardens.  It's a calm and traditional environment and will need to leave your pooch in the car.

At the foot of Helvellyn, on the road to Keswick/Grasmere, is the Kings Head Inn.  Great place to stop after a walk in the area and does amazing chips!! Wow, what a treat after a day up on the fells,  The burgers are great as well.  Enjoy!

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