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LOCAL RESTAURANTS

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The Secret Garden, Pooley Bridge

An eclectic riverside venue offering homemade meals, cake, coffee and a fully licensed bar.

Drivetime: 5 mins
Book?: No, walk-in only

Granny Dowbekin's, Pooley Bridge

A traditional riverside English tearoom and tea garden at the northern tip of Ullswater. Friendly welcome for families of all ages plus dogs – good food served all day.

Drivetime: 5 mins
Book?: No walk-in only

The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge

Hearty Cumbrian pub food with far reaching views of Ullswater.

Drivetime: 5 mins
Book?: No walk-in only

The Pooley Bridge Inn

A spacious, traditional bar with a relaxing ambiance which welcomes both dogs and children.

Drivetime: 5 mins
Book?: Recommended

1863 Pooley Bridge

Award-winning food by day (Fri – Sun) and by night (Thu – Mon). If you’re a family of food lovers, 1863 is just the ticket.

Drivetime: 5 mins
Book?: Recommended

A BIT FURTHER AFIELD

Penrith

The Chopping Block, Penrith

Sustainable, simple, and showcasing seasonal produce, The Chopping Block is an award-winning butchers offering tempting food like Shakshuka topped with crispy Iberico Chorizo, heritage Pork Tacos, decadent Twice Baked Cheese Soufflés and Za’atar spiced Lamb Koftas.

Drivetime: 15 mins
Book?: No

Rheged cafe, Penrith

Relaxed all-day dining – brunch with friends, lunch with the family or share a pizza before a movie. Locally-sourced, seasonal, inclusive and flexible menus.

Drivetime: 10 mins
Book?: No

The Queen's Head, Askham, Penrith

Fill your evenings with seasonal ‘super-posh’ pub food made with produce reared, foraged and grown on the estate’s farms, hedgerows and kitchen gardens. Dinner only Wed – Sun, Sunday lunch.

Drivetime: 15 mins
Book?: Yes

Askham Hall cafe, Penrith

Set in the gorgeous gardens of Askham Hall – enjoy wood-fired pizzas, a slice of cake, a play and a visit to the rare-breed animals. Open Sunday to Wednesday.

Drivetime: 15 mins
Book?: No

Dog and Gun, Penrith

Discover Cumbria’s only Michelin Bib Gourmand pub. Oh and it’s also dog-friendly. Think Johnby Hall rare breed pork, West Coast crab and gooseberry souffle…

Drive time: 15 mins
Book?: Yes

Aira Force tea room

Visit the pretty waterfalls at Aira Force and then enjoy coffee and cake with a lake view in these lovely tea rooms. Don’t miss the natural play area – oh and dogs are welcome.

Drive time: 10 mins
Book?: No

OUT WEST

Keswick

Fellpack Restaurant, Keswick

Wholesome, delicious food designed to be a little different from that of the classic Keswick pubs. Try one of their signature ‘fellpots’.

Drive time: 25 mins
Book?: Recommended

The Round, Keswick

Great tasting burgers, using local ingredients, homemade sauces and inventive twists on classic combinations. And dog friendly!

Drive time: 25 mins
Book?: No, walk-in only

Jasper's, Keswick

An independent, dog-friendly coffee shop in the heart of Keswick.

Drive time: 25 mins
Book?: No, walk-in only

The Square Orange, Keswick

The “Squorange”, as it’s affectionately known by locals and visitors alike, is an unexpected gem found nestled in the heart of Keswick. Great pizzas and tasty tapas.

Drive time: 25 mins
Book?: Recommended

The Wild Strawberry Cafe, Keswick

Crepes, flatbreads and handmade patisserie in relaxed surroundings. Try their afternoon tea – pastry chef, Paula, trained under the Roux brothers and made her name at iconic Sharrow Bay!

Drive time: 25 mins
Book?: Recommended for afternoon tea

SLAP BANG IN THE MIDDLE (AND A BIT SOUTH!)

Chesters by the river, Ambleside

Bright, modern café with riverside deck, serving homemade lunch, wood-fired pizza and classic cakes.

Drive time: 40 mins
Book?: No, walk-in only

Grasmere

Mathilde’s

Mathilde’s Café at the Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere

Discover a Lakeland artistic dynasty and a Scandi-inspired café at the Heaton Cooper Gallery. Smorrebrods, salads, tart of the day and Krakauer hot dogs await…lunch served daily – closed Tuesdays.

Drivetime: 35 mins
Book?: No

Staveley

More? café

More? cafe, Staveley

“A tasty oasis full of hidden pleasure” from award-winning baker, Patrick Moore: homemade soups, sandwiches, pies and pastries plus delicious sweet treats and the ever-popular ‘muddee’.

Drivetime: 45 mins
Book?: No