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Places to eat in the Ullswater Valley

The Ullswater Valley is a home for people who want to get up and out into the countryside. It’s also a good place to refuel afterwards. From afternoon tea and doorstop sandwiches to traditional pub meals, here are some of the best spots for you to take a pause from your adventures.

For Couples

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Think of Pooley Bridge and you think of a cruise on Ullswater Steamers and a walk, then a pub lunch and a pint in one of the three pubs. 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms is quite unexpected.

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms
1863 Bar Bistro Rooms
1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

Innovative, seasonal cooking served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Carefully structured menus allow you to savour all three courses while our commitment to quality local food in season means there’s always something new to try. Dinner at 1863 will no doubt generate conversation around the table on the night, but will also give you something to talk about long after you’ve left for the evening.

www.1863ullswater.co.uk

For something new

Another Place

The valley’s newest addition. Here at Another Place we have two restaurants.

Dessert in Rampsbeck Restaurant
An espresso martini in The Living Space
Steak frites in The Living Space
Sticky toffee pudding in Rampsbeck Restaurant

The Living Space

This relaxed space offers doorstop sandwiches, inventive salads and firm favourites including fish and chips, burgers and curries. Children, dogs and wetsuits welcome…

The Rampsbeck

Cumbrian-inspired dishes change with the season in this more formal dining area. A good wine list accompanies local produce including Herdwick Lamb, Morecambe Bay shrimps and perhaps even some Sticky Toffee Pudding.

https://another.place/the-lake/food-drink/

For Walkers

Beckside Cafe

Walking the Ullswater Way between Howtown and Glenridding?

Lowther Barn Tearoom

Situated on the fell walkway between Sandwick and Patterdale, the Lowther Tea Room at Beckside Farm offers a welcome rest and refreshment stop for walkers journeying from the Steamer pier at Glenridding or Howtown.  The tea room is a delightful place to rest your weary legs, enjoy the views and some delicious food.

www.becksidefarm.co.uk

For Afternoon Tea

Sharrow Bay

If it’s traditional afternoon tea you’re after in decadent and sumptuous surroundings, then nowhere tops the lakeside location of England’s original country house hotel, Sharrow Bay.

Afternoon tea at Sharrow Bay
Afternoon tea at Sharrow Bay
Afternoon tea at Sharrow Bay

Loose leaf tea, freshly pressed coffee and hand cut sandwiches are accompanied by delicate and delicious pastries, cakes and scones. The only thing you have to worry about – jam or cream first??

www.sharrowbay.co.uk

For A View from the Bridge

Granny Dowbekin’s Tearooms

The Granny Dowbekin story begins in 1904 when the building was bequeathed to the butler and housekeeper of a local country house. Having spent their lives in service, it seemed only natural that in creating their own business, they would choose to do what they do best. Thus a tearoom was born where the river meets the lake in pretty Pooley Bridge.

Granny Dowbekin's Tearooms
Granny Dowbekin's Tearooms

Over a century later and while the owners have changed, the welcome, the service and promise of good food has not.  The team still bake their pies, cakes and scones fresh every single day; it’s still a meeting place for friends and family from far and wide; and it still offers the best vantage point in the village from which to enjoy views of the both the river Eamont and beautiful Ullswater.

www.grannydowbekins.co.uk

For a Pub Lunch

The George and Dragon

The George and Dragon is an 18th century coaching inn. It has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen who have reused stone, slate flags, design and colours sympathetic to the Georgian period.

George and the Dragon
Charles Boer goat burger
Homemade black pudding, askham saddleback rissoles, bacon jam, fresh apple
Nutmeg-scented egg custard, rhubarb, shortbread

Comfy sofas, bare wooden tables and intimate alcoves make it a perfect place to relax and unwind. Photographs, paintings, old prints and archive images tell stories of the Lowther Estate’s unique heritage. And over time, more stories will be added.

Enjoy a pint of local ale, relax with a glass of fine wine and indulge in the Lowther produce, feeling that you’re somewhere rather unique.

www.askhamhall.co.uk/george-and-dragon/

For Dogs

Rambler’s Bar and Candleroom

Tucked away within the beautiful grounds of the Inn on the Lake, our cosy Rambler’s Bar and stunning Candleroom offer the perfect combination of countryside chic and relaxed Lake District dining.

Rambler’s Bar and Candleroom
Rambler’s Bar and Candleroom

Popular with walkers, holidaymakers and people passing through Ullswater – you can quench your thirst after a Helvellyn hike, enjoy lunch between boat rides on the lake or simply pop in for afternoon tea with friends.

Children, dogs and muddy walking boots are welcome, with food being served from noon until 9pm. The Rambler’s Bar offers real ale and hearty local menus or you can take your pick from a selection of tasty seasonal sharing boards. View menus.

https://www.lakedistricthotels.net/innonthelake/ramblers-bar-and-the-candleroom.php

For Pie-Lovers

Queen’s Head Tirril

Originally built in 1719 the Queen’s Head in Tirril has been in use as a Pub since that time gathering over the years all the bric a brac, memorabilia and character you would expect from an age old Inn – the Queen’s Head is a great example of a classic British pub with old world charm in every nook and cranny.

The Queens Head, Tirril

And now for a little known fact outside of local circles – The Queens Head in Tirril proudly stock the award-winning Pie Mill pies. They have a pie page on their menu at all times featuring featuring a great selection and every other Wednesday they have a pie night which includes a pie, vegetables, gravy, mash/chips with a pint/small glass of wine for £10.

The pies have become a main talking point at the Queens Head– customers comment on their love of these delicious pies; from the fact that they are individual pies with excellent shortcrust pastry and not just a pastry lid to their enjoyment of lots of meat filling and not empty space when you cut into it. Other comments include the richness of the fillings, the quality of the meat used, tender & succulent, how every pie can look a little different – evidence of the individual hand-made aspect.

https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/queensheadinn/

For Art Lovers

The Royal Hotel, Dockray

A Lakeland pub and art lovers haven – really? High above Ullswater in the village of Dockray, this is exactly what you’ll find at The Royal Hotel.

Owners Tyrone and Michelle serve up honest pub food and local beers surrounded by walls of art by Michelle herself and other local artists including Gina Clive. Be sure to pop round the back of the pub and visit Michelle in her creative space, ‘The Wire Studio’ – her wire sculptures of the human form in motion are simply stunning.

www.the-royal-dockray.co.uk

www.michellecastles.co.uk

For Something Really Special

Askham Hall

Situated in the charming village of Askham, a 10 minute drive from Ullswater is Askham Hall – a very special place indeed.

Askham Hall
Char-grilled Askham Hall saddleback pork, black pudding mash, onion sauce
Head gardener Colin Myers with chef Richard Swale
Poached Cumbrian lobster, smoked leek, black garlic, buckwheat, pickles and bergamont
Poached apple, apple and sorrel sorbet, buttermilk pannacotta, blackberries and cinammon beignet

Allium, their award-winning intimate 30-cover seat restaurant, is a celebration of local and seasonal produce brought together in stunning menus created by Head Chef, Richard Swale. They grow and rear much of their own produce in our gardens and fields at Askham Hall itself and on the family estate – the Lowther Estate in Cumbria.

www.askhamhall.co.uk

Book now for your active relaxation stay at Another Place, The Lake.