There's no doubt that Christmas this year is going to be a little bit different! The Lake District and Cumbria is currently in Tier 2, which means that we can still welcome guests at our holiday cottages, and some groups can eat out. If you're travelling as one household over Christmas, you can enjoy a meal out at one of the many fabulous pubs and restaurants that are Covid-secure and open over the festive period.
If you're visiting as part of a Christmas Bubble of more than one household, you'll probably be planning a slap-up Christmas dinner at your holiday cottage instead. There's plenty of options for you too! Why not order fresh local produce direct to your door with A Day's Walk, have restaurant-quality meals delivered by Dine in With Karen Rhodes, or pick up something from a Cranstons Food Hall?
Read on to find out more about some fantastic pubs and restaurants open over the holidays!
Note: Information is correct at the time of writing. Please keep up-to-date with Covid restrictions, which may change. Our Covid-19 FAQ answers the most common questions, but please also feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more.
The Boot Inn, Eskdale
The Boot Inn is one of just a handful of pubs in Eskdale, and it's truly excellent! Standing proud amongst the craggy mountain scenery of the valley, its award-winning food is a treat at any time of the year. The Christmas offering is no exception, with a set menu that includes traditional festive fare with a luxury twist.
Christmas Day set menu price: £55 per person (discount for a smaller child's portion). Bookings are limited to a maximum of six people from one household. To book, call 01946 723711.
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Armathwaite Hall, Bassenthwaite
The luxurious Armathwaite Hall sits overlooking peaceful Bassenthwaite Lake, with Skiddaw reflected in its waters. It's a truly indulgent spot for your Christmas meal! There's plenty on offer, too, including a five course Christmas day lunch, a Christmas Eve dinner with entertainment and a pre-dinner cocktail, and a spectacular black tie gala dinner on Boxing Day!
Christmas Day lunch price: £85 per person (£45 for children). Call 017687 76551 to reserve your table.
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Broadoaks Country House, Windermere
Kicking off at 1pm on Christmas Day, Broadoaks Country House in Windermere serves an incredible five-course meal. The set menu will really make your mouth water with a choice of delights including scallops, goats cheese, turkey, venison, Christmas pud, and crème brûlée.. Delicious! As there's only one sitting, availability is very limited.
Christmas Day lunch price: £68 per person (£25 for children aged 3-11, discount available if you live locally). Call 015394 45566 to book.
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Trout Hotel, Cockermouth
How do you fancy a Christmas lunch cooked for you by a team of award-winning chefs? If that sounds simply fabulous, then head to the Trout Hotel in Cockermouth on Christmas Day! Focusing on that all-important Christmas atmosphere as well as the food, you can be sure of a truly festive occasion at the Trout. Lunch is served from midday on the 25th of December and includes a choice of food that will suit all kinds of tastes.
Christmas Day lunch price: £89 per person (£35 for children aged 10 and under). Call 01900 823591 to reserve your table.
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The Brackenrigg Inn, Ullswater
With its own brewery, The Brackenrigg Inn is the ideal place if you like local real ales alongside your Christmas dinner! The food is home made from locally sourced produce, so you know that you're really getting the best. You can also sit back and enjoy the view of Ullswater, widely considered the Lake District's most beautiful lake.
Christmas Day lunch price: £39.95 per person. Call 017684 86206 to reserve your place.
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The Royal Oak, Keswick
If you want to be in the heart of the action, then there's no better place than in Keswick. Buzzing with Christmas cheer over the festive period, the market town has plenty of choices for eating out on Christmas Day and The Royal Oak is one such place. The gorgeous hotel adds an extra dash of spark to Christmas with its fabulous menu that includes festive classics alongside indulgent treats.
Christmas Day lunch price: £65 per person. Call 01768 773135 to book.
We have a large selection of holiday cottages in Keswick.
Irton Hall, Eskdale
Touted as 'the Lake District's hidden jewel', at Irton Hall in Eskdale you can enjoy Christmas dinner in true style! The 14th century hall is pulling out all the stops for the 25th of December with a menu that offers a large choice. Once you've cleaned up the three courses, you can enjoy an extra sweet treat in the shape of homemade truffles. Sounds fabulous!
Christmas day lunch price: £59.95 per person. Call 019467 26025 to book.
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The Black Swan, Culgaith
Close to Penrith and perfect if you're staying in the North East Lake District, the Eden Valley, or the North Pennines, The Black Swan will be serving up comforting food on Christmas Day. The food really is excellent, whatever the time of year so, if you're after a good old Christmas meal without too much fuss, then this is the spot for you!
Christmas day lunch price: £19.95 per person for two courses, £24.95 per person for three courses. Call 01768 88223 to book your table.
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Riverside Hotel, Kendal
Loosen the belt buckle and get ready for a whopping six-course Christmas lunch at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal! Jam packed with delicious food, including all the trimmings and local favourites, this is one for those who love a post-Christmas dinner food coma!
Christmas day lunch price: £60 per person (£30 for children aged 3 - 15). Call 01539 734861 to book.
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However you're celebrating Christmas this year, have a fabulous and safe time. It's a year for appreciating the little things!
We still have some holiday cottages available over Christmas.